Chandigarh November 21, 2017
‘The circadian rhythm and the biological clock’
Panjab University (PU) : Chandigarh Chapter of the National Academy of Sciences
(NASI), India, organized   Popular Lecture by Prof. Pallab Ray, PGIMER, Chandigarh,
as a part of its outreach program at Dept. of Biophysics, PU here today.
 The talk tilted ‘The circadian rhythm and the biological clock’ is based on the
2017 Nobel Prize work in Medicine/ Physiology s and is aimed at Research students
and Postgraduate physics students.  Dr. Sarvnarinder Kaur, chairperson, Dept. of
Biophysics, introduced the speaker.
Dr. Ray shed light on how time is measured each day in biological systems, including
our own bodies. The fact that research in biological clock won the Nobel indicates
the importance of the biological clock and its role in health and diseases in living
systems and the promising future of research in this field.
He described the detail, the functioning of Biological clocks as an organism’s
innate timing device. They’re composed of specific molecules (proteins) that
interact in cells throughout the body. Biological clocks are found in nearly every
living system and every tissue and organ studied. Researchers have identified
similar genes in man, fruit flies, mice, fungi, and several other organisms.
The concept of Circadian rhythms, which control when we’re at our peak performance
physically and mentally each day, keeping our lives ticking in time with Earth’s
day/night cycle, was elucidated by Prof. Ray.
It was attended by faculty, Research students and  students from the department.

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Chandigarh November 21, 2017
6th DST Inspire Internship Camp Inaugurated at PU
6th DST Inspire Internship Camp was inaugurated by Professor Prasanta K.
Panigrahi, Director, Dean of International Relations and Outreach and Dean of
Faculty Affairs, IISER, Kolkata at Panjab University Law Auditorium, here today.
        Professor Prasanta K. Panigrahi in his inaugural address on What is matter
made of?” highlighted that starting from special theory of relativity to modern
quantum physics, light has played a key role in almost all the branches of physics.
Prominent scientists like Newton, Huygens, Young, Einstein and Pancharatnam have
given shadow to the nature of light. Natural phenomena like diffraction,
interference and polarization are the key phenomena which are explained by the
theory of light.  We inspire young students to use this theory in modern
technologies like quantum technologies to have a better living world, he added.
        Major General KAS Bhullar, Project Director Meritorious School, PSEB, Mohali
who was Guest of Honor and while addressing, he urged his students to take full
advantage of this opportunity and do not hesitate to ask question in Hindi/English
or Punjabi.
        Col G S Chadha (Retd.), Registrar, Panjab University who presided over the
function, highlighted the importance of learning and not to give up at any point of
their life.
        Professor Kanwaljit Chopra, Chairman, University Institute of Pharmaceutical
Sciences, Honorary Coordinator of DST Inspire, delivered the welcome address and
highlighted the achievements of PU, UIPS and DST Inspire Program Centre.
        Dr Anurag Kuhad, Program Coordinator, DST Inspire Internship Camp introduced
the students to program schedule of the current DST Inspire camp while giving
details about the previous camps also. He informed that a total number of 547
meritorious students (361+ girls & 186 boys) specifically from Meritorious Schools
of PSEB, Mohali in the rural areas of Punjab are participating in the 6th DST
INSPIRE CAMP. Various faculty members and students of Panjab University were also
present at the inauguration function.

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Chandigarh November 21, 2017
Martyrdom Day of Sri GuruTeg Bahadur ji will be observed on 23rd November, 2017,
        It is hereby notified that holiday on account of Martyrdom Day of Sri Guru
Teg Bahadur ji will be observed on 23rd November, 2017, instead of 24th November,
2017 in the Affiliated colleges/Constituent Colleges/Regional Centres of Panjab
University situated in State of Punjab.

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Chandigarh November 21, 2017
“Why Secularism Fails: finding answers in the secularization of society”
A Discussion forum, Panjab University, Chandigarh in association with Department of
Sociology relaunched the 20th year of Critique on 21st November 2017, with a talk by
noted Historian, journalist, former excecutive editor (EPW) Dr. Aniket Alam.
The meeting was Chaired by, Prof. Janaki Srinivasan,  faculty and (Critique member)
from Department Of  Political Science, Panjab University.
Dr. Aniket Alam opened his talk with the question “Why Secularism fails?” He went on
to establish the difference between the secularism and secularization, that how the
lack of understanding the difference has always been a trouble not within India,
also in other parts of world. The basic way he comprehends the difference is that
Secularism is a position that religious belief should not influence public and
governmental decision, on the other hand, Secularization is the transformation of
the society from close identification with religious values and institutions towards
non-religious values and secular institutions.
He has highlighted problems by referring to examples dominating the society, in
which he pointed out the situation of people fighting a lonely battle.  He left the
audience by pointing out the misconception to grasp the meaning of secularism which
leads to serious confusion. Due to this there has been exploitation of workers,
unequal rights to women and so on. This discussion has raised questions in the minds
of audience and participants.
It was attended by students and faculty from across various Department of the
University, including Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Public Administration,
Cultural Studies and English, Political Science, Genome Studies, Geography and
Education.