PU faculty invited to international panel for women scientist issues

Chandigarh,07.12.19-Dr. Nishima Wangoo, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Sciences, UIET, Panjab University was invited to participate in a panel discussion on Women in Organic Chemistry- The Indian context , at the prestigious National Organic symposium trust (NOST) organized Organic chemistry conference being held at Udaipur from 4th to 7th December 2019. The other panelists included Prof. Allison Hulme- fellow of RoyaI society of chemistry, Prof. Anne Deveson- Deputy editor, Wiley, Prof. Prathama Mainkar- IICT, Prof. D. Sharada- IIT Hyd, Prof. Richard Kelly-Executive editor, Chem Comm, Dr. Namrata Rastogi-CDRI, Dr. Ritu Kapoor- DST SERB scientist and Prof. Deeksha Gupta- managing director of ACS. Dr Nishima highlighted issues related to the limited representation of women in national committees, advisory and governing bodies. Possible solutions to women researcher based issues were also discussed, such as age relaxation and inclusion of more research schemes exclusively for women. Initiation of a new forum, WISe- Women in in Science, of which Dr. Nishima is a member (recently started at Panjab University) was widely appreciated by the international community present in the conference and taken as an example of the measures needed to be taken nationwide to empower women scientists in India.
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A blood donation camp was organised by Department of NSS, Panjab University, Chandigarh under the guidance of Dr. Ikreet Singh Bal, Associate Professor, Dr. Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital , Sector 25, Panjab University, Chandigarh

Chandigarh,07.12.19-A blood donation camp was organised by Department of NSS, Panjab University, Chandigarh under the guidance of Dr. Ikreet Singh Bal, Associate Professor, Dr. Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital , Sector 25, Panjab University, Chandigarh, here today in association with the Dental Institute and Rotary and Blood Bank, Society Resource Centre, Sector 37, Chandigarh under the HDFC Bank blood donation initiative.
The Camp was inaugurated by Dr. Jagat Bhushan, Director, Dr. Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital , Sector 25, Panjab University, Chandigarh and Mrs. Navdeep Sharma, NSS Programme Coordinator, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Enthusiastic participation was observed throughout the afternoon. 85 units of blood was collected. Dental students and faculty donated blood and contributed their bit towards a noble cause
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GIAN workshop concludes at PU

Chandigarh -7/12/19-The six days GIAN workshop on inclusive education concluded today at CIL Panjab University.
The GIAN coordinator at Panjab university Prof. S. K. Mehta told that this is the 18 th workshop under the scheme in which international experts are invited to share their perspective for the benefit of Indian teachers and research scholars. With this workshop Phase 2 of GIAN concludes and phase 3 will start next year.
Prof OP Katare, former Dean Research at the Research promotion Cell of PU and well known for his dedicated research and patents in pharmacy was the chief guest. He said that all knowledge is within and we need to look within for answers. First we need to know our questions.
Prof Ronki Ram, Dean of Arts, Panjab University was the guest of honor. He expounded on the rich cultural heritage and how inequalities and untouchability perpetuated our social weakening. Working with hands has to be valued and such class of people cannot be called lower class.
During the six days workshop
Prof Ratna Ghosh , James McGill Professor of Education from McGill university Canada gave lectures and conducted workshops during the course on issues of diversity and difference, how to teach equity in classroom, integrate in curriculum and also how to rethink evaluation that is inclusive. Teaching diversity is so important for building awareness about cultural capital. It is to be taught in such a way that students learn that it is immoral not to be equitable. She also taught how to write and read a research paper. How to design activities that are inclusive for physical education,music, teaching mathematics. She provided significant inputs for teacher education. Teaching methods should aim at illuminating reality. Greatest asset of India today are the youth. The quantification of inequalities perpetuates the hierarchy through supposed equal opportunities during evaluation. Easy methods of evaluation are largely followed as it is time consuming to evaluate creativity and innovation. We need to redefine excellence.
Prof Nandita and Prof Latika from the Department of Education coordinated the course and contributed to the sessions on social justice in a stratified Indian society, holistic wellness, understanding socio cultural factors affecting children in India etc. , during the course.
There were 36 participants comprising of school and college teachers, NIOS regional center director, and research scholars. They were from various disciplines and regions of the country.
The participants received certificates and gave feedback about the workshop in the valedictory session.