Chandigarh July 8, 2018

PU Senate Adjourned

The Senate Meeting of Panjab University was held today with 16 members participating in the meeting. After the Vice Chancellor’s statement, several members recall the contributions of Prof. Arun K. Grover, Vice Chancellor, PU during the last 6 six years.

Before the taking up of Agenda items, a few members opined that the meeting be postponed in view of thin attendance. However, some members opined that agenda items like ratification of CAS promotions, confirmation of employees and items related to commencement of new session be dealt with by the members present and remaining matters be deferred to a later sitting of the Senate, to be rescheduled in a near future.

There was lack of consensus on the above two alternatives. A vote was then taken on the above options. Seven persons favoured the former option and six members favoured the latter one.

The Vice Chancellor opined that he shall inform the Chancellor’s office of the deliberations of today’s Senate meeting and shall seek the guidance on convening of the next sitting of the Senate from Chairperson of Senate, namely, The Chancellor, PU on whose behalf the VC presides over the Senate meeting.

The Senate, however, authorised the Vice Chancellor to take a call on the essential items related to the smooth commencement of new academic session in consultation with Dean Student Welfare, Prof. Emanual Nahar, Fellow, PU.

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Chandigarh July 8, 2018

VICE CHANCELLOR’S STATEMENT

1. With a deep sense of sorrow, I may inform the members about the sad demise of

i) Mr. Justice J.S. Narang (Retd.), distinguished alumnus, PU and former Judge, Punjab & Haryana High Court, on May 27, 2018.

ii) Dr. Kuldeep Kumar of the Department of Physics, PU, on June 10, 2018

iii) Shri Amarjit Singh Ahluwalia father of Prof. V.K. Walia, Department of Zoology, PU, on June 26, 2018.

(To pay homage to the departed souls, two minutes silence, all standing, may be observed).

2. I am pleased to inform the honourable members that:

i) Panjab University, Chandigarh has been ranked No.2 in India among the top 1250 top universities globally as per the US New Ranking 2018. Apart from this, Department of Physics, PU, has been ranked No.1 in India.

ii) Professor M Rajivlochan has been made a member of the five-member Content Review Committee set up to create a Museum of Prime Ministers by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in the Teen Murti Estate, New Delhi.

iii) Hon’ble Governor of Punjab and Administration, UT, Chandigarh, Shri V.P. Singh Badnore honoured 3 Professors of Panjab University with ‘Award of Recognition’, viz., Prof. Shankarji Jha, Dean University Instruction (For outstanding contribution to Sanskrit Literature/Language), Prof. Shelley Walia, Fellow, PU (For outstanding contribution to English Literature/Language) and Prof. Madhukar Arya (For outstanding contribution to Urdu Literature/Languatge) at 10th Annual Award ceremony of the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi (CSA) on May 28, 2018.

iv) Panjab University is one of the eleven Indian research collaborators in a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) grant from Research Councils UK-India for the project titled “Transforming India’s Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable Food Supplies (TIGR2ESS)”. The project TIGR2ESS, comprising 20 participating institutions, has been awarded £6.9m funding for a 4 year period. The share awarded to PU is £154,226/- The principal institution is the University of Cambridge, U.K. Prof. Arun Kumar Grover, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University and Prof. Ramanjit Kaur Johal, Professor of Public Administration and Director, Research Promotion Cell (RPC) are the designated co-investigators from Panjab University. A Post-Doctoral Research Associate will be recruited by PU under the project.

v) Panjab University alumnus Prof. Kamaljit S. Bawa, FRS, has become the first Indian to receive the ‘Linnean Medal 2018’ in Botany for his research on the biodiversity of forests in Western Ghats and Eastern Himalayas, on May 24, 2018.

vi) Prof. P.C. Dandiya, Distinguished Emeritus Professor, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, will deliver ‘Panjab University Pharmaceutical Sciences Oration 2018’ on November 26, 2018 to commemorate the 90th birthday of iconic Professor Harkishan Singh ji.

vii) Dr Kewal Krishan, Associate Professor and Chairperson, Dept of Anthropology, has been awarded as ‘Outstanding Research Faculty Award’ by Careers360. The selection was based on a composite score generated by evaluating the academic output in SCOPUS indexed journals for the year 2015-17, the citation count and the h-index.

viii) Ms Ripandeep Kaur, Research Scholar working under the supervision of Prof. B.S. Bhoop and Prof. O.P. Katare in the University Instt. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been selected for the highly prestigious “Commonwealth Split Site Scholarship”, tenable at University of Salford for studies in Nanobiomedicine by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK.

ix) Ms Shelja Sharma, Research Scholar in the Department of Chemistry, PU, has been awarded with Newton Bhabha Ph.D. Placement (2017-18) by the British Council and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, at the University of Hull, UK.

x) Ms Shivanshi Vashist, Research Scholar, Department of Microbial Biotechnology, has received ‘Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) of Rs. 50 lacs from Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Government of India, to carry out a project to develop enzyme sachet, ‘Novice Zyme001-A closer look into enzymatic biotransformations.

xi) PU Directorate of Sports is continuing to perform well in the various sports events at International, National and Inter-University level Tournaments /games for award of MAKA trophy during the last three years. An update on the performance in the last three years, as made available by the Directorate of Sports is as follows:

Sr.No. Session Points

1 2014-15 20495

2 2015-16 43880

3 2016-17 66495

In view of the excellent performance of PU players, hard work of faculty, coaches and staff of Directorate of Sports, 15% increase in score is expected over the last year during the Session 2017-18. The PU got placed at the second position for MAKA trophy in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

xii) Ministry of Communications, Department of Posts, Government of India, has accepted the proposal of Panjab University, Chandigarh, for issue of Commemorative Postage Stamp to commemorate centenary year of Professor Ram Chand Paul (former Vice Chancellor, PU, Chandigarh). The stamp will be released on 20/10/2018.