CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013 : Text of Vice Chancellor’s Statement at the Senate Meeting Panjab University, Chandigarh
1. With a deep sense of sorrow, I would like to inform the House about the sad demise of
a) Shri A.R. Sethi, former University Librarian, Panjab University on September 20,
2013. He served the University from 1995 to 2005 and the University Library was
automated with computerization of library routines and services during his tenure.
b) Dr S. Bhatnagar, former Director of Directorate of Correspondence Studies (now
University School of Open Learning), on September 26, 2013. He was a visionary distance
We pray to the Almighty to give peace to the departed souls in Heaven and strength &
courage to the members of the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss.
(To pay homage to the departed souls, two minutes’ silence, all standing, may be
observed. A copy of the resolution, which the Senate passes, may be sent to the members
of the bereaved family)
2. I am privileged to inform the honourable members that the Ministry of Youth Affairs &
Sports, Department of Sports, New Delhi, has sent a Cheque for Rs.3,00,000/- (Rs. Three
Lakh only) towards award money for Panjab University, being declared as the 2nd Runner
Up University for the MAKA Tropy for 2010-2011 with the directions that the Award money
may be utilized towards promotion of sports and games in the University.
3. I am happy to inform that Dr Devinder Preet Singh, Sr Lecturer, Deptt. of
Orthodontics, Dr H.S. Judge Institute of Dental Sciences, Panjab University, has been
elected as a Fellow International Member of the American Association of Orthodontists
(AAA) for the year 2013-2014. Earlier Dr Devinder Preet Singh was also elected as a
Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists in recognition of his contributions in
the field of Orthodontics.
4. I am also happy to inform that the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
(AAPS), USA, has selected Mr Kaisar Raza, a Ph.D. scholar under the supervision of Prof.
B.S. Bhoop and Prof. O.P. Katare for the ‘2013 Graduate Student Award’. The award along
with a plaque and a sum of $ 1000 will be bestowed upon Mr Kaisar Raza at San Antonio,
Texas, on November 13, 2013.
On behalf of the Senate, a letter of appreciation may be sent to Dr Devinder Preet Singh
and Mr Kaisar Raza.
5. I am happy to inform the honourable members of the Senate that a seminar on ‘The
Making of Modern Punjab: Education, Science and Social Change in Punjab c. 1850-c.
2000’, stands scheduled at P.U. Campus from October 24 to October 26, 2013.
A commemorative postage stamp in recognition of the pivotal contributions of Prof. Ruchi
Ram Sahni will be released on this momentous occasion by Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble
Minister of Communication and Information Technology and Law & Justice. H.E. Governor
of Punjab and Administrator U.T. Chandigarh, Shri Shivraj V. Patil has consented to be
the Chief Guest on this occasion.
Distinguished Gyanpith Award winner writer and Fellow of Panjab University, Prof.
Gurdial Singh will deliver the 2nd P.U. Foundation Day lecture at 12.00 noon on the same
All the members of Senate are invited to Stamp Release session scheduled on October 24,
2013 at 10.00 am in the P.U. Auditorium. They are also invited to participate in the
above stated Seminar from October 24 to October 26, 2013.
6. I am happy to bring it to attention of all the members of this august house that Shri
S. Srinivasan on Friday, September 27, 2013, sworn in as judge of the second most
powerful court of the United States. He is the first Indian American to be on the bench
of the U.S. Courts of appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit which is considered as
the second highest court in the US after the Supreme Court. Chandigarh-born Srinivasan
is the son of Professor T.P. Srinivasan of the Department of Mathematics, Panjab
University. Prof. T.P. Srinivasan was a contemporary and a close associate of Professor
Manmohan Singh at P.U. Campus.