Chandigarh January 17, 2020
DST-FIST Grant for 3 Departments of PU
Department of Science & Technology (DST), has sanctioned the grant under
Improvement of Science & Technology (FIST) Infrastructure Programme to Panjab
University, Chandigarh.
Prof. Savita Gupta, Chairperson, UIET informed that an amount of Rs. 3 crore
under the said scheme has been sanctioned to the Mechanical Engineering Department of
UIET, Panjab University under Level-1 for a period of 5 years for the first time for
setting up a state-of-the-art Centre for Biomechanical Engineering and Medical Devices.
Mechanical Engineering department is among the 16 engineering institutes
selected out of a total of 228 applications across India. The proposal went through a
rigorous screening and selection process over a period of 6 months. Core team from the
department who conceived and presented this proposal comprised of Dr. Prashant Jindal,
Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Dr. Amit Thakur, Prof. Manu Sharma, Prof. A.P. Singh and Dr. Amit
Chauhan.
This project will benefit the institute and University immensely with
upgradation of infrastructure and facilities related to high-end manufacturing,
software modelling and material designing. Undergraduate, postgraduate students and
research scholars across different engineering disciplines will be using these
facilities for upgrading their employability skills and will be encouraged to initiate
start-ups in this novel area. This will enable highly skilled human resource generation
across the region. Nearby hospitals and manufacturing industry will collaborate with
the department for designing and manufacturing of implants for serving cost-effective
reconstruction medical solutions to the society. New design courses and PG programs in
collaboration with academia, hospitals and industry will also be introduced.
Multi axis milling machine will be installed for enhancing the existing
biomedical engineering infrastructure of the department that has previously been
supported by MHRD under Design Innovation Centre project. Using medical grade metal
material, biomedical implants for skull, facial, knee, hip and elbow reconstruction
surgeries would be designed, manufactured and supplied to hospitals to enable cost-
effective treatments for the needy patients.
International workshops would be organized for resource mobilization and
capacity building. With due progress under this scheme, a self-sustaining resource
generation setup would also be established
Similarly, Department of Botany has been granted amount of Rs. 80 lacs for the
duration of 5 years, under the said scheme to strengthen the research facilities in the
Department and post-graduate teachings, informed Prof. Daizy Rani Batish, Chairperson
of the Department. She further informed that the funds will be used for improvement of
infrastructure and purchase of new and advanced equipments for research labs. This will
help in Post Graduate Teachings.
Prof. Gurmeet Kaur Bakshi, Chairperson, Department of Mathematics, also
received a Grant of Rs. 87 Lakhs for 5 years duration to strengthen the research
facilities in the Department. An amount of Rs. 50 Lakhs will be spent on Equipment and
Networking for the labs and Rs. 30 Lakhs for Library Books/Journals and Rs. 7 Lakhs for
the Maintenance.

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Chandigarh January 17, 2020
Revamp of Footpaths in full swing at PU
The revamp work of the footpaths is in full swing at Panjab University these
days. The work has started with the replacement of old and broken tiles of the footpath
by the ‘Paver-Blocks’. In the first phase, the work of fixing the paver-blocks has
started on the pedestrian infrastructure from Gate 1 to Administrative Block.
Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor (VC), Panjab University(PU) in its meeting
with the officials of the construction wing has instructed them to improve the
pedestrian infrastructure on the campus by expediting the work of fixing the paver-
blocks and also to ensure the quality of the material used in the work. PU VC stated
that the move is in furtherance of the ‘Global Plan for the Action for Road Safety’ and
aims to meet the special requirements for students, women, children, senior citizens,
differently-abled persons, and other pedestrians relating to road safety and traffic
management. This move is significant in the light of the requirement for providing safe
passage for pedestrians.
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Chandigarh January 17, 2020
The students of Semester VII of B.A B.Ed programme are going to various Govt.
Schools of Chandigarh for their Internship Programme from January 20, 2020 to May 15,
2020. Parents’ Teacher Meeting (PTM) was organized in Institute of Educational
Technology and Vocational Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh for the
parents/guardians of students of Semester VIII to orient them about the structure of
‘Internship Programme’ and to get their feedback about the structure and syllabi of
B.A. B.Ed. programme. Around 30 parents/guardians turned up for the meeting. Parents
gave valuable feedback and suggestions regarding the programme.
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Chandigarh January 17, 2020
Workshop by PU ENACTUS team at Maloya
Enactus team of Panjab University organized a “Financial Literacy and Design
Workshop” for the potters of Maloya, Chandigarh under project Dhra to enlighten the
potter community with budgeting and saving strategies. Enactus is an international non-
profit organization that works for the upliftment of the society through the creation
of entrepreneurs.
The workshop was a part of Project Dhra which aims to better the lives of
potters by promoting the art of pottery as well as eradicating the use of plastic
cutlery, informed Prof. Seema Kapoor, Faculty Advisor, Enactus. The team realized that
the usage of clay products in daily life is highly eco-friendly as it reduces the
amount of plastic and non-biodegradable products. Furthermore, the plastic cutlery
disposed in the oceans is often consumed by aquatic animals leading to fatal conditions
in the marine ecosystem. Each and every step of this project is taken to keep the
environment and aquatic life safe. Prof. Kapoor also told that the team has already
linked these potters with various food joints and nurseries and is helping them in the
best possible way.
The event was carried out by Dr. Monika Aggarwal, trained professional from
Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). She highlighted the need of financial
education for the uplift of underprivileged societies. She was not only informative but
also very interactive. Most of the potter families of Maloya, Chandigarh attended the
workshop to learn more about how to handle their finances. Refreshments were also
distributed to the workshop participants along with the stationary kits. The team
members were very enthusiastic about this venture and were looking forward to make it a
huge success.
The Enactus members and team president, Mr. Harleen Singh acknowledges the
invaluable guidance and advice of Prof. Emanual Nahar, Dean Student Welfare, Panjab
University and other higher authorities of Panjab University for always encouraging and
appreciating the team for its projects.
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Chandigarh January 17, 2020
2 Day Seminar at UIET, PU
Mechanical Engineering Department, University Institute of Engineering and
Technology (UIET) organized a two day national seminar on “Research Resurgence” from
17th -18thJan which was inaugurated today by Padma Shri Prof. Jagat Ram, Director
P.G.I, Chandigarh. He enlightened the audience about the medical breakthrough due to
technological resurgence in research and highlighted the achievements in medicine
sector due to collaboration with engineering research.
Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh sensitized the
audience on the importance of interdisciplinary research as the need of the hour and
motivated the participants to utilize their research ideas for social and economic
benefits of society.
The seminar had Expert talks by Sh. Satish Kumar, a social worker and Sh.
Deepak Kansal, MD, Xeam Ventures Pvt Ltd, Chandigarh.
Prof. Savita Gupta, Director, UIET, PU, Patron of the Seminar, Dr. Amit
Chauhan, event coordinator, faculty, researchers and students were present on the
occasion.
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Chandigarh January 17, 2020
PU Professor gets ICSSR Major Research Project
Dr. Gulshan Kumar, Professor of Economics at University Institute of Legal
Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh has been granted a Major Research Project
titled, “Assessing Quality of Life of Transgenders in India: A Case Study of Tricity
(Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula)” of 9 Lakhs rupees by the Indian Council of Social
Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi.

The research project proposes to assess the quality of life of transgender
persons and endeavors to work out their dependence level on various socio-economic
conditions prevalent in this region. Perceptions of the people in this area about
Transgender persons will also be recorded. To dig out various causes of the problems
being faced by Transgender persons, present socio-legal status of Transgender persons
in India in historical perspective will be examined with a view to suggest various
policy measures and changes. Moreover, gender specific difference in earnings of
transgender persons with in Lesbian, Gay and Bi-sexual (LGB) Community will be
analyzed.

This research project is having societal relevance as it aims to reveal the
root cause of the apathy towards the transgender community by examining the society
perceptions and will help policy makers in future planning for their welfare and
upliftment. And accordingly, social awareness and sensitization programmes may be re-
framed or re-structured in accordance with the findings. Recommendations of the study
will enable the transgender persons in getting their due position in society. The
research findings will set the ball in right direction to go ahead for the formulation
of apt policies for upliftment of transgender community in the nation.
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Chandigarh January 17, 2020
Festival Secretariat of 11th PU Rose Festival inaugurated

The Festival Secretariat of the 11th Panjab University Rose Festival to be held
from 7th-9th February, 2020 was inaugurated today by Prof. Karamjeet Singh, Registrar,
Panjab University at Single Window Enquiry, Near Post Office, Panjab University. Poster
of the Festival and brochure of Flower Competition was also unveiled by the Registrar.

The Registrar also had hands on experience of the working of the website of the
festival 'www.panjabuniversityrosefestival.in'. The Registrar appreciated the website
of the Rose Festival particularly, the online registration for competitions and efforts
of the Organising Committee.

Er. R.K. Rai, Executive Engineer-I; Ar. Harpreet Singh, Architect; Er. Narinder
Kumar, SDE (Electrical); Sh. Jatinder Moudgil, Manager Press; Mrs. Renuka Salwan,
Director Public Relations; Dr. Suman Mor, Chairperson, Deptt. of Environment Studies;
Dr. Naveen Kumar, UIAMS; Sh. Deepak Kaushik, President PUNTEF, representatives of other
employees Unions and other members of Organising Committee of the Rose Festival,
teaching and non-teaching staff, students and general public were in attendance.

With the inauguration of the 11th Panjab University Rose Festival Secretariat,
the sale of the forms for participating in various competitions has started at the
Festival Secretariat and also on the website 'www.panjabuniversityrosefestival.in'.

Er. Anil Thakur, Divisional Engineer (H)-cum-Organiser of the 11th Panjab
University Rose Festival apprised those present that during the three days festival,
different competitions will be arranged for different age groups among the School
Children, College and University Students. Apart from it, for the entertainment and to
spread Indian culture among the masses, the Festival will have Cultural/Star Nights in
the evenings of all three days of the competitions.

The festival will be inaugurated on 7th February, 2020. The festival will have
Judgments of Flower and Photography Competitions and Competition of Bands of schools on
first day. On second day i.e. 8th February, 2020, competitions of Singing, Rangoli,
Collage Making, Face Painting & Slogan Writing for school, College and University
Students as well as general public will be held. On third day i.e. 9th February, 2020,
competitions of Poetic Recitation, Rose Prince/Princess, Dancing, Mehandi, Painting,
Fancy Dress will be held.

To cater to the need of the visitors, there would be variety of food space in
the Food Court. For entertainment of youngsters and children, amusement park and gaming
zones will be set up.

The main attraction would be the open flower competition with about 60 nos. of
competition for residents of Tricity.

For healthy children, there would be the competitions of three age groups of
Rose Prince and Rose Princess.

Space will be provided to sponsors to showcase their products and services
which will get vast publicity due to huge gatherings expected at the festival like
previous years.

The Entries for Photography will be accepted upto 5:00 p.m. on 04.02.2020 on
offline mode only. The theme of the Photography Competition will be “Ariel View of
Panjab University Campus” and “Horticulture beauty of Panjab University”. The winning
entries of photography competition will be displayed at the time of inauguration of the
festival on 07.02.2020.

Entries for flower competition will be accepted upto 5:00 p.m. on 06.02.2020 at
Rose Festival Secretariat and on 07.02.2020 till 10:00 a.m. at Prof. R.C. Paul Rose
Garden, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Entries for all other competitions will be accepted upto 05.02.2020 till 5:00
p.m.. Schedule of the festival and terms and conditions pertaining to participation in
various competitions are available at the Festival Secretariat and at the aforesaid
website. Forms can be submitted at the Festival Secretariat up to 5 pm on all days
including holidays.

For any further information regarding the 11th Panjab University Rose Festival,
the participants may contact at 7888331330 or 9814893401.

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Chandigarh January 17, 2020
AICTE Training & Learning (ATAL) Workshop on ‘ROBOTICS’ Concludes @ UIET on 17th
January 2020
One week AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Workshop on “ROBOTICS” oorganised by UIET
from 13th January to 17th January 2020 concluded, here today.
Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, was the chief guest at
Valedictory function. Prof. Savita Gupta, Director UIET was the guest of honor.
Participants from all over India attended this workshop covering almost all states like
Gujarat, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Haryana, West Bengal, and Punjab.
The certificates were distributed digitally to all participants by Prof. Raj Kumar. 14
experts from industry and different institutions from all over India delivered expert
lectures in the area of Robotics during the workshop, while there were five hands on
experience sessions held every day at Centre of Excellence in Industrial and Product
Design, PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, NITTTR, Chandigarh and UIET, PU
Chandigarh. Expert from PGIMER Chandigarh also delivered a very informative talk on
Robotic Surgery.