Interactive session on media ethics at SCS, PU

            Kanwar Sandhu, Member of Legislative Assembly from Kharar constituency of Punjab delivered an interactive section to the students of School of Communication Studies(SCS), Panjab University, Chandigarh.

            “Questions about the issue of Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab need much wider discussion.” says, Kanwar Sandhu when answering the questions from students. Kanwar Sandhu believes adherence and non-adherence to ethics has always been a major issue in the media industry. He even stated to report what one sees and do not get bogged down by political pressure.

            Sandhu did not subscribe to the idea of reporting when one is in doubt about any news or any subject. He mentioned that he reported from conflict zones and journalism is one of the toughest professions in the world. Professor Jayanth N. Pethkar of School of Communication Studies, recalled Sandhu’s contribution to the field of journalism and politics. Sandhu in his concluding remarks proposed the students to do something for the society and encouraged youngsters to join politics while the older people should retire from getting political mileage.   

            Kanwar Sandhu was the former editor of The Tribune, The Indian Express and Hindustan Times and Day and Night news channel. He did his bachelor in journalism from School of Communication Studies earlier known as Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. He encouraged the students to be compassionate and always have document state of mind. He picked up several instances from his life when he was reporting for several media houses.

Poster-Making Competition at PU

Chandigarh November 14, 2019

            As a part of celebration of 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Itihāsārthī of Department of History organized the Poster-Making Competition on the theme Guru Nanak, his Ideology, Teachings, Poetry and Messages, here today. In all 15 entries were received for poster making. The posters were displayed and adjudged by the faculty of the Department. The prizes were given to the students who bagged first three positions by teachers, Professor Surinder Singh (Retired), Professor M. Rajivlochan and Professor Anju Suri, the Chairperson. The certificates of participation were given to all the participants.

PU Results

Chandigarh November 14, 2019

              It is for the information of the general public and students of Panjab University Teaching Departments/Colleges in particular that result of the following examinations have been declared:-

            1. B.E (Chemical) with MBA-Ist Semester, July-19(Golden Chance)

            2. B.E (Chemical) with MBA-2nd Semester, July-19(Golden Chance)

            3. B.E (Chemical) with MBA-3rd Semester, July-19(Golden Chance)

            4. B.E (Chemical) with MBA-4th Semester, July-19(Golden Chance)

            5. B.E (Chemical) with MBA-5th Semester, July-19(Golden Chance)

                     The students are advised to see their result in their respective Departments/Colleges/University website.

Scientists urged for white space analysis and ethical practices in research and publication

Chandigarh November 13, 2019

University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University has organized a one-week (10-17 Nov), 4th IBRO/APRCChandigarh Neuroscience School funded by International Brain Research Organization, to commemorate its Platinum Jubilee year. Forty-five delegates are attending the event and fourteen renowned national and international neuroscientists are giving scientific deliberations. Today, four of them interacted with the delegates highlighting the importance of rightful living. They also sensitized the delegates on rising epidemics of neurodegenerative diseases arising due to stressful life, wrong ways of living, nuclear family and ignorance about stress management practicing.

Dr Pike See Universiti Putra Malaysia delivered a highly interactive talk on autosomal dominant disease, tuberous sclerosis complex which is a tumor suppressor syndrome due to mutations in TSC1 or TSC2, encoding hamartin and tuberin, respectively. She then emphasized on how gene manipulations and its strategy can translated into a novel gene therapy.

Dr Laxmi T Rao Professor of Neurophysiology, NIMHANS, Bangalore enlightened the gathering about Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a devastating childhood neurodevelopmental disorder with a range of symptoms related to social-communication deficits and restricted stereotypic behavior. She informed that child abuse and insult lead to effective disorders in adulthood giving symptoms of depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. It is very important for the working parents to train the next generation in a positive atmosphere provide good nutrition, allow them to grow them in normal behaviour and channelize children into focused life.  

Dr KP  Mohanakumar, Director Inter University Centre for Biomedical Research & Super Specialty Hospital MG University Kottayam, Kerala cited two successful stories from his laboratory on neurodegenerative disease research, with special attention to Parkinson’s disease. He discussed how white space analysis in 2004 helped to reveal neuroprotective effect of then to be of patented antiulcer drug, irsogladine in Parkinson’s disease. He also highlighted that the problem of the brain which is coming up very fast these days, has to be identified at a young stage, the child grows into an Autistic child. The social system in India which is now moving towards the nuclear family, leaving the child alone with the made is leading to autism.

Dr. Dr B.S. Shankaranarayana Rao, Professor of Neurophysiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, sensitized the young budding neuroscientists with the various aspects, related to ethics in scientific research and publication. He said that with changing technology and society, and the way we live, scientists can no longer claim that science is neutral but must consider the ethical and social aspects of their work and urged the participants to abide by several core principles of ethics. He informed that they have Centre for Well Being where the counselling is given to the whole family and also, to the Corporate Heads. He cited urbanization and stress as a major reason of all the problems of society. He advised that in order to reduce stress the professional problems should be dissociated from the family. The quality time matters for a stress free family. He shared about national mental health survey which depicted problems in young couple leading to divorce, based on which, policies have been made in consultation with the Government.

Dr Anurag Kuhad, organizing secretary IBRO/APRC Chandigarh Neuroscience School, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh specifically shared the personal views of Professor Pike See an International IBRO Faculty from Malaysia on “Future of Indian Neuroscience”. He said that Professor See is highly impressed with the enthusiasm of the young generation of Indian Neuroscientists. Her interaction with the B Pharm, M Pharm, PhD and Post Doc of UIPS was very exciting and appreciated the inquisitiveness of the students. Dr See said that the credit specifically goes to all UIPS faculty members specifically to Professor Kanwaljit Chopra, Chairperson UIPS for shaping their students in an outstanding manner so that they can make their place in International Institutes of very high repute in the field of Neuroscience Research. Dr See is 100% sure that future of Indian Neuroscience is very secure. She whole heartedly appreciated the Indian hospitality and said that she would love to keep visiting India in future as well. She showed her strong desire to collaborate with Indian neuroscience researchers.

Invited for WorkShop on Tackling Unstructured Data by American Council on Science 

Chandigarh November 13, 2019

            Dr. Gurpreet Singh Bawa who just completed his Ph.D under the supervision of Professor Suresh Kumar Sharma, Department of Statistics, Panjab University, Chandigarh has been invited to conduct a session on unstructured data analysis in the upcoming annual conference on Computational Science & Computational Intelligence (CSCI) to be held at Las Vegas, USA, from 5-7th December, 2019. The conference has been organized by the reputed American Council on Science and Education (ACSE). The sessions will also involve showcase of his recent innovation on ‘Fine tuning feedback-based recommendation system using deep learning models in word vector space representations’. Prof Suresh Kumar Sharma has been consistently advising him with all his innovation work.

            Dr. Gurpreet has been actively involved in innovation and research work in the domain of unstructured data analysis and has many research papers in this area in international and national Journals of repute. In the past, extensive research has been done by Gurpreet on subjects such as latent topic fine tuning, identification of conversational drivers of textual product reviews, deriving personality traits of consumers from social media posts and object detection retail monitoring using image processing. Recently, he has also written a book “Text as Data”, and it is related to modelling techniques for unstructured data analysis. Additionally, he has worked on developing in-house assets such as intelligent chatbot for retail ordering and customer intelligence.


Chandigarh November 8, 2019

Prof. Jatinder Grover, CALEM Coordinator, Panjab University, and Dr. Vishal Sharma, SWAYAM Coordinator PU, introduced the theme and topics to the participants attending seven days workshop on designing and development of  the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The workshop is being organised by the Centre of Academic Leadership and Education Management (CALEM) and Swayam Cell, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

The day four of workshop was devoted to the e-content development at ETV Studio at NITTTR, Chandigarh. The Instructional design and creating effective learning experiences by Mr. Girish Gurjar from IIM, Banglore were discussed. The rest of the sessions were dedicated to the practical aspects of video production and editing of the e-content in the ETV studio. Prof. Maitreyee Dutta coordinated the practical sessions. The technical team consisting of Savita Bhanot (STA, ETV), Anurag Soni (Cameraman), Jagir Singh, Baljeet, Monika Arora, Harjot Pal Singh, G.B. Pandey handled the studio production and post production sessions. The participants were shown the e-content developed in the studio after post production or final editing was done. The discussion and feedback session between the participants and the technical team culminated in the practical session at NITTTR, Chandigarh. 

The day five was devoted to the understanding of learner-centric MOOC model by Dr. Vineeta Shah from IIT, Mumbai.  She explained in detail the concept and intricacies of Learning by doing (LeD) and Learning Extension Trajectories (LxT) with the help of group activities and multimedia presentations. LxT enables the learner to increase the depth of their knowledge which usually supported by the assimilation quiz. The Learning Experience Interactions (LxI) in which learners interact via discussion forums were also discussed in detail.

Prof. Rajat Sandhir discussed the issues of Plagiarism in the MOOCs in the last academic session. He emphasized that the proper referencing and citation of the original sources from where the educational content was shared or used for developing the MOOCs is imperative.

PU Declared Results

Chandigarh November 8, 2019

              It is for the information of the general public and students of Panjab University Teaching Departments/Colleges in particular that result of the following examinations have been declared:-

            1. B.Pharmacy-Ist Semester, August-2019 (Golden Chance)

            2. B.Pharmacy-2nd Semester, August-2019 (Golden Chance)

            3. BA/B.ed-4th Semester, May-19

                     The students are advised to see their result in their respective Departments/Colleges/University website.

Nukad Nataks by UILS PU students

Chandigarh November 8, 2019

The 5th  year students of University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University,  Chandigarh performed 8 different street plays on the theme Environment spreading awareness about increasing pollution,
deforestation, wastage of water and the adverse effects of the same at
Sector 17 plaza Sukhna lake from  from 4th -7th  November.

 The plays titled Parivartan, Surat Badalni Chahiye, Prakriti se Panga
and Trahimaam
were performed at sector 17 plaza and the plays titled
Vote for Vatavaran, Krishi Sangrakshan, Prakritika Darpan and Umeed
were performed at Sukhna lake. The students through the medium of
Nukkad Nataks encouraged the public to save our mother earth by
conserving resources and banning the use of single use plastic.

The students of UILS, Panjab University also conducted a survey on
effectiveness of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was conducted in Sector 15, 24
and 37 of Chandigarh. An analysis of the collective data of the
concerned area brought out that-

Around 80% (1089) of the people in the sample space knew about the
Mission, and still about 75% (947) people felt the need of improvement
in the policies.

About 55% (638) People in the sector feel there are enough dustbins
available around, while other negate it or aren’t sure.

35% (364) of the population is not at all aware of the concept of
single use plastic and is continuing to use the same.

PU Results

Chandigarh November 7, 2019

              It is for the information of the general public and students of Panjab University Teaching Departments/Colleges in particular that result of the following examinations have been declared:-

  1. BHMS Ist Prof. September , 2019
  2. BHMS 3rd Prof. September , 2019
  3. BHMS 2ndProf. (Re-appear)  September , 2019
  4. B.Voc. Retail Management 5th Sem. September, 2019 (Special Chance)
  5. B.Voc. Retail Management 6th Sem. September, 2019 (Special Chance)
  6. B.Voc. Food Science & Technology 3rd Sem. September, 2019(Special Chance)
  7. Post Graduate Diploma in International Business 2nd Sem. September, 2019 (Special Chance)

                     The students are advised to see their result in their respective Departments/Colleges/University website.

Research Journal released by PU VC

Chandigarh November 7, 2019

                            The special issue of Panjab University Research Journal Social Sciences (PURJSS) on the theme of ‘Discourse of Citizenship in Contemporary India’ was released by Prof Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, here today. He appreciated the efforts of editorial team.

            Out of 30 papers presented in VIII Chandigarh Social Science Congress (CHASSCONG) March 2018 on the theme, nine papers presented by research scholars across the disciplines of humanities and languages have been published after double blind peer review under the editorship of Prof. Pampa Mukherjee, Department of Political Science and Prof Archana R. Singh,  School of Communication Studies.

            Prof. Akshaya Kumar of the Department of English and Cultural Studies, has guest-edited the journal. The papers address diverse range of issues related to citizenship in the volatile contexts of globalization, climate change, nationalism, colonialism, trans-national migrations, subaltern politics and human rights. The paper-writers have drawn their research insights from fieldwork as well as from various sources of literature and arts.  The journal bridges the gap between social sciences and literary studies to flag complex tensions of contemporary citizenship.

            This is for the first time that the selected papers presented in CHASSCONG have been published by the University. Apart from the Editors of the Journal, others present during the release included Prof Karamjeet Singh, Registrar, Prof Sanjay Kaushik, Director ICSSR & Dean College Development Council, Prof Renu Thakur, Editor PURJSS and Mr. Vikram Nayyar, Finance & Development Officer.