Chandigarh October 14, 2019
PU Foundation Day celebrations
‘Youth to become job creator and not job seeker’ said Sh. Anurag Thakur, Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, while addressing the gathering during Panjab University Foundation Day celebrations, here today. He urged the youth to play important role in nation building. The whole World is looking at India since India has more than 65% below the age of 35 and 50% of its population below the age of 25, he added.
He motivated the young generation of 21st century to take India to greater heights. While appreciating the iconic alumni of PU in every field, urged to take ahead cleanliness drive to make India a clean campus which would be a befitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. He urged the youth to re-prioritise their priorities to nurture their capabilities for the societal transformation. He asked the youth to understand their inner strength to create their own fate and contribute in making a strong nation.
Sh. Thakur appreciated the tree plantation drive undertaken by PU and he himself planted a tree today before the start of the programme. He also urged the media to create awareness regarding various societal issues related to conservation of water, environment etc. In line with boost to innovation, research and startups by Govt. of India, PU to take lead in this regard. The Union Minister assured of all help to PU for future projects.
S. Manpreet Singh Badal, Minister of Finance, Government of Punjab in his address said that PU is one of the oldest Universities in India established in 1882 and since then, is shaping the character of Punjab and surrounding areas. The character of State of Punjab in protecting the dignity and honour of India since ages, is shaped through Colleges and University which is also projected through hope, courage and glory for the nation. He urged the youth not to shirk from their responsibilities in taking India ahead. For meaningful society, it is the youth only who can make India or break India.
Earlier, Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh in his welcome address, listed various achievements of PU including recently received MAKA Trophy for overall sports in India. Talking on the vision of the University, PU VC said that all steps are being taken to make it a world class institution of higher learning by continuous faculty development programmes and upgradation of infrastructure to international standards, inviting eminent scholars, partnerships with top ranking Universities for teaching, research, training and consultancy, encouraging the patenting of research outcome etc.
Those present included Sh. Satyapal Jain, Additional Solicitor General of India and PU Fellow, PU Fellows, former PU Vice Chancellors, Prof. ShankarjiJha, Dean of University Instructions, Prof. Karamjeet Singh, Registrar, Prof. Parvinder Singh, Controller of Examination, Prof. Sanjay Kaushik, Dean College Development Council, Prof. EmanualNahar, Dean Student Welfare, Prof. NeenaCapalash, DSW(W), Sh. VikramNayyar, Finance & Development Officer, Chairpersons, PU Faculty, Research Scholars and students.