YOU ARE THE CHANGE: Kailash Satyarthi
Chaqndigarh,12.10.17-Nobel Laureate Shri. Kailash Satyarthi and Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair Professor
at Panjab University delivered a special lecture on “Ending Violence Against Children
Globally” on the occasion of 6th PU Foundation Day at Law Auditorium, here today.
        Sh. Kailash in his address said that the structural problems of the society can
not be solved by the conventional ways. Violence against children is a crime against
human dignity. His war is against mental attitude which should be changed for making
India safe for all, he added. He urged the governments to prioritize the child related
Sustainable Development Goals and put children first. He further added that awareness
only will not help but political solutions is the need of the hour to solve the issue.
He informed that the Kailash Satyarthi Chaildren’s Foundation is striving towards his
vision of ending violence against children globally.
        Sh. Kailash urged all to look within to find hero in them to bring the desired
change  in the society as the power to change lies in each one of us. His goal for
Bharat Yatra is to make India free of fear, free of child abuse, free of child/girl
trafficking. He urged all to bring their passion in making New India where each child
is secure, all have food to eat and each girl is safe. He  informed that presently, he
is leading
the largest campaign the Bharat Yatra (India March) calling for an end to child sexual
abuse and trafficking in India and Panjab University is one of the platforms from where
he wants to regenerate the high spirit among the youths.

PU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Arun Kumar Grover said that the Foundation Day lecture in an
attempt to give exposure to all of us of the best in different fields. First Foundation
Day lecture in 2012 was delivered by eminent historian Prof. Romila Thapar; the second
was given by Jananpith Award winner writer Prof. Gurdial Singh ji; the third one by
eminent nuclear scientist, Prof. S. K. Banerjee; the fourth one by renowned
environmentalist Professor Kamaljit Singh Bawa, FRS; fifth one by an eminent Gandhian,
thinker and social activist who is also Chancellor of Gujarat Vidayapith, Ms. Ela
Bhatt, and today by Nobel Laureate Shri. Kailash Satyarthi and Lal Bahadur Shastri
Chair Professor, he added. He said that today’s foundation day lecture is of global
importance for ending violence against children.

Dr. Manish Sharma ,Coordinator ,P U Foundation Day in his vote of thanks said that the
PU Foundation Day Lecture has emerged as a key event in the global calendar of
important events of the Universities .He added that PU is becoming increasingly active
at the Global , National and Regional level making contribution to the strengthening of
the multi lateral and regional institution , building connectivity  , forging
international cooperation to deal with different problem .

Punjabi University Vice Chancellor Prof B.S. Ghuman, and large number of PU fellows,
teachers, officers, students and research scholars also participated in the Foundation
Day public lecture.

Earlier a rally started from the PU Guest house to the Law Auditorium in which the
students from different departments, NSS Volunteers and schools students participated
to  spread the message to eliminate the child abuse and slavery along with Shri Kailash
Satyarthi ji.
The special lecture was telecast live via and PU facebook
Chandigarh October  12, 2017
Biological Monitoring, Analysis & Quality Assurance 12Th – 14th October 2017
A three day residential training programme on the “Biological Monitoring, Analysis and
Quality Assurance” commenced today  which was jointly organised by School of Public
Health, PGIMER and Panjab University, Chandigarh with support from Central Pollution
Control Board (CPCB), Delhi and Department of Health Research (DHR), Delhi. Over 35
participants from various institutes, pollution control boards and health departments
representing 13 states of India are attending the training programme. Experts are from
various renowned institutes like National Environmental Engineering Research Institute
(NEERI), Nagpur; Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh; Punjabi University, Patiala;
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi, PGIMER, Chandigarh and Panjab
University, Chandigarh.
Dr. Ravindra Khaiwal, Associate Professor of Environmental Health, School of Public
Heath, PGIMER highlighted the importance of biological monitoring and mentioned that
the use of living organisms as indicators can increase reliability and effectiveness of
analytical control of environmental contaminants. Micro-organisms, protozoa, aquatic
plants and animals may serve as biological indicators to measure the total toxicity in
aquatic environment and can play a major role in programmes like ‘Namami Gange’ and  in
maintenance of local ponds and lakes.
Dr. Suman Mor, Co-ordinator, Centre for Public Health, Panjab University, stated that
changes in freshwater system can produce diverse biological effects ranging from the
severe effects (such as episode of mass mortality of big fish was observed in Dhanas
lake near Chandigarh) to the subtle effects. She further added that changes like these
indicate that ecosystem and its associated organisms are under severe stress. Hence,
the water from such ecosystem could affect the human health.
Dr. Malkit Singh, Department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER highlighted that most
widely used micro-biological procedures are for the monitoring of bacteria associated
with fecal contamination, which gives direct indication of water borne infection risk
to human health.
Prof. S.K Mehta, Director, Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facility (SAIF),
Panjab University and Co-ordinator of Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge
Cluster (CRICK), inaugurated the environmental training programme and emphasized that
state of the environment is of great concern due to its enormous impact on living
organisms and it is deteriorating due to human activities. Hence, he further stressed
that when designing a monitoring programme biological method should also be considered
along with other approaches to better understand the overall effect of contaminants on
water bodies.
The training programme is financially supported by Central Pollution Control Board
(CPCB), Delhi and Department of Health Research (DHR), Delhi and jointly organised by
Panjab University and PGIMER , Chandigarh.
Chandigarh October  12, 2017
Skill Development Courses Completed at UIET Panjab University Chandigarh
University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Panjab University
Chandigarh is successfully running skill development courses with the support of
Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh under EST & P component of Deendayal Antyodaya
Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM).  The courses are being run in the
Mechanical Engineering Department of UIET. The classes for these courses are scheduled
in the evening to facilitate the working candidates in learning new skills for better
job opportunities.
Under this program, two courses namely Computer Fundamentals with MS-Office,
Networking, Accounting with Tally & Soft Skill Training and Refrigeration and Air-
Conditioning was completed on 11/10/2017 with final evaluation by external examiners.
45 students in Computer Fundamentals course and 35 students in Refrigeration and Air
conditioning course completed their training.
The students are given an opportunity to learn in theory classes, acquire practical
skills with hands-on training in lab sessions and industrial visits. The students also
learn Ethics, Social values, Communication Skills and Basic Life Skills covering
various topics i.e. Savings, Accounts, Health & Life Insurance, Civic sense, respect to
women, Directive Principles of State Policy, Indian Culture and values, Public Health
etc. The successful students will be issued the Certificates collectively from UIET,
Panjab University and DAY-NULM Municipal Corporation Chandigarh.
        No fee is charged for these courses to facilitate underprivileged sections of
society. The students enrolled belong to the low income group families of Chandigarh.
The purpose of the program is to provide the youth with knowledge and skills which
enable them to stand on their feet and earn livelihood for them as well as for their
families. The students after completing the course have the opportunity to join a job
or start small skill based business of their own. The Government also supports the
students for loans to start their business through its various schemes.


DUI had convened a meeting of all Chairpersons/Directors/Coordinators of PU teaching departments/Institutes/Centers to review the new M.Phil/Ph.D. guidelines. Meeting was attended by VC, PU.

Chandigarh,12.10.17-As per the suggestion of Panjab University Vice Chancellor, DUI had convened a meeting of all Chairpersons/Directors/Coordinators of PU teaching departments/Institutes/Centers to review the new M.Phil/Ph.D. guidelines. Meeting was attended by VC, PU.


It was discussed that  SC/ST candidates having National Scholarships such as UGC(JRF), RGNF/Maulana Azad National Scholarship etc. or any other scholarship of Government of India ought not be denied admission particularly in M.Phil/Ph.D. program in order to give them adequate representation at Panjab University. SC/ST candidates who may not fall in the merit list prepared by the departments/Centres/Institutes for admission to M.Phil/Ph.D. Programmes, special slots may be created for such scholarship holders by the respective departments. To start with, wherever necessary, the faculty members may be given one extra candidate for supervision in addition to the stipulated number of candidates, later on the number exceeding the stipulated limit would get reduced as per norms.


It was also discussed that candidates having M.Phil degree from Panjab University may be exempted from Ph.D. Entrance Test, but such candidates would have to qualify the interview.  A Weightage of 10% marks may be given to M.Phil candidates as well as candidates having National Fellowships like JRF, Inspire fellowship, Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship etc. There shouldnot be any cut-off point / elimination of students on the basis of marks obtained during the interaction, for admission to M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes. The sum total of marks determined for academic record and those during the interaction may be considered for preparing merit list(s) for admission to M.Phil / Ph.D


Dean of University Instruction apprised that all the admissions made to M.Phil/Ph.D. Programme prior to the issuance of the circular No7363-7462/DUI/DS dated 26.09.2017 shall not be affected. However, if the departments are having vacant seats for M.Phil/Ph.D. Programme, admission to these seats may be processed as per the new guidelines. 


All the Chairpersons/Directors/Coordinators agreed in principle to adopt the revised M.Phil/Ph.D. guidelines with effect from 26.09.2017.