Chandigarh February 6, 2018

Date extended for PU Rose Fest Competitions

The 9th Panjab University Rose Festival scheduled to be held from 9th February to 11th
February, 2018 is seeing huge response from participants for various competitions. The
forms are being sold online at the website ’’ and
offline at Festival Secretariat at Single Window Enquiry, Panjab University and Student
Centre, Panjab University.

In response to the huge public demand, the Organisers have decided to extend the date
for photography competition upto 07.02.2018 till 5:00p.m. and for other competitions
upto 08.02.2018 till 5:00p.m. Both the sale counters at Single Window and Student
Centre will work till 6 p.m. daily.

Chandigarh February 6, 2018

Workshop on Human Evolution begins at PU

        The four-day National Workshop on the “Perspectives in Palaeoanthropology &
Human Evolution: Concepts, Methods, Issues” began today at the Department of
Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, which is the only Anthropology Department
in India, known world-wide for its primate and ape fossil discoveries.
        Prof. Meenakshi Malhotra, Dean of University Instruction, Panjab University,
Chandigarh inaugurated the workshop and delivered the inaugural address.
        The keynote address was delivered by renowned palaeontologist and geologist
Prof. Ashok Sahni, who highlighted the early primate evolution during Eocene about 55
to 45 million years ago.
        Prof. Brenda McCowan of University of California, Davis (USA) was the Guest of
Honour and was felicitated for her contributions in the field of primatology.
        During inauguration,  Dr Kewal Krishan, Chairperson, apprised the audience
about the achievements of the Department.
        The highlight of the workshop is a one-day field trip to the Siwalik rocks near
Naraingarh where the participants would be field-trained. The workshop has been
designed as an enrichment programme for faculty and scholars for training them in
methods and techniques to study human evolution.
        During the Technical sessions, Prof. Rajan Gaur, Workshop Coordinator, talked
about the latest fossil hominin finds and their relationship to the theories of modern
Human origins. He concluded that modern humans emerged in Africa about 1,60,000 years
ago and then moved out of Africa to spread to various parts of the old world.
        Dr. Arun Sonakia, former Director of Geological Survey of India (GSI),
explained the discovery of the only known human fossil from India, ‘The Narmada Man’.
        In the afternoon sessions, Prof. Rajan Gaur and Dr. Suresh Kumar gave
demonstrations of the various techniques used in the laboratories for the preparation,
duplication and photography of primate fossils. Tomorrow, three technical sessions
would be held in which Prof. S.R. Walimbe, Prof. M.P. Sachdeva, Prof. Rajiv Patnaik,
Dr. A.C. Nanda and Dr. Parth Chauhan would talk on multifaceted researches on Human
        According to Prof. Rajan Gaur, nearly 60 delegates from various Universities
and institutions spread all over India are participating in the workshop.


Chandigarh February 6, 2018

Interested in Basic Science Career:
Apply for DST INSPIRE Internship Camp at Panjab University

DST Inspire Internship Program Centre, Panjab University is going to organize fully
funded 7th DST INSPIRE Internship Camp from March 27 – 31, 2018.  The students
participating in this five day camp will have an excellent opportunity to interact with
10-12 Bhatnagar Awardees, Academy Fellows and Eminent Scientists from National
Institutes like IISc, IITs, IISERs, NIPERs, CSIR, ICMR, DST, DBT, central/state
universities, research centers, TIFR, BARC, NCL, JNCASR, NBRC, NCBS etc. in the science
streams (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Life Sciences and Earth Sciences). They would
provide career counseling, career options in basic sciences thought provoking lectures,
open discussions, laboratory demonstrations, hands-on innovative experiments, encourage
group activities, facilitated self-learning, close interactions, and motivation towards
independent thoughts and inquiry-based questions. Hands-on laboratory sessions will be
organized in all science departments (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology, Botany,
Geology, Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Computer
Science, UIET and Pharmaceutical Sciences) of Panjab University where students will
perform small experiments along with chat with senior science faculty.
Total 500 students will be selected on the basis of their marks in class X examination.
The principals are requested to recommend all eligible students, who are presently
studying science subjects in class XI / taken admission into Class XII Science.
Eligibility Criteria: Cut-off marks in class X examination – for CBSE – CGPA - A1; ICSE
– 95%; Haryana – 88.8%; Punjab – 81.3%; Himachal – 84.5%; Uttar Pradesh- 72.6%;
Uttarakhand – 75.2%; Rajasthan – 83.1%; J&K – 87.2%; Gujrat – 86.4%). All the
participating students will be provided travel expenses, accommodation (outstation
candidates), meals and study materials for all five days of the camp. There is no
registration fee.
Completed registration form (hard copy) along with attested copy of class X mark sheet
recommended by the Principal should reach Dr Anurag Kuhad, Program Coordinator, INSPIRE
Internship Program Centre, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab
University, Chandigarh on or before March 16, 2018. For announcement, application forms
and other information, please visit or e-mail at

Chandigarh February 6, 2018

STEP UP and LEAD: Education as an instrument of change for transformation

The Department of Biochemistry, Panjab U        niversity (PU), Chandigarh started an
initiative "Step up and Lead" under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, as conveyed by
the chairperson,  Professor Archana Bhatnagar. She emphasized that social
responsibility has become an increasingly important concept and initiated this to
foster personal development in students, help them find their role in society and
stimulate social progress. Our students are so primed because of good education, hence
they can go on to became active change makers in society. Professor Seema Kapoor,
Coordinator Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, PU felt that one cannot be sustainable without being
socially responsible and appreciated this idea.

The first interactive session was held in coordination with an "Chhoti si Asha", a non-
profit organization working towards betterment of underprivileged children and women in
the slums of Chandigarh. From Chhoti si Asha, Mr. Jatinder Maan and Mr. Gurjinder (both
alumni of PU) apprised the audience about the problems of children living in Khuda
Lahora and what needs to be done in this direction. They requested the students to
volunteer for mentoring the underprivileged school going children. They gave an example
of an experiment initiated in Delhi where learning in underprivileged school going kids
could be improved by involving students from University and colleges as mentors.

The students of the department showed keen interest and were happy to be a part of this
activity. They had queries about activities that needed attention where they could
contribute. Ms. Palkin Arora, a student commented "we want to undertake such activities
as it is going to be learning for us too!" Another student remarked "what appealed was
that it was not based on sympathy alone. The disadvantaged population wants their
children to do better through education". Excited students have already come up for
volunteering enthusiastically as mentors of the deprived students.