Chandigarh December 16, 2017

  VICE CHANCELLOR’S STATEMENT

1.      With a deep sense of sorrow, I may inform the members about the sad demise of

(i)     Mrs. Veeran Devi, mother of Dr. Gurdip Sharma, Principal, G.G.D.S.D. College,
Hariana, Hoshiarpur and Fellow, Panjab University, on 13th December, 2017,

(ii)    Sardarni Sukhwinder Kaur Sandhu, mother of Dr. Shaminder Singh Sandhu, Fellow,
Panjab University, on 20th November, 2017,

(iii)   Dr. Pawan Kapur, former Director, C.S.I.O. (Oct. 2004 – Dec. 2012), Chandigarh, on
8th December 2017.  He was a founder member of CRIKC. He hosted the first meeting of the
Heads of CRIKC Institutions in July 2012.

(To pay homage to the departed souls, two minutes silence, all standing, may be observed).

2.      I am pleased to inform the Hon’ble members that:

i)      At the request of Hon’ble Governor of Punjab & Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Shri
V.P. Singh Badnore, Hon’ble Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President of India and
Chancellor, Panjab University, presided over a meeting convened in his office at New
Delhi.  Hon’ble Governor of Punjab apprised the Chancellor about the financial concerns
of Panjab University and its importance as a premier academic institution and its
pivotal role in bringing together all academic institutions and national laboratories
under the umbrella of CRIKC. The Vice Chancellor, PU, made a presentation during this
meeting.  The representatives from the UGC and MHRD were also invited to be present in
the meeting.

Hon’ble Chancellor, PU, has very kindly accepted our request to visit PU as Chief Guest
for its 67th Annual Convocation on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

ii)     A document containing proposal for grant of the status of ‘Institution of
Excellence’ with respect to Panjab University, Chandigarh, has been submitted to the
MHRD, on December 11, 2017.

iii)    2nd Dr. Urmi Kessar Memorial Lecture/Oration has been awarded to a highly acclaimed
novelist and poet Shri Vikram Seth. The event is scheduled at 4.30 pm on January 8,
2018, in the University Auditorium.  As per a revised provision in the Endowment for Dr.
Urmi Kessar Memorial Lecture/Oration, an honorarium of Rs.5 lakhs is envisaged to be
paid to the speaker.  Prof. Rumina Sethi, Dept. of English and Cultural Studies shall be
interlocutor during an interaction with Mr. Vikram Seth on January 8, 2018.

1v)     Prof. R.K. Kohli, former DUI, PU and Vice Chancellor, Central University of Punjab,
Bathinda, submitted a proposal to the Panjab University, Chandigarh, for establishing an
Endowment Fund in the name of his revered father (Late) Shri Shiv Nath Rai Kohli for
instituting an annual award comprising cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/-(one lakh only) and a
plaque with citation.  This proposal has been accepted by the Syndicate on 10.12.2017.
This award would be open to researchers in the PU, Central University of Punjab and
CRIKC Institutions.

v)      ‘Smt. Prem Lata and Prof. D.V.S. Jain Research Foundation’  honoured Prof. O.P.
Katare of University Inst. of Pharmaceutical Sciences with Smt. Prem Lata Jain Best
Researcher Award (2016), a citation and cash prize of Rs.15,000 and Dr. Navneet Kaur,
Associate Professor of the Dept. of Chemistry with Prof. D.V.S. Jain Best Researcher
Award (2016), a citation and cash prize of Rs.30,000 at the 2nd Research Award Ceremony
in the Department of Chemistry on 20th November 2017.  The Foundation further
felicitated Dr. Nishima Wangoo (UIET), Dr. Rohit Kumar Sharma (Chemistry), Prof. B.S.
Bhoop (UIPS), Prof. O.P. Katare (UIPS), Dr. Sonal Singhal (Chemistry) and Prof. Bimla
Nehru (Biophysics) with Best Publication Award(s) and a cash prize of Rs.5000/- each.

vi)     Prof. Jai Prakash, former Chairperson, Department of Hindi, will be honoured with
‘Sahitya Bhushan’ along with cash prize of Rs. 2 lakhs and a memento for his lifelong
services in the promotion of Hindi Sahitya for the year 2016 by the Uttar Pradesh Hindi
Sansthan.

vii)    Smt. Krishna Sobti, noted writer of Hindi literature and an alumna of  University
of Panjab at Lahore has been selected to receive Jnanpith Award-2017 for her outstanding
contributions in Indian literature.

viii)   Dr. Baljinder Singh, Fellow, Panjab University and Professor at Department of
Nuclear Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh, has been elected as President of the Society of
Nuclear Medicine-India.

ix)     Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) has awarded a research project to
Dr Aveneet Saini, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biophysics with a research
grant of Rs. 60 lakh to carry out advanced research to design and validate novel
peptides against pathogenic microbes.  Prof. Praveen Rishi of the Dept. of Microbiology
& Dean, Faculty of Sciences and Dr. Neha Singla, DST Inspire faculty in the Dept. of
Biophysics are co-investigators in the project.

x)      PU Vice Chancellor and Dean Alumni Relations attended the Fourth Annual Reunion on an
invitation from Panjab University Campus Students Alumni Association (Regd.) at Surrey,
British Columbia, Canada on October 22, 2017.  They also visited University of British
Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver and University of Fraser
Valley, Abbotsford to further fortify relationship(s) of PU with them.

xi)     India Canada-IMPACTS (a conglomeration of Canadian universities and Canadian
industries based at University of British Columbia, Canada) has signed a MoU with Panjab
University, Chandigarh and CRIKC Institutions during DST-CII India-Canada Technology
Summit in New Delhi on November 13 and 14, 2017.

xii)    The University of Birmingham (UoB) has invited the Vice Chancellor and Dean Alumni
Relations, PU, to participate in the Inauguration of UoB India Institute on January 29,
2018.  The PU alumni in U.K. has proposed to host an event on January 28, 2018, to meet
the PU Vice Chancellor. They had hosted a delegation led by the Vice Chancellor, PU and
CRIKC Institutions in August 2014 as they visited Universities at Birmingham and at
Nottingham.  During his visit to UK, the Vice Chancellor will visit other Institutes and
Universities at Nottingham on their invitation to further renew relationship with them.
In order to sign collaborative documents with London School of Management Education
(LSME) on behalf of Panjab University and Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge
Cluster (CRIKC), the Vice Chancellor, PU, will visit London on Monday, February 5, 2018.

xiii)   Hon’ble Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology, Minister of
Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Earth Sciences, has appointed
Prof. Arun Kumar Grover, Vice Chancellor, PU, as Member of the CSIR-Recruitment and
Assessment Board (RAB) w.e.f. 13th October, 2017, in his capacity as Vice-President,
CSIR.  The Prime Minister of India as President of CSIR had earlier made him a member of
the Governing Council of CSIR.

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Chandigarh December 16, 2017

Senate Meeting
Panjab University, Chandigarh in its Senate Meeting held here today, approved the
conferment of  the Honoris  Causa Degrees and presentation of Khel Rattan, Gyan Rattan
and Udyog Rattan Awards to the followings  at  the next  Annual Convocation of Panjab
University scheduled on March 4,2018:

a)     Smt. Sumitra Mahajan  , Doctor of Laws (Honoris  Causa)
b)     Prof. M.M. Sharma (FRS),  D.Sc. (Honoris Causa)
c)     Prof. Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee (FRS),  D.Sc., (Honoris Causa)
d)     Shri  Milkha Singh,   (Khel  Rattan)
e)     Prof. B.N. Goswami, (Gyan Rattan)
f)     Shri  Sunil Kant Munjal, (Udyog Rattan)

        The Senate also approved five Senate Members to the Academic Council for the term Ist
February 2018 to 31 January 2012 as under:
1.      Prof. Chaman Lal (Retd.)
2.      Prof. Mukesh Arora
3.      Dr. K.K. Sharma,
4.      Dr. Parveen Goyal
5.      Sh. Jagdeep Kumar

        The Senate approved the names of two Senate Members namely Ambassador I.S.Chadha,
IFS(Retd.) and Dr. R.S.Jhanji, Principal, A.S. College, Khanna as members of Board of
Finance for a term of one year w.e.f. 1.2.2018.

        The Senate adopted the Minutes of the committee constituted by the VC to examine the
rate of interest on Contributory Provident Fund and General Provident Fund to be paid to
the employees for the period 1.4.2016 to 31.3.2017.
        The Senate approved the recommendations of the committee which had framed guidelines
for creating and utilizing PU Voluntary Contribution Fund.

        The Senate approved the roster prepared by the committee Chaired by DUI for the post of
Assistant Professors.

        The Senate post facto approved the same fee structure, guidelines for NRI students
seeking admission to PG/UG Courses for 2017-18 was as applicable in the year 2016-17.
Apart from this, it was also decided that the fresh guidelines should be made for the
next academic year.

        Regarding the issue of framing rules and regulations of Migration cases in different
departments, the Senate resolved to form a Standing Committee under the Chairmanship of
DUI to evaluate the same in an objective manner.

        The Senate approved the recommendations of the Board of Finance as endorsed by the
Syndicate dated 10.12.2017, for budget estimates of Rs. 556.38 crores for the year
2018-19. In particular, Rs. 23.28 crore earmarked for completion of the multipurpose
Auditorium, Sector-25, PU, stands approved.
        The Senate approved the recommendations regarding the major repairs of the roof of the
PU Regional Centre, Shri Muktsar Sahib.

        The Senate approved the revised fees structure of hostels and PU Swami Sarvanand Giri
Regional Centre, Hoshiarpur for the year 2017-18.

        PUTA President raised the issue of incomes of Panjab University Alumni Association
(PUAA), for not having included in the University’s Income & Expenditure statement.  On
this, it was clarified that PUAA is a separate legal entity registered under the
Societies Registration Act (1860) and hence the Income & Expenditure of PUAA cannot be
included in the Income & Expenditure Statement of P.U.  The office of Dean Alumni
Relations had been created by P.U. and expenses related to this office only get
reflected in the P.U. budget document.

        The President, PUTA and Secretary, PUTA expressed serious concerns relating to
recommendation of Board of Finance and Syndicate for signing MoU with State Bank of
India for issue of Combo Cards to students, researchers, faculty and non-teaching staff,
citing apprehensions over security issues.  It was, therefore, agreed that a Joint
Committee comprising representatives of PUTA, PUSA and Panjab University Campus Students
Council (PUCSC) shall meet SBI representatives to seek clarifications on this.  It was
pointed out by FDO that move for Combo Cards was initiated on the articulation of its
requirement by PUCSC.