Chandigarh February 8, 2018

Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between Panjab University, Chandigarh and London
School of Management Education (LSME)

​Panjab University, Chandigarh has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the London School of
Management Education (LSME) in recognition of the establishment of a new collaborative working
arrangement for Responsible Research in India. This ceremony took place in London at the LSME Campus in
London Borough of Redbridge on 5th February 2018.
​This MoU is relevant as it is the first step towards implementing a joint objective to initiate and nurture the
culture of Responsible Research and Innovations amongst all participating institutions within the Chandigarh
Region Innovation Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC). The MoU Documents were signed by Dr Ravi Kumar on
behalf of LSME and Professor Arun Kumar Grover on behalf of PU.

​This proposal was based on the existing principle that research can be challenging and should be more
responsive to social needs and confront some of the threats faced by society in modern times.  Both PU and
LSME recognise the fact that when more organisations work together, these challenges can be addressed
more effectively than when alone. It was clear from a recent collaboration for the August 2016 LSME
Conference in Chandigarh that LSME and PU can work well together. The idea of Responsible Research,
although not in itself new, could be a driving force for research at PU and beyond, especially as a means of
bringing a wider range of people into the governance of the research process and in developing social
innovation in India.
​In his opening remarks, Professor Stephen McKinney of the University of Glasgow, stressed the importance of
research as a tool to create an interdisciplinary space to allow interaction between academics. To add to the
significance of this statement, Dr Peter Gray of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology,
highlighted the need for open conversations amongst academic researchers and stakeholders.
​Dr Ravi Kumar, the Executive Director of LSME used this opportunity to highlight the importance of UN
Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) which advocates for responsible management
training for future leaders committed to global social responsibility and sustainability, responsible research and
many more. He added that the collaboration between LSME, PU, to improve research and sharing of
information does not only serve as a vision for the collaborating institutions but also fits with a global principle
initiated by the United Nations. Lord Sheikh stressed the values of education, reading and scholarly research,
highlighting the importance of ensuring that research findings are relevant to the intended audience.
​Professor Arun Kumar Grover gave a detailed overview of the history of PU and its collaborating institutions in
UK, Australia and Canada. He pledged his commitment to the partnership and hoped that overtime, they will
all realise the impact on problems of interest to India and perhaps on a global scale.

​The signing ceremony was witnessed by Lord and Lady Sheikh of the UK House of Lords, Professor Arun
Kumar Grover, the Vice Chancellor of PU, Cllr Gurdial Bhamra of the Redbridge Council in UK, H.E. Mr
Hassan Shifau from the Republic of Maldives in UK, other Senior Diplomats, members of the Executive Board
of LSME, and staff and students of LSME.
​A Congratulatory message and closing remarks were delivered by Cllr Gurdial Bhamra and H.E. Mr Hassan
Shifau.  They commended the parties for taking this step which begins the process of unfolding of their
collective objectives. The Principal of LSME, Dr. Sarita Parhi, delivered the Vote of Thanks and closed the


Chandigarh February 8, 2018
PU geared up for three days Rose Festival
Panjab University (PU) Rose Festival would display 198 varieties of roses at the Prof
R.C. Paul Rose Garden at PU Campus. The three day 9th PU Rose Festival is starting from
February 9.
Prof. Meenakshi Malhotra, DUI, PU would inaugurate the PU Rose Festival at 2 PM on
February 9. The theme of the festival for this year is Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. At the
time of inauguration, a variety of cultural programmes will be presented by the
University and School students.
All the preparations have been completed and PU is ready to welcome the visitors. The
varieties of Roses at Prof. R.C. Paul Rose Garden have been increased from 178 to 198.
Sufi Folk Singer Rza Heer, Sufi Singer Kanwar Grewal etc would be the star attraction
this year. Prof. R.C.Paul Rose Garden, the venue of the festival is spread over an area
of 3.5 acres has 198 variety of Roses grown in 250 flower beds which are in full
blossom these days with 2,800 Rose Plants.
9th Panjab University Rose Festival has been made to give new look to the University
Campus in a  festival spirit like erecting two welcome gates, Hot Air Balloon, Flash
Light etc. and for beautification of garden, flower pots will be displayed in old
condemned tyres.
        The entries received for photography exhibition has been adjudged by a
committee comprising of Associate Professor Jayanth Narayan Pethkar, School of
Communication Studies, PU, Sh. Sanjeev Sharma, Senior Photo Journalist, Hindustan
Times, Sh. Upendra Sen Gupta, Chief Photographer, Dainik Jagran and Ms. Renuka B.
Salwan, Director, Public Relations, PU whose result would be announced on February 9,
There would also be a Fashion Competition on 9th February in which 9 teams will be
participating. PU has received in approximately 915 offline entries and 415 online
entries for all the competitions.
350 entries for flower competition have already been received and more entries are
            Prizes for flower competition and photography competition will be given by
Col. G.S.Chadha (Retd.) at 7:00 PM on February 9, 2018 at Old Convocation Ground, PU.
On the occasion, Rose Prince and Rose Princess will be announced and awarded.
For the photography aspirants, a selfie point is being created by fixing self made
colorful butterfly. To make it more attractive, selfie and catch the glimpses
competition will be organised without any entry fees. Daily three prizes will be
awarded by the organizers to winners of this competition. The selfie competition
participants have to upload photos on Facebook Page of Panjab University Rose Festival.
For the entertainment of general public and participants, cultural nights will be
organized on all three days.
Chandigarh February 8, 2018
PU scholar bagged Indo-Canadian Fellowship
        Amandeep Kaur, research scholar at Dr. SSBUICET, PU, Chandigarh has been
selected for Shastri Research Student Fellowship (SRSF), 2017-18. She is pursuing her
Ph.D. under the guidance of Prof. Sushil Kumar Kansal, an eminent environmental
engineer of international repute. His group is working on the water pollution abatement
using heterogeneous photocatalysis, adsorption and fluorescence sensing techniques.
        This is a prestigious fellowship awarded by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.
This year number of applications was huge and the competition was stiff. However, only
nine doctoral candidates have been selected all across the country. She will be
visiting University of Waterloo, Canada from February to August, 2018 to pursue
research on the treatment of pharmaceutical wastewater using heterogeneous
photocatalysis. She has been an outstanding scholar and published several papers in
renowned peer reviewed journals.
Chandigarh February 8, 2018
Series of Rubru at PU
School of Punjabi Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh in collaboration with Punjabi
Sahit Academy, Ludhiana has started a series of Rubru.  Under this series, Rubru with
renowned story-writer and fictionist Dr. Waryam Singh Sandhu was organized in the
Department, here today.  He started his career in the fourth decade of the 20th century
and still continues.  Talking with the students about his life, family, literary career
and contemporary literature, Dr. Waryam Sandhu spoke for two hours. In his lecture, he
defined the writer as a lighthouse, who with his writings gives the message of removal
of darkness from the society.  Waryam Sandhu said that terrorism, racism and religious
narrowness has been opposed in my writings.  My writings are affected by the teaching
of Sikhism and social welfare thoughts of Marx.  My writings have also been affected by
my parents.  Though, they were illiterates but the stories of human welfare told by
them became the part of my literary journey.
        Dr. Yog Raj, Chairman, School of Punjabi Studies, PU and Prof. Sukhdev Singh,
President, Punjabi Sahit Academy, Ludhiana gave a detailed account of his literary
achievements and contribution to Punjabi Literature. On this occasion, ghazalgo Siri
Ram Arsh, Prof. Uma Sethi, Dr. Sarabjit Singh, Dr. Pawan Kumar, Dr. Ashwani Kumar,
research scholar and students were present.  Students asked many questions to him about
literary theory and thought.  When he was asked that all the writer returned their
awards on the murder of a writer whereas you returned your award late.  In response to
this, he said he was awarded by a committee of writers of Bharti Sahit Academy, not by
the government.  Also, it was not his intention to return the award. When readers asked
him to do so by saying that our sentiments are associated with it, he did.  At the end
of the programme, Dr.Sarabjit Singh thanked the guests.   The Chairman of Department
Dr. Yog Raj said that the next Rubru will be with Jaswant Deed on 14 February and on 19
February with young poet Gurpreet.