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GOOGLE CANNOT REPLACE GURU, SAYS VENKAIAH NAIDU AT 67 PU CONVOCATION

March 04, 2018 07:40 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

For Universities to become centre of excellence, the need of the hour is to reform, perform and transform, stated Sh. M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India and Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh at the 67th PU Annual Convocation Address, here today.

Vice President of India urged the students to master mother language and to work hard to aim high to achieve heights. He added that there is no substitute for ethics and value system. He urged the youth for will, skill and kill using the right means of communication that technology has provided us to facilitate social harmony and to cultivate a culture of healthy and civilised discussion on many of the pressing problems. Panjab University, Chandigarh is a great and one of the oldest institutions in the country. The felicitations on the occasion works as an inspiration to others to do well.

Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT. Chandigarh Sh. V.P.Singh Badnore and Governor of Haryana Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki were present on the occasion, as guest of honors. Former Vice Chancellors, PU fellows, Graduates, Post Graduates and Ph.D holders, faculty members and its affiliated colleges, PU Alumni were also present on the occasion. PU Ph.D. Degree awardees were from three other countries like Afghanistan, Thailand and Iran and 16 States of India. 7 International students from Iran, 1 from Thailand and 1 from Afghanistan received Ph.D. Degrees. Punjab with 122 Doctorates led the tally of eligible Ph.D. degree awardees among the states following by UT, Chandigarh with 56, Haryana with 55 and Himachal Pradesh with 42 students.

 
 
 
He further stated that it is appreciable that this University is continuing with its commendable tradition of honouring some of the outstanding Indian scientists, doctors, writers, educationists and leaders from industry. Many illustrious leaders and makers of the nation in many fields have been associated with the Panjab University, including colleagues of national and international stature. Such intellectual heights are achieved when `the mind is without fear and the head is held high’, when people of a nation, free from colonial domination, build their own frameworks of thought, he added.

He further explained that each discipline is valuable, if pursued with intellectual rigour and integrity and each has its own methods of investigation. But each discipline is also connected with another. The division between the areas of science and humanities is an artificial one, made for convenience sake, which we have adopted in the process of creating the institutions of academia. How can science not be human, if it is an activity carried on by human beings? How can humanities not be scientific if it has to properly observe its subjects? In the words of Vivekananda, it is in the balanced mind that understanding comes, `it is the calm, forgiving, well-balanced, equable mind that does the greatest amount of work.’ He added that google can never replace guru and urged the youth to respect them. No-one can teach anybody. Within one there is all knowledge, even in a child it is so, and it requires only an awakening, and that much is the role of a teacher.

He further stated that for the students receiving their degrees on what is a momentous occasion in their lives, these ideas have a great meaning and resonance. It is certainly a privilege and an achievement to attain degrees of higher education at a premier university. Along with this justified sense of pride and achievement, there is also a sense of hope and expectation of what the future will bring. And it is also a time for planning the next stage of life, and of working in the competitive environment we see around us.

Prof. Arun K. Grover, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh in his address said that PU campus in contemporary times comprises over seventy five closely knit University departments and institutes, the equivalent of this campus did not exist at Lahore, the city of PU’s origin and the enforcement of Indian Universities Act (1904) on it. A variant of the said act still prevails for PU at Chandigarh. The 1904 Act had enjoined all the then five Universities of India to nucleate University departments, create faculty structure for academic administration and concurrently appoint lecturers and professors who would engage in research and nurture chosen students to emerge as leaders in different disciplines. He further added that the report of planning commission advocated that University faculties and researchers should be enabled to work in areas which would improve the competitiveness of the Indian Corporate Sector vis a vis their counterparts globally. Taking a cue from other recommendations enshrined in that report PU took initiative to nucleate CRIKC. CII signed a MOU with CRIKC in presence of Hon’ble Shri V P Badnore ji. CRIKC has interfaced similar clusters operating on behalf of good Universities in UK, Canada and Australia.

He further added that PU reached out to the alumni abroad to promote PU’s interests. PU has signed a MOU with IC-IMPACTS, a conglomerate of high ranking Universities in Canada and Canadian Industries operating from University of British Columbia in Vancouver. IC-IMPACTS and DST have partnered to jointly fund projects of interest to India. A wishful thought is to synergise all the new initiatives on behalf of PU to provide additional resources and opportunities to Faculties and researchers in PU to enhance their research output and improve their quality.

He informed that PU has filed an application for support from ‘Institute of Excellence’ window created by MHRD.
On the occasion, Hon’ble Chancellor and Vice President of India Sh. M. Venkaiah Naidu conferred Honoris Causa Degrees on three eminent icons i.e. Prof. M.M.Sharma (D.Sc.), Prof. Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee (D.Sc.), Sh. Jagdish Singh Khehar (LLD). PU also conferred Khel Rattan Award to Sh. Milkha Singh, Gian Rattan Award to Prof. B.N.Goswamy and Udyog Rattan Award to Sh. Sunil Kant Munjal.

First Shiv Nath Rai Kohli Memorial Mid Career Best Scientist award 2017-18 were presented to Dr. Vandana Bhalla,Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, G.N.D.U. Amritsar in recognition of her research contribution in the field of chemical sciences and to Dr. Sanjay Jain, Assistant Professor, Department of Department of Pharmaceutics, NIPER, Mohali in recognition of his research contribution in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Award comprising of cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh and citation for researcher in institutions of higher education located in Chandigarh and Punjab has been instituted from this year onwards with the corpus set up by R.K. Kohli, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Punjab and Former DUI, PU Chandigarh in memory of his father late Sh. Shiv Nath Rai Kohli. 

The Chancellor inaugurated National Academic Depository Online Degree at PU from the next academic session, which is a step ahead in following the digitization scheme of Government of India.

Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT. Chandigarh Sh. V.P.Singh Badnore and Governor of Haryana Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki were present on the occasion, as guest of honors. Former Vice Chancellors, PU fellows, Graduates, Post Graduates and Ph.D holders, faculty members and its affiliated colleges, PU Alumni were also present on the occasion. PU Ph.D. Degree awardees were from three other countries like Afghanistan, Thailand and Iran and 16 States of India. 7 International students from Iran, 1 from Thailand and 1 from Afghanistan received Ph.D. Degrees. Punjab with 122 Doctorates led the tally of eligible Ph.D. degree awardees among the states following by UT, Chandigarh with 56, Haryana with 55 and Himachal Pradesh with 42 students.

Out of the total 324 Ph.D. degrees, 98 were from Science, 14 from Pharma Sciences, 75 from Arts, 34 from Education, 43 from Languages, 24 from Law, 14 from Engineering and Technology, 11 from Business Management and Commerce, 10 from Design and Fine Arts and 1 from Dairying and Animal Husbandry faculties.

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