Chandigarh January 18, 2019

IAS Centre conducts Entrance test at PU

The IAS Centre, Punjab University conducted its entrance test for the
new batch of students preparing for IAS, here today. A total of 125
students were present for the test. The result of the test will be
displayed on 21st Jan., at 2pm at the IAS Centre, PU. About 70
students will be selected for this batch. Classes for the same will
commence from 28th Jan. Prof. Paramjit Kaur, Director, IAS Centre
and Dr. Shruti Bedi, Coordinator said that the students were well


Chandigarh January 18, 2019
One-Day Symposium Organized

The Department of Public Administration, Panjab University
Chandigarh in collaboration with Society for Promotion of Ethical and
Affordable Health Care (SPEAK), Chandigarh organised one-day Symposium
on “Ayushman Bharat: Central Government’s Flagship Health and Wellness
Programme” at the ICSSR NW Regional Centre, PU, Chandigarh, here

The Symposium began with the Inaugural Session followed by
two technical sessions and valedictory session.

The Inaugural Session was presided over by Professor. B.S.
Ghuman, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala. Prof. Ramanjit
Kaur Johal, Symposium Director and Chairperson, Department of Public
Administration welcomed the guests and introduced the theme of the
symposium. Prof. Johal stated that health development is essential for
the social and economic development of the country and the highest
attainment of the health is fundamental right of every citizen. Dr.
Ram Kumar, President, SPEAK India, during his Inaugural Address,
highlighted the initiatives undertaken by Society for Promotion of
Ethical and Affordable Health Care (SPEAK) and talked about wellness
for all and health insurance for poor. Dr. Shweta Mahendru, Project
Director, Ayushman Bharat, Government of Punjab delivered the Keynote
Address. She shared her experience of being actively involved in
health insurance schemes in different states including Punjab. Prof.
B.S. Ghuman, Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, in his
presidential address recommended policy prescriptions like employment
of objective and transparent method in identifying beneficiaries,
improving coordination among implementing agencies, ensuring state’s
share on regular basis, organizing capacity building programmes for
officials and social audit of the Scheme.

The Inaugural Session was followed by First Technical Session
titled Wellness and Fitness v/s Patient Care chaired by Sh, Vivek
Atray, Former IAS and presently a motivational speaker. The speakers
included Professor J.S. Thakur, PGIMER Chandigarh; Dr P.K. Taneja,
IIPA New Delhi; Mr Rajeev Ranjan Roy, Freelance Journalist and Dr
Anurag Sharma, Senior Cardiologist, OJAS Hospital, Panchkula and
covered topics related to Ayushan Bharat such as non-communicable
diseases; heart diseases, measures to be adopted for achieving the
objectives of the programme. The second technical session titled
Aspects of Health Insurance was chaired by Sh. A.S. Chatha (IAS,
retd), former Chief Secretary, Punjab. The session had presentation
made by Dr. A.S. Kohli, Ex-Regional Manager, National Insurance
Company Ltd.; Professor Keerti Pardhan, Expert, Health Management,
Chitkara University; Sh. Inderpal Singh, SBI; Ms Preeti, Dean, Faculty
of Health Sciences, Chitkara University; and Ms. Saroj Nain, a key
official associated with implementation of Ayushman Bharat in
Chandigarh .

The Valedictory Session of the Symposium began with
presentation of the report of the proceedings of the Symposium by Dr
Bharati Garg, Symposium Coordinator, and Assistant Professor,
Department of Public Administration, PU, Chandigarh.

The Valedictory Address of the Seminar was delivered by Sh.
Amardeep Singh Cheema, Chairman, Punjab Health Systems Corporation.
During his address, Sh. Amardeep Singh Cheema referred to various
health insurance schemes already playing a key role in providing
health insurance coverage in Punjab specially to those belonging to
disadvantaged sections of the society. Sh. Cheema informed the
audience that Punjab is in the process of launching health insurance
scheme, namely, Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana patterned on the philosophy
of Ayushman. The scheme aims to cover more than 43 lakh families of
Punjab with coverage of Rs. 5 lakh health insurance to achieve the
state government’s objective of ensuring health for all. Sh. Cheema
opined that the participation of civil society organizations, media
and higher education institutions holds a key in improving the
performance of initiatives in the healthcare sector.

The session was presided over by Professor Shankarjit Ji Jha,
Dean of University Instructions, PU, Chandigarh. In his address,
Professor Jha drew support from Indian classical traditions and texts
to further the aim of maintaining healthy lifestyle.