Chandigarh January 12, 2018

        NSS, Panjab University Chandigarh celebrated National Youth Day and Lohri by
honouring fourteen  employees maintaining the cleanliness of Panjab University  from
Department of Horticulture, Panjab University, Chandigarh here today.

        All these workers were presented with Shawls by the NSS volunteers for doing
excellent work in the Panjab University campus. Navdeep Sharma, NSS, Programme
Coordinator with NSS Programme Officers namely Dr Anupreet Mavi, Dr Manjushri Sharma
And Gaurav Gaur. From Panjab University addressed the  audience and shared the
importance of celebrating Youth Day with youngsters. She said youth can change
anything, if they  wish to do. Youth can  undertake any project and do wonders. The
energy of youth can be channelized in a positive manner.  She shared the various
teachings of Swami Vivekanda for young generation. She said, we all should have role
models like Swami ji to have a successful and optimistic life.

Chandigarh January 12, 2018
PU Prof’s research acclaimed by Australian universities
A group of eight (Go8) Australian universities has acclaimed the research work
undertaken by Prof. Harsh Nayyar of Botany department and his team, in collaboration
with the University of Western Australia and International Crops Research Institute for
Semi-arid Tropics, on environmental impacts on food crops. The work has been documented
in a book on ‘Excellence in India’, released recently by the Minister of Education and
Training, Australia, in New Delhi.

Prof. Nayyar has been working with Australian and other prestigious international
institutes such as ICRISAT, International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas
(ICARDA) and World Vegetable Center on developing climate-resilient food crops. The
University of Western Australia has recently sanctioned a collaborative project to him
to work on climatic effects on agricultural crops. He has been felicitated by the PU
governing bodies twice for these collaborative research contributions. He was recently
honored by Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur, at a National conference, for
his contributions towards research on food crops.
Chandigarh January 12, 2018
Release of new book of Poet Pardeep in Punjabi Department
Department of Punjabi, Panjab University, Chandigarh released the recently published
book namely Bori Tand of the Poet Pardeep here today which  is his fourth poetry book.
His  other three books include ‘Trikuti’, ‘Kharak’ and ‘Antral.’
An article by Dr. Yog Raj on his book was also published in the Punjabi magazine.  This
year, Pardeep was awarded with ‘Young Poetry Sanman’ by Punjabi Sahit Academy,
        The Chairperson of the Department Prof. Yog Raj, Prof. Sukhdev Singh, Prof.
Nahar Singh, Dr. Sarabjit Singh, Assistant Professor Ashwani Kumar, Prof. Uma Sethi,
Dr. Akwinder Kaur and research scholar of the department were present.  On this
occasion, Dr.Yog Raj highlighted the some important aspects of his poetry book.  He
said that his poetic language is original and new.  He used fresh and new metaphors and
simlies His poetry try to read the inner voice of the modern man.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Swami Vivekananda Studies, Panjab University
Chandigarh in collaboration with Vivekananda Kendra and Youth For Seva organised *Surya
Namaskara* to motivate youth towards a healthier lifestyle

Chandigarh January 12, 2018
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Swami Vivekananda Studies, Panjab University
Chandigarh in collaboration with Vivekananda Kendra and Youth For Seva organised *Surya
Namaskara* to motivate youth towards a healthier lifestyle. Sh Satyapal Jain, former MP
and member Law Commission inspired the youth to form the habit of doing   Surya
Namaskar as it is a good way to keep healthy body and peaceful mind. He congratulated
the organisers for
taking this initiative and encouraged the students, research scholars, faculty and
office staff of the university who participated in the event. He said,” I salute the
energy and enthusiasm with which Swami ji coaxed the countrymen to come forward and
work for the upliftment of society.”

On Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary the Interdisciplinary Centre for Swami
Vivekananda Studies, Panjab University paid homage to one of the world's greatest
spiritual leaders by taking his message to the youth. Swami Vivekananda is an iconic
and inspirational figure for many who has influenced generations of youngsters. He
professed the philosophy of Oneness and inclusiveness and was the major force for
bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion in the late 19th century. He
introduced Indian philosophies of *vedanta*and yoga to the western world. His birth
anniversary is observed as Swami Vivekananda Jayanti every year on Jan 12. Since 1985,
the day is also celebrated as National Youth Day.

Ashu Pratap and Ravinder Kumar guided the participants in performing the different
postures while focussing on breath with chanting of mantra. Sushri Alka Gauri Prant
Sangathak of Vivekananda Kendra Kanya Kumari and Prof Sanjay Kaushik Director, ICSSR,
NWRC, Prof Devinder Singh, Coordinator, Ambedkar Centre also talked about Swami ji’s
contribution as a spiritual and political leader of the masses.  Prof. Anju Suri, Prof.
Sukesh Chandra, Prof. Latika, Dr. Priyatosh, Dr. Rekha, Dr. Kanwalpreet, Dr. Kalpana,
Dr. Amritpal,  Dr. Puja and many faculty members participated and showed lot of
enthusiasm for organising such events in future also.