Chandigarh February 7, 2018
CHASCON-2018 at PU
        Panjab University, Chandigarh jointly with Chandigarh Region Innovation and
Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC: A cluster of Chandigarh region institutions to promote and
sustain excellence in research) is organizing a three day Conference, 12th Chandigarh
Science Congress (CHASCON-2018) from February 12-14, 2018 on the theme Science and
Society Interface: Exploration of Cost effective and efficient technologies through
Physical and Natural Sciences at Panjab University, Chandigarh.  Panjab University has
been successfully organizing CHASCON  for  last many years under the able guidance and
stewardship of Prof Arun K. Grover, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Since its inception in 2007, the Congress has come a long way  and continues to
encourage the young and innovative minds to pursue career in Science by providing  a
suitable platform to enhance their research acumen through interaction with eminent
scientists in varied  Science disciplines.
        Dr . Promila Pathak,  Professor, Dept of Botany, PU  is the Coordinator and Dr.
Sonal Chawla, Professor,  Dept of Computer Science and Applications, PU is the Co-
coordinator for the CHASCON 2018. They informed that several scientists and experts
will participate and deliberate on its theme. The technical sessions shall comprise
Plenary Lectures and both oral and poster presentations. The abstracts of the accepted
Oral and Poster presentations will be made available during the conference, Dr. Pathak
        Dr. Pathak further informed that the Congress will bring together the
scientists, researchers , industrialists, administrators, technologists, planners,
teachers and students on a common platform to exchange views and ideas on how to
communicate science and its basic values to the society at large. The deliberations
would explore the new dimensions in the field of industry, academia, research, IPR,
entrepreneurial ventures, regulatory affairs, and soft-skill management. The Conference
events will encompass keynote talks and poster sessions demonstrating current research
outcomes and information pertaining to various scientific domains, she added.
        It was added that the inaugural function shall be held at the University
Auditorium on 12th Feb’2018 at 9:30 am. Best Paper and Best Poster Awards announced in
each Science Section shall be awarded at the Valedictory function on 14th Feb’2018.
Exhibition stalls showcasing the department/institute’s activities and exhibitor’s
products shall be on display during the Congress.

Chandigarh February 7, 2018
NCC Panjab University organised a special awareness lecture on Cancer at Centre for
Police Administration (Emerging area building) on 6th Feb, 2018. Prof. D.K. Dhawan, the
key speaker, highlighted the causes and techniques to cure cancer. The event was
organised by Dr. (Lt.) Kuldeep Singh, Co-ordinator NCC and NCC cadets.
        Hemant Kumar DIG BSF, Lt. Col. Sunil Rawat, Dr. Monica Munjial, Dr. Paramjit
Singh Kang, Dr. Namita Gupta, Dr. Anu Gupta, SUO Bipul Raj, various faculty members and
cadets attended the lecture.


Chandigarh February 7, 2018
Audio Radio documentary / Radio drama competition by SCS, PU
School of Communication Studies (SCS), Panjab University’s(PU) official community radio
station 91.2 MHz. Jyotirgamaya is celebrating World Radio Day which falls on February
13 every year. Prof. Archana R. Singh, Chairperson, SCS informed that it also co-
incides with the 7th Anniversary of the Radio Station of PU. She informed that on this
occasion, an open competition for the tricity on audio radio documentary/ radio drama
for all the listeners is being organized on the theme “Radio as a medium of education”
She added that Radio is a mass medium that can be harnessed to enhance an education
campaign since it can span great distances and reach a large number of listeners.
Because of its wide coverage, relatively low unit cost, ability to reach those who are
illiterate, it has proved to be an effective educational medium, she added.
The fact that Radio is a non‐visual can be harnessed to improve education quality
the listener is compelled to support the sound message by using his/her own
imagination. No other medium has this educational power of stimulating and developing
the abstract thinking of its audience and enriching and activating the listener's
All the participants have to take care of the following conditions:-
1.      A team of maximum 3 persons can work on a project.
2.      Participants should be students from any educational institution in tricity.
3.      Last date of submitting your project is Feb12, 2018 till 5 p. m.
4.      Duration of the drama/ documentary should be 3-5 minutes.
5.      Results will be declared on the radio Feb14, 2018.
6.      Project should be in MP3/Wave format.
Winner will get a chance to host the show ‘Music ka Funda’ or ‘Sureeli Raatein’, the
most popular music shows of the radio station!
Prof. Archana informed that the Community Radio Station (CRS) of Panjab University is
acting as a unifying agent amongst the University faculty, students and also the
community. The station offers 3 broadcasts a day for over 11 hours duration. The radio
programmes can be heard over a range of 10 kms and the listenership base is on the
It was further informed that the aim of setting up the CRS is to impart knowledge and
information related to education, health and environment, social, cultural and local
issues and to provide a platform for dialogue and discussion amongst the community
members, students and faculty. Jyotirgamaya also serves as a platform for awareness
generation, education and experience sharing with the community in the vicinity of the
CRS. Having been set up by the School of Communication Studies, the CRS also acts as a
training ground for the students of electronic media.
Jyotirgamaya is setting new benchmarks every day. The Public Relations Council of India
awarded the special programme " Hamari Beti' run by PU CRS. It has been awarded a
yearlong project from National Council for Science and Technology, GoI, New Delhi with
Punjab State Council of Science and Technology for production of radio programmes on
Women's Health and Nutrition. The programme called 'Sehat ka Vardaan, Naari ka Samaan'
covers 365 topics of women's health. The station connects the community with experts
from the fields of Medicine, Social Welfare, Nutrition, and administration.
In collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh under the National Urban
Livelihood Mission GoI, the PU Radio runs a free of cost certificate course in Radio
Programme Production for the Economically Weaker Section of the society. IN its latest
accomplishment, Radio Jyotirgamaya has collaborated with British Broadcasting
Corporation (BBC) and UNICEF for the production and broadcasting of a radio show based
on adolescent issues called 'Full on Nikki'.


Chandigarh February 7, 2018
Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2018

PU ranks 2nd in Indian Universities

Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh has been ranked No. 1 University in Northern India
and placed 2nd amongst Indian Universities in the ranking released by ‘Times Higher
Education Asia University Rankings 2018’ followed by Jadavpur University, University of
Delhi, BITS Pilani and University of Calcutta. Among Indian Institutions, PU has been
placed at 10th Rank in the country when we include all IITs & IISC and 114th rank in
PU has an overall score of 31.5 with 32.4 in Teaching, 10.6 in Research, 55.5 in
Citations, 31.8 in Industry Income and 16 in International Outlook.
PU Vice Chancellor Prof. Arun K. Grover said that it is commendable for PU to have
improved its ranking. The University is consistently trying to improve the performance
in all spheres of education and research, he added. He has congratulated the students,
research scholars, teachers and staff for improving the rank despite the challenges.
Prof. M. Rajivlochan, Director, Internal Quality Assurance Cell, PU said that PU’s
performance is fantastic considering that PU’s hand have been tied by Government
Chandigarh February 7, 2018

Prize Felicitation Ceremony of SPELLECRAMA
Quiz Competition at UIAMS

University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS), Panjab University(PU),
Chandigarh organised Prize Felicitation Ceremony of SPELLECRAMA Quiz Competition, here
Prof Emanual Nahar, Dean Student Welfare, PU was the chief guest of the occasion and in
his address while congratulating the department for large participation, he highlighted
that by participating in these events the students have an overall impact on their
development and personality.
Spellecrama is a quiz competition which challenges the General Knowledge quotient and
the English Vocabulary of the students. The quiz competition comprised of 40 brain
storming questions to be completed within 20 minutes. This was a great opportunity for
students to access their intellect and scratch their minds. 260 enthusiastic students
comprising of 130 teams from various departments and colleges of PU, Punjab Agriculture
University, Ludhiana, PGGC, Sector-11, Aurobindo College, Ludhiana, MCM DAV College,
Gobindgarh Public College, etc participated.
Winners of the quiz competition were Aryaman Kumar Singh and     Apoorva Kumar Singh of
Department of Laws. The first Runner Up team was Amritpreet Kahlon and Maneesh Mittal
from Department of English and Cultural Studies and Department of Laws respectively and
the second Runner Up team was Divya Verma and Mitul Singh Rana of University Institute
of Legal Studies on 2nd February 2018. This promising event ignited the higher thinking
skills in students. The Certificate of Appreciation was also awarded to the ranked 31
teams who had cleared the benchmark of the quiz and rest 96 were teams given
Certificate of Participation.
Prof.  Upasna Joshi Sethi, Director, UIAMS informed the department is dedicated to the
development of students and many more exciting events are in line for the future.
Dr. Amandeep Singh Marwaha, Training-cum-Placement Officer, UIAMS, and Dr. Manjushri
Sharma, Assistant Professor, UIAMS, Panjab University, Chandigarh were also present on
the occassion.


Chandigarh February 7, 2018

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

The Department of Biochemistry, Panjab University (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.


Chandigarh February 7, 2018

Shahid Bhagat Singh Memorial lecture at PU

        Department of Political science, Panjab University, Chandigarh organised Shahid
Bhagat Singh Memorial lecture on “Louis Altusser and the Discourse of Karl Marx”. The
lecture was organised by Dr. H. S. Gill, Professor Emeritus, JNU. Professor Gill in his
lecture referred to Karl Marx as a great philosopher of European tradition who moved
from idealism to materialism in his philosophical orientation. While Plato considered
family as an obstacle in the achievement of a utopian state, Karl Marx considered the
institution of private property as the root of all the exploitation. This was why Marx
argued in favour of the collectivisation of Private property and ultimately the state
withering away to reach the state of communism. Hailing the methodological rigour of
both Hegel and Marx, Professor Gill specifically referred to the strength of Marxian
writings to study a given social-economic conditions. Commenting as to how to make
sense of text, Professor Gill asked the informed audience to take the context in to
consideration. Analytical, teleological as well as historical interpretation of a
philosophical text requires dialectical interaction between the writers and the written
words explains why the same authors come up with multiple interpretation of the same
        Professor Bhupinder Brar of the department of political science presided over
the lecture that was attended by the faculty members of different social sciences
departments and also researchers and students. Dr.Navjot, chairperson welcomed the
chief guest and other invitees. Professor Ronki Ram introduced the learned speaker.


Department of Chemistry organised fourth Pran Nath Vohra oration lecture by Prof. Pa

 Chandigarh,07.02.18-Department of Chemistry organised fourth Pran Nath Vohra oration lecture by Prof. Paul Walton, University of
York,UK in association with British council on February 7,2018 at 3pm in the auditorium of the department.
Prof Walton spoke on the topic of "Equality for women in science: why is it so slow".Prof Walton spoke
passionately about how the issue is perceived by the society and stressed upon the topic  by identifying
pointers such as it is generally thought that it is not my problem, if it is a problem at all, it is womens' problem
and the individual thinks I am completely fair. His words stimulated the mind of everyone present  and
sensitised them towards the issue of gender equality in science. The lecture was hugely  appreciated and was
given standing ovation by the audience. The speaker was overwhelmed to receive a warm hug from the senior
Prof Pam Rajput who is a crusader of equal rights for women. After the lecture, vice chancellor Prof Arun
Kumar Grover  briefly told about various prestigious collaborations between the Panjab university and
universities in UK. It was followed by informal interaction of Prof Walton with the students and faculty of the