November 01, 2017 09:23 PM

Chandigarh  (Face2News)

 On persistent demand of visually impaired students of Panjab University in accessing and reading the books they require as part of their study, A.C. Joshi Library has purchased a specialized hardware and software namely HORIZON (which consists of two scanners) and LEX software (to convert the e-text into audio book). A Hindi OCR software has also been purchased for reading material in Hindi language.

With the help of this hardware and software, the visually impaired students can use any reading material available in the Library by converting it into an e-text file which will later be converted into an audio book. It will be saved for future use also and will help the visually impaired students in their study without any help. Dr. Raj Kumar, University Librarian said that the Library is now planning to convert the text books required in different disciplines and save it for future use of visually impaired students.

NSS CELEBERATES RASHTRIYA EKTA DIVAS: NSS Units of P.U celebrated Rashtriya Ekta Divas to commemorate the 142nd Birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel. A walk from UILS to Student Centre was organised with Volunteers having Placards in their hands. Around 200 Students participated in the walk. Competitions of Poster Making and declamation Contest were also held on the theme of National Integration and the role of Indian Judiciary in National Integration . The event urged audience to ponder over how they can pay back to their nation. Prof. Rattan Singh, Chairperson, UILS was the chief guest on the occasion. He encouraged the Volunteers to develop the sense of national Unity and work towards the welfare of nation. Dr.Navdeep Sharma, Programme Coordinator, NSS congratulated the winners and talked about the role of Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel to make India a great nation. 

INTRA MOOT COURT COMPETITON-2017: University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh is conducting its annual edition of ‘Intra Moot Court Competition, 2017’ from 2-4 November, 2017. A moot court is a simulation of real court like situation where law students are made to debate and persuade their side of the case, by pleading, and also drafting and submitting legal documents, judgements and reports.

Every year this competition receives a heavy participation which can be testified this year as well as more than hundred teams have registered and submitted their memorials. A team is supposed to have three members composed of two speakers and one researcher.

The competition is well structured to find the best before they enter finals. The top two teams get the chance to reserve a national moot of their choice for the upcoming academic year. To prevent any kind of inconvenience to the freshers and sophomores, the competition is divided into two groups, group 1, which includes the 1st and the 2nd year, and the second group which consists of the 3rd, 4th and 5th year.

The event will witness the expertise of the office bearers which includes the President – Miss Nikita Garg, Co-Convener – Miss Zaheen Kaur, and Convener – Miss Meher Nagpal who have put in their heart, soul and experience into the organisation under the guidance of Dr. Jaimala the teacher Co-ordinator of the Moot Court Society, and Dr. Sabina Salim with the help of 250 student volunteers.

The Preliminary rounds shall be adjudged by a bench of eminent Advocates of District Court and the UILS Alumni whereas in Semi-Finals our students shall be adjudged by senior lawyers of Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The proposition of the first group is based on the Motor Vehicle laws whereas the proposition for the second group is an amalgamation of Constitution, Criminal Laws, International laws, Environmental laws etc, which makes the event both challenging and thrilling.

For the next two days, UILS will witness the future lawyers exercising their charm, knowledge, persuasion but most importantly, the art of manoeuvring the case into their favour. 

VIGILANCE AWARNESS WEEK:  Panjab University (PU) is observing the Vigilance Awareness Week from 30th October to 04th November, 2017 in line with the nation-wide initiative of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to promote integrity, transparency and accountability in public life. A Seminar on the theme “My Vision ‒ Corruption Free India” was held at PU under the aegis of the Vigilance Cell,here today.

The Seminar was inaugurated by Sh. Gurbachan Jagat, Former Governor of Manipur and the Guests of Honour were Sh. Hardayal Singh, Former Additional Secretary, CVC and Smt. Urvashi Gulati, Former Chief Secretary to the Government of Haryana. Vice Chancellor, PU Prof. Arun K. Grover, Dean of University Instruction, PU Prof. Meenakshi Malhotra and Registrar (In-Charge) and Controller of Examinations, PU Dr. Parvinder Singh were also present.

The Seminar was attended by senior functionaries of the PU including deans of faculties, chairpersons, directors and coordinators of various departments, institutes, centres as well as administrative officers.

Speaking at the Inaugural ceremony, the Chief Guest Sh. Gurbachan Jagat encouraged the participants to ensure positive outcomes from this conference and opined that education alone can make a difference, especially in building an ethical stance. He also expounded practices and issues especially concurring marginalized rural and farmer community in face of corruption.

Sh. Hardayal Singh elaborated on the vigilance angle of corruption. He emphasized that efforts should be made to enhance transparency and reduce discretion so as to plausibly contain corruption.

Smt. Urvashi Gulati emphasized the need to put in place comprehensive and systemic anti-corruption policies and systems. She lauded the role of e-governance in restricting corrupt practices.

Welcoming the guests Prof. Meenakshi Malhotra, DUI, PU shared with the audience her experiences as the first Chief Vigilance Officer of Panjab University, Vigilance Cell, Panjab University which was established on 16th November, 2015.

In his inaugural address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Arun K. Grover shared how he thought about establishing the Vigilance Cell at Panjab University and the important role it has played in the governance of the University. He urged all to set an example so that ethical practices of PU are emulated by all.

The Seminar concluded with the vote of thanks delivered by Prof. Suveera Gill, Chief Vigilance Officer, PU. She expressed her delight at the keen participation which the seminar has been able to draw and thanked deans, faculty and officers of the PU. Prof. Gill expressed her gratitude to the guests who spoke on the important seminar theme which stimulated keen interaction during the open floor discussion.

NSS ORGANIZED SLOGAN WRITING COMPETION: NSS Unit of USOL, Panjab University, Chandigarh organized Slogan Writing Competition at University School of Open Learning to commemorate ‘National Unity Day’ today. NSS volunteers of different departments of Panjab University enthusiastically participated in the competition based on the broad sub themes of National Integration, Patriotism and Secularism. The event was conducted by NSS Programme Officers, Dr. Purva Mishra and Dr. Sucha Singh.

Prof. Emanual Nahar, Dean Student Welfare, P.U., was the chief guest on the occasion. The other guests were Dr. Gaurav Gaur from Department of Social Work and Prof. Swinder Singh from USOL. Prof. Nahar highlighted the role of youths in national unity and encouraged the students to participate in such events. Ashima Khatri of MA 3rd Semester, Deptt. of English won the first prize followed by Bhavana Hans of BA 1st Semester, ISSER (2nd Prize); Anjali sharma of BA 3rd Semester, USOL and Akshat Aggarwal of BA 1st Semester, ISSER (3rd Prize); and Zannat Preet Kaur of BA 5th Semester, USOL (Consolation Prize).

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