PU syndicate approves bounties for staff & students

Patiala, Sept 27- On the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, the Punjabi University Syndicate in its meeting gave approval to various items, aimed at multi-dimensional promotion of academic and sports activities of the University. The meeting, held the Chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor here today, approved extending various benefits and incentives to the faculty, students and non-teaching staff of the University under various schemes. The Vice-Chancellor held in appreciation the Punjab government's step to make Punjabi compulsory through legislation and giving Rs 23 crore as grant to the University for the establishment of a Science and Technology Complex and a religio-cultural complex at Talwandi Sabo.

While congratulating the University for having been declared as the "Best Sports University" in the country by virtue of its winning the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy for the first time in its history, the meeting decided to honour the coaches of sports teams which win for ten and five years consecutively in the All-India Inter-University competitions with cash prizes of Rs one lakh and Rs 50,000, respectively. It also granted its approval for the purchase of a staff car and a 32-seater bus for the Sports Department, while increasing the officiating charges from Rs 125 to Rs 200 per day. The house also increased the remuneration amount for the guest lecturers from Rs 300 to Rs 500 per lecture for the one hour period and from Rs 200 to Rs 350 for the 40 minutes period. It also noted Chancellor's approval to implement the statutory amendment to fix two dates of retirements for the University teachers as June 30 and December 31.

The syndicate approved the amendment in the existing rules of promotion for the Senior Assistants and Senior Stenographers to Superintendents and Personal Assistants, respectively simply on the basis of seniority –cum-merit, following recommendations of the Screening Committee appointed by the Vice-Chancellor. Previously, they have had to appear before a selection committee after having been recommended by the screening committee. It also consented to adopt Punjab Government's notification for appointments in the University on compassionate grounds.

For the poor and meritorious students, the syndicate gave its consent to award scholarships out of endowments funds deposited by Mr Hari K Ahluwalia of U.K. and a former Professor in the University's Department of Library and Information Science, Dr K. Navlani. While Mr Ahluwalia has deposited Rs 4, 30,000 lakhs, Prof Navlani has credited Rs one lakh as endowment funds to award scholarships to these students. Scholarships of Rs 250 per month will be given to the 10 meritorious students, including five boys and five girls in the Departments of Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit and Library Science out of the special endowment fund of Mr Ahluwalia., while out of Dr Navlani's deposit Rs 250 per month scholarship will be given to the student who tops the merit list at the time of admission in the Master of Library Science Department. The syndicate allowed English, Punjabi and Hindi as medium of examination for B.Ed. on the pattern of B.A. examination instead of only English or Punjabi.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor welcomed the new members of the syndicate including Dr S.M. Verma (Head, Dept of Correspondence Courses), Dr Manju Verma (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences), Dr R.C. Verma(Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences), Dr Charanjit Singh( Dean, Faculty of Law), Dr A.K. Sikri (Head, Department of Physics),  Mrs Darshana Sharma (Principal, S.D. Kanya Mahavidyala, Mansa), Mrs Indra Bagga( Principal, GCG, Patiala) and Mrs Kulwant Kaur(Principal, Ranbir College, Sangrur).

The syndicate gave its node to the appointment of Dr M.S. Saini as Dean, Academic Affairs, while Dr S.S. Khehra was given one year's extension as Registrar. Dr Devinder Singh was given the additional charge of Director, Planning and Monitoring.

Quite a good number of promotions of readers to professors, lecturers to readers and lecturers in the senior scale under the career advancement scheme (CAS) were approved by the syndicate. Those who were promoted as professors  include: Dr Bhajan Singh, Dr Gurmail Singh, Dr P.S. Goraya, Dr Raj Mittal, Dr Balbir Singh Sandhu and Dr Parjit Samsher Singh( Physics);Dr Pushpa Singhal, Dr Promila Malhotra and Dr Satbir Kaur ( Human Biology); Dr Harbhajan Kaur, Dr Jagbir Singh and Dr Devinder Singh( Zoology); Dr B.S. Malhi( Law); and Dr Buta Singh Brar, Dr Jeet Singh Joshi, Dr Baldev Singh, Dr Gurdev Singh Chandi and Dr Nasib Singh (Punjabi). Those who were promoted as Readers include: Dr Pushpinder Kaur(Law); Dr Navjot Kaur and Dr Amarinder Singh (PSMS); Dr Manjit Singh (Commerce); Dr R.K. Bawa (Computer Science); Dr Rajinderpal Kaur(Education); Dr H.P.S.Kalra( Library & Information Science) and Dr Balwinder Kaur( Regional Centre Bathinda) Dr Mohinder pal  Singh(Physics) and Dr Lakhvir Singh (Punjabi) were placed in the selection grade, while Dr Mohammad Yusuf, Dr Baljit Singh and Dr Usha Gupta and (Chemistry); Dr Simple Rani (Computer Engineering); Dr Gagandip Kaur, Dr Vishal Goyal and Dr Gurinderpal Singh (Computer Science); Dr Hans Raj Arora, Dr Bhupinder Singh(Law); Dr Gurmukh Singh (Punjabi); Dr Rekha Bhatia, Dr Ambika Sehgal and Dr Devinder Pal Singh (Regional centre for IT, Mohali); Dr Indira bali (Dance); Dr Harpreet Kaur (Commerce); Dr Gianetan Sekhon(YCoE) and Dr Rajinder Singh (PG Studies Dept, Bathinda) were promoted as Lecturers in the senior scale. Dr Dharam Singh was appointed Security-cum-Transport officer at Talwandi Sabo Campus of the University. Dr Hem Raj Verma (Physics), Dr Jagtar Singh (Chemistry), Dr Buta Singh (Physics), Dr Sukhdial Singh (Punjab Historical Studies) and Dr Jagdip Singh Garcha(Fine Arts) were given reappointments for two years.


Pbi varsity to establish Centre for Sikh Studies

Patiala, Sept 27- "Punjabi University will establish a Centre for Sikh Studies at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district to propagate the philosophy and theology of Sikhism. The Centre will also promote the ethos of comparative study of different religions."

This was stated by Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University while inaugurating seminar on "Shabad Guru Guru Granth Sahib "at University's Guru Kashi campus at Talwandi Sabo yesterday. He asked the Sikh scholars present at the seminar to prepare a blueprint for the centre so that the project can be completed in a time-bound manner. Talking about the spiritual aspect of Guru Granth Sahib, Dr Jaspal Singh said that the scripture, besides being unique in many respects was an embodiment of "direct and participatory democracy" and of a true pluralistic society. It also contains a motivational element to encourage dialogue on different religious and spiritual aspects.

Seminar Director, Dr Gurnek Singh said that the seminar was first in a series of 12 seminars to be conducted by Punjabi University to mark the third centenary celebrations of *guruta gaddi divas* of Guru Granth sahib before culminating into a big conference to be held at Punjabi University's Patiala campus. Noted Sikh scholars Dr Darshan singh, Dr Gurnek Singh, Dr Amarajit Singh and Dr Dilvar Singh presented their research papers on various aspects of importance of Shabad (sacred word) in Guru Granth sahib.



Pbi varsity to develop Rs 23-crore advanced studies centre at Talwandi Sabo

Patiala, Sept 23- Punjabi University, Patiala will spend Rs 23 crore on developing an advanced centre of professional studies and for the establishment of a religio-cultural centre at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district. The University already has a Yadavindra College of Engineering and a college campus at Talwandi Sabo, in addition to the six neighbourhood campuses, set up in the Bathinda and the most backward villages of the neighbouring Mansa and Sangrur districts, to provide higher technical and professional education to the rural poor students at the doorsteps.

Giving this information, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh said that the Punjab Government has sanctioned Rs 20 crore for the development of the advanced centre, while another Rs three crore have been approved for raising the religio-cultural centre. While the advanced centre will be built on the Guru Kashi campus of the University, the religio-cultural centre will be raised on 4.25 acres of land, which has been donated to the University by the state government, he said.  The centre, which will have a museum and an art gallery besides other things, is being dedicated to the guruta gaddi divas celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib, he added. The foundation stones of the centres will be laid by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, on September 26, while SAD President Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal will be the Guest of Honour on the occasion.

Dr Jaspal Singh further said that we have kept ample provision for the further expansion of centres to run more professional courses as in TV and Film Production and Management Studies, building an open-air theatre, auditoriums and workshops for the preservation of vanishing art forms of Punjab.

According to Dr Jaspal Singh, the advanced centre will have a Science and Technology Complex which will house the Departments of Bio-Technology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research to be built at a cost of about Rs four crore. A Computer Centre to run such courses as B.Tech. (Computer Science) and B.Tech. (Information Technology) will be constructed at a cost of about Rs 8.5 crore. The remaining amount will be spent on the construction of modern, state-of-the art library, Dr Jaspal Singh said.


Maestros perform at Pbi Varsity

Patiala, Sept 19- The second day of Bhai Mardana Classical Sangeet Sammelan, being organised by the Punjabi University Department of Gurmat Sangeet, belonged to vocal and instrumental maestros belonging to different music Gharanas and genres. While disciple of Ustad Allah Rakha Khan, Kulwinder Singh performed on Tabla, the disciple of Valayat Khan, Prof Narinder Narula gave out a splendid performance on Sitar. The Alankar Singh- Manpreet Singh duo's vocal recital was spellbinding.

Speaking in the occasion, Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor that to preserve and promote the hoary cultural heritage of Punjab was the primary responsibility of Punjabi University. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Commissioner, Patiala Division and Mr Paramjit Singh Gill, DIG, Patiala were the guests of honour on the occasion.

Dhillon appointed Advisor, Foreign Students

Patiala, Sept 19- Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University,  Patiala,
has given the additional charge of Advisor, Foreign students to Dr Kulbir Singh Dhillon, Dean, Students Welfare of the University.


Harvallabh Sangeet Sammelan comes alive at Punjabi University

Patiala, Sept 18- "Punjabi University, Patiala, will be transformed into a nerve-centre of Indian classical music, with special focus on Sikh divine music." This was stated by Dr the University's Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh while addressing a huge gathering on the opening day of the three-day Bhai Mardana Classical Sangeet Sammelan, launched on the pattern of internationally acclaimed Harvallabh Sangeet Sammelan on the University campus last night. The sammelan is being organised by the Department of Gurmat Sangeet and Gurmat Sangeet Chair with the object of promoting the Sikh divine music.

            Dr Jaspal Singh said that divine music was the most convenient way to attain God. Describing the first Sikh Master, Guru Nanak as an authority on music, he said the great Guru sang his way to God by reciting Gurubani in classical ragas. The Vice-chancellor conferred the award of "Punjab Sangeet Ratan" on the noted classical singer, Padma Shri Surinder Singh "Singh Bandhu". The award carried a cash prize of Rs 31,000, a shawl and a citation. Dr Jaspal Singh further said that holding of such functions will go a long way in transforming and establishing the singing of Gurubani in its purest form. Acknowledging it as its religious responsibility, the University, he said, will make all out efforts for the furtherance of Gurmat Sangeet in every possible manner.

            An authority on Indian Classical music, Surinder Singh "Singh Bandhu" said that the effort of preserving this musical form was a great task as it was dissolving into oblivion. He recited three different forms of raag malkauns expressing different expressions and feelings of the same raga.

            Dr Gurnam Singh, HoD of Gurmat Sangeet, said that the holding of Bhai Maradna  Classical Sangeet sammelan will be made an annual feature. The University, he said, will preserve the valuable recitals performed during the sammelan.

Punjabi University to be "odds-free" for its students

Patiala, Sept 18- "After making the Punjabi University Campus 'polythene and
smoke free', our immediate target is to make the campus "odds-free" for the students, especially for the girl hostellers."

 This was stated by Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University while addressing the students in a welcome function, organised by Dean, Students Welfare office at the University's Science Auditorium here today. The first priority, he said, will be to provide them with a well-furnished air-conditioned Reading Room in their hostels where they can make for the relatively lesser time available to them for studying in the University's main library. This was due to early closing times of girls' hostels, as a result of which they can't sit in the mail library during late hours. Regarding shortage of accommodation, the Vice-Chancellor said that this problem will be eased out in next three months as a new hostel will be ready by that time. He, however, advised the students to resolve minor issues at their own level as a cooperative measure maintaining a positive attitude.

Dean, Students Welfare, Dr Kulbir Singh Dhillon said that the University has constituted a Students Welfare Council as a representative of entire students community. The students in this committee are drawn from each Department keeping in mind their merit and their performance in sports and cultural activities. Some other committees and wings, he said, have also been constituted including Sexual Harassment Committee, Anti-ragging Committee, Financial Assistance to the Poor Students Wing, Students Aid Fund, and Scholarships for Blind and Handicapped Students wings. Special Counselling and Placements Wings have also been formed for quicker and best possible absorption of students, he added. The Registrar, Dr S.S. Khehra described students as ambassadors of the University. They can do themselves and the University proud by their excellent performance in academics and other areas, he said. Provost, Dr Balwinder Singh said that efforts are made for a holistic development of the students and make their stay on the university campus as comfortable as possible.

Punjabi University retains "highest status"

Patiala, Sept 17- Punjabi University, Patiala, has kept up its spree of winning the highest "A" grade on a three-point scale amongst over 350 universities in the country.  The status is awarded by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which is an autonomous institution of the University Grants Commission, for a period of five years. The rare status is given by the NAAC on the basis of overall performance of a University during a space of five years.  Punjabi university was earlier given "five star level" by the NAAC for the period covering March 2002-2007. The NAAC has reformatted the grading system from "five stars to one star level" to from "A to C" grade, equating "five stars" with "A" grade.

            The 10-member NAAC team had visited the University from August 26 to 28 last and scanned the activities and achievements of its various departments to review the accomplishments at micro and macro levels. Disclosing the "prestigious honour" bestowed upon the University, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh said that NAAC team had made a special mention about the fact that the University has not deviated from its statutory and fundamental responsibility of promoting the cause of Punjabi language, art and culture. The carrying forward of the utilitarian and qualitative research and use of innovative techniques by various department were the other major factors which contributed towards its retaining the
highest status, he said. The grading, he added, was important for any University in ways more than one as it helped it in getting enhanced grants from various funding agencies for the promotion of academic and research activities and establishing tie-ups with prestigious institutions and organizations of national and international standing.

25-lakh TV & Film Studio inaugureated; VC annojunces another Rs five lakhs as grant


Patiala, Sept 17-- In its march towards matching and meeting the emerging and exigent demands of the Television and Film industry, the Punjabi University's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication took  a big leap forward with the inauguration of a new TV and Film Studio by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh in the Department here today.

To be the first of its kind in the region, the completely sound-proof and acoustically designed Studio, accompanied by a Production Control Room (PCR) has been completed at a cost of Rs 25 lakhs. The studio and the PCR are fitted with hi-tech state-of-the-art equipment that includes three DSR PD 170 3-CCD Camcorders, Final Cut Studio, FCP Editing Machines, Teleprompter, DSR Desktop Recorder, chroma-cutter, Audio-visual mixers, Preview and Programme LCD Monitors, eight cool and baby lights and requisite sound peripherals for indoor and outdoor shoots.

The Vice-Chancellor announced a grant of Rs five lakhs to further upgrade the Studio so that the students are exposed to every aspect of professional training on the Audio-Visual gadgets. The grant, inter alia, will be used to make about 40 ad films and documentaries which the students of PG Diploma in Audio-Visual Production course started this year, are supposed to make during their course of study. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jaspal Singh said that the "Department was passing through a phase of its renaissance, and the next in the line will be the creation of a monumental Media Centre. He further said that studios will be used not only as the training centres but professional production centres too. "Our major objective is to upgrade programmes and packages to cope with the quick upsurge in demands of the professionally trained candidates by the electronic media. The new environment will certainly enable our students to quickly adapt themselves to the professional ambience and facilitate their quicker absorption in various electronic media organisations," he added.

            Dr Gurmeet Maan, Head of the Department, said that the Studio will be used to produce such programmes as talk-shows, panel discussions, interviews and quiz shows to be further used for broadcasting on online Radio and Television. With the installation of Teleprompter, the students will get real-world feel of news anchoring and other news-based programmes, he said. With sufficient facilities at our disposal, they will also be exposed to the glamorous and thrilling world of making ad films, documentaries, docu-dramas and other genres of audio-visual programmes, Dr Maan said. Dean, Academic Affairs, Dr M.S. Saini, Registrar, Dr S.S. Khehra, Dean, faculty of Education and information Sciences also spoke on the occasion.





Patiala, September 16-

 The Department of Punjab Historical Studies of Punjabi University organized 'Dr. Ganda Singh Memorial Lecture' on its Foundation Day here today.  In his introductory remarks Dr Navtej Singh, Head of Department, emphasized that the lecture has been instituted as a permanent feature of the department in recognition to the contributions of Dr Ganda Singh to the Punjab History and the department itself. It was Dr Ganda Singh who founded the annual Punjab History conference and started the journal 'The Punjab Past and Present" personality to the coming generations.

Dr. Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the University presiding over the function lauded Dr. Ganda Singh's contribution of giving Sikhs a new sense of identity through his writings.  Dr Ganda Singh's interest was in the study of Punjab History
especially the Sikhs and collection of source material.  He played major role in popularizing Punjab studies in India and abroad.  Dr. Jaspal Singh further pointed out that Dr Ganda Singh clarified many obscure points concerning the Sikh history
and also provided the missing links and gaps in the history of this region.  He also suggested reviving connection with Aligarh Muslim University where Dr Ganda Singh had his education, along with enlarging activities of the department aiming at the celebration of its Golden Jubilee in 2013. 
Sharing his memories of Dr. Ganda Singh, Director, National Institute of Punjab Studies, New Delhi and a close associate of Dr Ganda Singh stressed that it was not
only that Dr Ganda Singh was great due to his contributions to the Punjab History but also as a simple man who was straight-forward, disliking for political intervention, shunning the personal material advancement and helping the others and poor students were the qualities that made him unique.
Presenting the memorial lecture, Dr. Irfan Habib, Professor Emeritus, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh spoke on the 'Reconstruction of the History of the Punjab'.  He also shared his impressions of Dr Ganda Singh's personality.  In his address, he covered the evolution of Punjab cultural development from pre-historic times to the 17th century.  He argued that the geographical position of the Punjab had significant bearing on the emergence of its culture, economy and society.  Being a border state, new ideas technology and trade intruded along with the process of migration.  The transition from pastoral to agricultural economy was not a uniform phenomenon but resulted in the social stratification of Punjab's population.  He further emphasized that the institution of caste did not exist in Rigveda rather it was a late development.  In fact, social history becomes relevant to where issues provided justifications to the divisions among societies.  However it is certain that caste was well established during medieval time in Punjab.  He emphasized that technology played crucial role in transforming agrarian society resulting in a different sort of crisis.  He also focused on that nothing definite is available on how the Jat tribes emerged but the evolution of Sikhism among the Khatris of the Punjab had a great potential for its response.  It was Sikhism which uplifted the social status of Jat community of Punjab, who earlier were considered as Sudras and Vaishas.   He argued that Khatris of the Punjab gave multi-regional character to Sikhism and it is interesting to explore further that why the entire Punjab peasantry responded to Sikhism.
Presenting a vote of thanks, Dr. Sucha Singh Gill, Dean Research appreciated both the instituting of the memorial lecture and the intellectual discourse of Dr Irfan Habib.  He stressed that there is need to learn different languages in order to capture objective reality.  He said that writing of history is a dangerous subject and the propositions put forward by Dr Habib need further investigations along with the phenomenon of all cultivating classes embaricing Sikhism.
Dr. Irfan Habib also released three publications of the department at the occasion.  Prominent historians of the region, Dr. Kirpal Singh, Dr. Madanjit Kaur, Dr Surjit Hans, Dr G.S. Dhillon, Dr. Surinder Singh, Dr. I.D. Gaur, Dr. K.L. Tuteja, Dr. Gurbhagat Singh, Dr. Harjit Gill among others were present.

Invitation for gurmat sangeet festival



Dr. Ganda Singh Memorial Lecture

On the suggestion of Dr. Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, the Department of Punjab Historical Studies is organizing "Dr. Ganda Singh Memorial Lecture" on its Foundation Day on September 16 at the Senate Hall.  According to Professor and Head of the department, Dr  Navtej Singh, the department was established on September 16, 1963 and Dr. Ganda Singh was appointed the first Head.  Recognising Dr Ganda Singh's contribution to the department and the Punjab History, the lecture will be a permanent annual feature.  The beginning is made by the lecture of a very eminent historian, Dr  Irfan Habib.  He will speak on 'Reconstructing the History of the Punjab'.  Dr Mohinder Singh, Director, Bhai Vir Singh Sahit Kendra, New Delhi will share the memories of Dr Ganda Singh. Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the University, will preside over.  Eminent historians of the region Dr S.S. Hans, Dr Kirpal Singh, Dr Madanjit Kaur*, *Dr M.S. Ahluwalia, Dr Pirthipal Singh Kapoor, Dr S.P. Singh, Dr K.L. Tuteja, Dr Surinder Singh, Dr G.S. Dhillon and others will be pariticpating in the function.  Three publications of the Punjab Historical Studies Department will also be released.


Pbi varsity to set up cell on envrionment awareness

Patiala, Sept 12- Punjabi University has planned to set up a consultancy cell to provide free consultancy service to make the people aware about the environment and render help in fighting threats of global warming and other pollution ingredients. This was stated by Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University while inaugurating a seminar on "Global Warming", organised by the Department of Social Work, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Public Administration, here today.

Asserting that the menace of environment pollution was the result of human callousness towards nature, he reiterated that the major source of ecological imbalance was greenhouse gases, emitted through the man-made appliances, including vehicles, air conditioners, refrigerators and micro waves which we use so indiscriminately in our daily lives. Global warming, he said, was leading to widespread agricultural failure, water shortages and major droughts, increased disease level, sea-level rise and the death of forests. Thus we are at the threshold, waiting for a catastrophe to happen, which would possibly lead to the   worst mass extinction in the planet's entire history, he added.  He underlined the need of minimizing the usage of fossil based fuel, electricity consumption by using energy efficient appliances, minimizing vehicular pollution by using the public transport system and using Clean Development Technologies like Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Bio Diesel and Hydro Power to reduce global warming.  Earlier, he released a book on "Violence" published by the Punjabi University.

Dr.  Manjit Singh, Dean College Development Council, highlighted that the global climate change has been accompanied by political conflicts all across the world. Over the past few centuries, most of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere were discharged by developed countries but toward the end of the last century, some populous nations, such as China and India, have also joined the ranks of major greenhouse gas-discharging nations.

Dr M.S Saini, Dean, Academic Affairs, remarked that climate change will impact geopolitics and the wellbeing of nations. He asserted that natural disasters due to global warming see no national borders.  Global warming is the reason enough for all the nations to unite together, cutting across their monetary and territorial interests, to save our Earth from the Doom's day.

"Macbeth" portrays voice of silence

Patiala, Sept 12- Punjabi University's Department of Theatre and Television recorded a new chapter in its history by staging Shakespeare's "Macbeth" through symbols, images, body movements and gestures, sans dialogues, at the University Kala Bhawan here today. The play, directed by noted theatre director, Partho Banerjee aimed at bringing into proximity Gautam Buddha's pivotal statement that "desires were the root cause of all miseries, and that surrender to existence was the only way to salvation."

            Describing the performance par excellence, University's Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh said that it was comparable to any professional presentation of national standard. The play, atypical and offbeat in nature, as it carried alongwith it the voice of silence, will be staged in Delhi and other big cities of India, he said. The universality of the message, that the inner conflict embedded with various shades of dialectical materialism and the resultant pains and pangs, was enough to make the audience aware of its underlying overtones and connotations, he added. HoD, Dr Sunita Dhir disclosed that the play was the result of three-week workshop, conducted by Partho Banerjee. Another workshop was being started to give more and more practical exposure to the students, she said.

            The play portrayed with deft precision the natural instinct in human beings of craving for the unreachable and uncalled for in the form of the protagonist, Macbeth played by Harpreet Singh. He is convincingly and "suitably" instigated by the evil spirit in the guise of three witches added with coaxing by Lady Macbeth, Karamjit Kaur. The reality of meaninglessness of mundane desires dawns on Macbeth close to the end of the play when it is too late. The fate of Lady Macbeth ends no differently than Macbeth himself. Excellent use of lights (Daljit Dally and Harmit Singh), make-up (Lakha Lehri) and costumes (Sukhwinder Dimpy) filled the required gaps of upstaging and downstaging to hold the packed audience spellbound for full 50 minutes.

Books exhibition inaugurated

Patiala, Sept 5- Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-chancellor of Punjabi University inaugurated a Book Exhibition, organised by the University's Department of Youth Welfare in collaboration with Sahitya Academy, here today. The exhibition, where the books will be available at half the original price, has been organised with the objective of inculcating awareness about reading literature among the students. Describing books as best friends during adverse condition, Dr Jaspal Singh said, they also tend to release great amount of tension among the readers. He exhorted the students to make reading of at least one book in a month as their permanent habit.

According to Dr Satish Kumar Verma, Director, Youth Welfare, more than 1,000 books have been displayed in the exhibition  as a part of vidyarthi cheta lehar, initiated by his Department.

Relief for flood victims

Patiala, Sept 5- The Vice-chancellor of Punjabi university, Dr Jaspal Singh has made a strong appeal to the University teaching and non-teaching staff to spare one day's salary to be deposited in the Prime Ministers' Relief Fund for distribution among the flood victims in various parts of the country. They have been asked to give their consent by September 15 so that the relief fund could reach the affected humanity in time. Most of the teachers and staff members have already given their consent for this compassionate act.


Rs 1,25,000 grant for Gurmat sangeet promotion

Patiala, Sept 5- The Punjab Minister for Cultural Affairs, Mr Hira Singh Gabrian announced a grant of Rs 1, 25,000 lakhs for the development of Gurmat Sangeet (Sikh divine music). While describing Gurmat Sangeet as the most potent power for human spiritual growth, Mr Bagrian declared to frame a special policy for the promotion of this exclusive form of folk and classical music.

            Mr Gabrian made these remarks while distributing prizes to the winners in the five-day Gurmat Sangeet Competitions, organised by the Punjabi University's Department of Gurmat Sangeet and Gurmat Sangeet Chair, here today.

            Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh said that Gurmat Sangeet was the most cogent and powerful way for the humans to be one with the almighty. It has all the celestial characteristics for enrichment of human souls, he said. Dr Gurnam Singh HoD of Gurmat Sangeet said that more than 400 participants and 126 teams participated in the competition.

            Gurdwara Bhaini Sahib won the first prize of Rs 21,000 in the Group Shabad singing competition in the senior category, followed by Gurmat Sangeet Academy, Ananadpur Sahib and Gutru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Ananadpur Sahib. In the junior category, this honour was bagged by Mata Sahib Kaur  Girls senior Secondary School, Talwandi Sabo, whole the second and third positions were wrested by Gurmat Sangeet academy Sanaur and Sri Dasmesh Public School, Patiala. Seventeen participants won individual prizes in the String instruments, percussion categories and individual shabad singing competitions.

Pbi varsity takes out environment awareness march

Patiala, Sept 5- Continuing its crusade to make the Punjabi University Campus a pollution-free zone, the Punjabi University Environment Society (PUES), led by the University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh took out a special "Environment Awareness" march around the University Campus here today. More than 500 University teachers, students, staff members, NSS volunteers, school children, Deans of various faculties and Heads of departments took part in the procession.
            Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jaspal Singh said that given the prevailing ever-increasing types of pollution, we are heading towards a catastrophe. "We need to be proactive and extra vigilant to save our planet from further degradation by making strenuous and sincere efforts. The
University, he said, stands by its commitment to make the campus smoke and polythene free in next two months.  Additional dustbins are being placed at vantage points for dumping the polythene carrybags being used by campus residents for their decimation and to avoid their recycling. More than 2,500 trees have already been planted, including a few medicinal plants, to enhance the hygienic and aesthetical environment of the campus, he added. The campaign, he said, would be carried to the University Regional Centres and Neighbourhood Campuses to widen its horizon.
            Dr Jagbir Singh, Convener of the PUES, said that all the Campus shopkeepers have been persuaded not to use polythene carrybags for supplying material for domestic use of campus residents. They will be supplied with good quality carrybags as an alternative for packing purposes, he said.  Special dumping pits are also being created to dispose off other waste material which could be used as manure, he added.

Patiala, Sept 4- Punjabi University, Patiala, will be transformed into a nerve-centre of Indian classical music. It will have its name embossed on the horizon of classical music with the launch of Bhai Mardana Classical Sangeet Sammelan on the pattern of internally acclaimed Harvallabh Sangeet Sammelan, to be held on the University campus from September 17 to 19. This will be followed by a Gurmat Sangeet Utsav to be held in the first week of October in which only noted classical vocalists will be invited for reciting the Sikh divine music.

This was stated by Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, while presiding over a function of releasing seven DVDs of singing of parhtaal gayaki (exclusive form of Sikh divine music recital) by 21 singers, organised by the University's Department of Gurmat Sangeet here today. Describing the recital of this exclusive form of divine music as a
path-breaking attempt, Dr Singh said that this will go a long way in transforming and establishing the singing of gurubani in its purest form. The University, he said, will make all out efforts for the furtherance of Gurmat Sangeet in every possible manner acknowledging it as its religious responsibility.
            An authority on Indian Classical music, Surinder Singh "Singh Bandhu" said that parhtaal gayaki was the most arduous and subtle form of singing even as it was the singular constituent of Guru Granth sahib. The effort of preserving this musical form in shape of recordings was a great task as it was dissolving into oblivion, he said.
            Dr Gurnam Singh, HoD of Gurmat Sangeet, said that the 21 singers of international repute have made this onerous task possible while the Finetouch Music Company has taken a "big risk" by recording this "unpopular" style of singing without caring for its commercial loss.


Fear of power failure to vanish

Patiala, Sept 4- Fear of power failure and the resulting agony, especially in summers, may not last long now with scholars in Punjabi University's Physics Department engaged in transforming solar cells into electrical energy, possessing the capacity, inter alia,  to charge inverter and other kinds of batteries. The project, "Preparation of Silicon Sheets by Capillary Action Shaping Technique (CAST) for Solar Cell Application" is being handled by Prof R.C. Verma, Professor in the Physics Department and Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences, in collaboration with Prof V.K. Mittal, Dr Anup Thakur of Physics Department and Dr S.M.D Rao, an internationally renowned expert from Taiwan

 The Rs 80-lakh project has been assigned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. Giving details of the project, Prof Verma and Dr Rao said that the solar cells provide 12 volts of electricity like a motor battery. The photovoltaic solar cells have the capacity to convert sunlight into electrical power which can be used for streetlights and household power supply. The technology of making photovoltaic solar cells is already available in the country, they said. The project is also aimed at developing new technology for preparing Silicon Sheets at much cheaper cost which would be used to fabricate solar cells because of much lower cost of labour and availability of cheaper raw material. "We will not only be able to produce solar cells for its domestic consumption but also for their export in substantial quantities", said Dr Verma and Dr Rao.

            The scholars said that the rural power consumers will be much benefited by this project where power supply relatively remains frequently interrupted and for much longer durations. Though the project has been assigned for three years, we are likely to wind it up within a year's time, they admitted.

Pbi varaity to hold environment awareness rally

Patiala, Sept 3- Punjabi University, Patiala, is organising an "environment awareness" rally on its campus on September 5 to mark the Teachers' Day celebrations. The rally is being held under the banner of Punjabi University Environment Society(PUES) in which Deans of various faculties, Heads of Department, University and School students will participate, which will be led by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh.

            The major objective of the rally is to make the campus polythene and smoke free zone. The PUES, led by its convener, Dr Jagbir Singh has launched a campaign to ensure that the University shopkeepers do not deliver goods in polythene carrybags. Posters have already been circulated among the shopkeepers and residents of the Campus to make them aware about the harm and damage that the polythene bags do to the human health.


Pbi varsity to set up "Punjabi Writers Home"

Patiala, Sept 3- Punjabi University has planned to set up a special "Punjabi Writers Home" on the campus with the objective of promoting and propagating Punjabi language, art and culture with added vigour and zeal. This was disclosed by Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the University while presiding over "Sant Singh Sekhon Memorial" seminar inm the Senate Hall here today. Punjabi language, he said, has all the characteristics to encompass larger frontiers and assimilate other languages and cultures.

            While talking about the visit of the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) to the University, Dr Jaspal Singh said that the team had specifically pointed that that the University was carrying out its primary responsibility of furthering Punjabi in all its dimensions with full passion and larger responsibility, quantitatively and qualitatively.

            In his inaugural address, Mr Tarlochan Singh, Member, Parliament, said that Punjabi language was meeting a stepmotherly treatment at the hands of its own people. He made a fervent appeal to the Vice-Chancellor to make more efforts to encourage Punjabi authors to write more books for their publication by the Punjabi writers.  In his keynote address, noted Punjabi scholar, Dr Sutinder Singh Noor eulogized Sekhon for his forthrightness and clarity of thought. Dr Dhanwant Kaur, HoD of Punjabi Language Development, Dr Surjit Pattar, Dr Baldev Singh Cheema, and Dr Amarajit Grewal presented their papers.


Dr Saini appointed Dean, Academics

Patiala, Sept 3- Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, has appointed Dr M.S. Saini, Dean, Research, and Head, Department of Zoology as Dean, Academic Affairs of the University for a period of one year. Dr Sucha Singh Gill, former DAA, has been appointed Dean, Research in Dr Saini's place till June 30, 2009.


Patiala, Sept 3- The Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Dr Jaspal Singh has constituted a high-powered committee under the Chairmanship of Dr Jodh Singh, Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopaedia of Sikhism for the proper upkeep and maintenance of the University's Museum and the invaluable manuscripts preserved there.  The other members of the committee are: Dr Gurcharan Singh (Dean, Faculty of Arts), Dr Gurnek Singh (Guru Granth Sahib Department of Religious Studies), Dr B.S. Cheema (Head, Dept of Punjabi), Prof Jaswinder Singh (Professor, Punjabi Dept), Dr Joga Singh (Linguistics), Dr Paramvir Singh (Religious Studies), Dr Saroj Bala (Librarian), and Dr Saroj Sharma (Director, Museum & Art Gallery).

SGPC deplores sikh raagis

Patiala, Sept 1- Mr Avtar Singh, President of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, while accepting the fact the SGPC has not been able to properly propagate the recital of Gurubani (Sikh divine music) in ragas as prescribed in Guru Granth Sahib on string instruments in the Golden temple, made a fervent appeal to raagis (Sikh religious singers) to help sustain the purity of this exclusive form of music. Mr Avtar Singh made these remarks while inaugurating the five-day Gurmat Sangeet Competition, being organised by the Punjabi University's Department of Gurmat Sangeet at Kala Bhawan here today.

            Mr Avtar Singh also deplored the practice of exploiting the exposure and platform, given to the raagis reciting kirtan (divine music) at Golden Temple through live telecast, for making foreign lands as their 'rendezvous'. He promised to introduce Gurmat Sangeet as a subject in
schools, colleges and other institutions, run by the SGPC. He also announced a grant of Rs 11 lakhs for the Gurmat Sangeet Department and Rs one lakh for the participants in the five-day competition.

            While presiding over the function, Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, of Punjabi University, declared that the University would organise a big conference to mark the tercentenary celebrations of the guruta gaddi divas. Competitions and seminars will also be held at all its regional centres and neighbourhood campuses. The University will make every effort, in coordination with SGPC, to propagate the divine message of Guru Granth Sahib among the masses.
            While thanking Mr Avtar Singh for having implemented the practice of recital of kirtan on string instruments at Golden Temple, Dr Gurnam Singh, HoD of Gurmat Sangeet Department, said that about 200 students were participating in various level competitions. The competitions are being held in individual and group shabad recital and performance on string instruments, he said.