Chandigarh February 16, 2018

Higher Education in US

 University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh organized an interactive session with students on higher education in US by Mr. Stewart Davis, Director of Programs, US Embassy North India Office, here today. In his address, he said that US is familiar and safe destination for students and more and more students are opting to study in US.

            Mr. Stewart informed the gathering of over 60 students about the types of institutions in the U.S. and that according to the 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange data released by IIE and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs : The number of Indian students in the United States has, risen to a record level, to over 186,000 the fourth year in a row to see double-digit growth. This is an increase of 21,000 over 2016 and a growth of 12%, one of the highest rates of growth in the world.  Further, the number of Indian students in the U.S. has doubled over the last 10 years and India is the second leading place of origin for students coming to the U.S., comprising 17.3% of all international students. The majority of Indian students (56%) in the U.S. are studying at the graduate level. 
            Mr. Davis also informed the students about the 5 steps to U.S. study which are research your options, finance your studies, complete your application, apply for your student visa and prepare for your departure. 

            Mr. Stewart made the students aware about the opportunities available in US and apprised them about the scholarships and good law schools, good law school on media law and the job prospects for Indians. He informed that there is no change in US Visa policy for India and it may get better for certain sections.

            Prof. Rajat Sandhir, Associate Director, RPC, Dr. Rattan Singh, Director, UILS, Dr. Shruti Bedi, Coordinator, faculty and students of law attended the program. 


Chandigarh February 16, 2018

Seminar ‘Law and Justice Concludes at PU

 Two day National Seminar on the theme : Emerging Issues’ organized by Department of Laws, Panjab University, Chandigarh in collaboration with ICSSR North West Region concluded here today.

            The Day started with a panel discussion on the topic- “New Media- Issues and Challenges” which was chaired by Mr. Kanwar Sandhu, Renowned Journalist and MLA Kharar Constituency. He stressed upon the importance of media literacy in controlling the otherwise uncontrolled social media. He asked the students to deliberate on what the fourth aspect of media could be in the future.

            The other eminent panelists included Prof. Veer Singh, Professor Emeritus, Department of Laws who referred the print media to be monologic while social media as dialogic and stressed on the need to be circumspect and make a conscious effort not to fall prey to manufactured content.

            Prof. Jitendra Mohan, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology differentiated between the controlled traditional media versus the unrestricted new media and gave the message to create one’s own media with the world wide web being their canvas and Prof. Sherry Sabbarwal, Chairperson, Centre for Social Work provided the sociologist’s perspective of new media in view of conflict theories, functionalism and constructivism. 

            As the Moderator of the panel discussion, Prof. Nishtha Jaswal commented that evolution is the law of nature and we live to adapt  and accommodate to the changes. She also spoke about New Media being another facet of media and the need to balance between its darker and brighter sides.
            Hon’ble Mr. Justice Rajive Bhalla, Former Judge Punjab and Haryana High Court & Dean, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar in his valedictory address talked about the complexity of the emerging issues in law and justice and highlighted that law cannot be divorced from social and political fields. He emphasized that since these issues are socially and politically charged, they shouldn’t be trivialized.

            Ms. Anu Chatrath, Dean, Faulty of Law, Panjab University, Chandigarh and Additional Advocate General, stressed upon the need for providing such interactive platforms to the students of law to deliberate and discuss the emerging issues in the field of law.

 Prof. Shalini Marwaha, Chairperson, Department of Laws, PU in her welcome address encapsulated the profiles of the dignitaries. She also discussed the relationship between Law and Justice and how both are complex and complimentary in nature. She further said that every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifices, suffering and struggles and the tireless exertions and passionate concerns of dedicated individuals.

            The seminar witnessed over 70 participants from across the nation. The Coordinator of the Seminar was Prof. Nishtha Jaswal and Co-coordinator was Prof. Devinder Singh. The formal vote of thanks was proposed by Prof. Nishtha Jaswal emphasizing on the use of law as an instrument to deliver justice. She further stated that law should not be a dead letter but a living reality and an instrument for delivery of justice to all without discrimination.

            The official report of the two day seminar was read out by Prof. Meenu Paul.