CHANDIGARH: 15 August 2011: Greetings, Guard of Honour, Patriotic songs, dances, theatrical performances and emphasis on participatory management formed a part of Independence Day celebrations at Panjab University Campus here today. Prof. R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University hoisted the national flag. Professor Sobti who was recently bestowed with the Honorary Rank of Colonel in N.C.C., donned his uniform at today’s Independence Day Function. Addressing the large gathering of University officials, faculty members, students and participants from Ankur School and Guru Gobind Singh Vidya Mandir, Ratwara Sahib in the cultural activities and their family members, Prof. R.C. Sobti, the Vice-Chancellor began his address by highlighting the sacred significance of the Independence Day, “We are celebrating the 65th Independence Day here only because of the great sacrifices made by our freedom fighters, men, women and children in different phases of our freedom struggle.” Highlighting the achievements of the great nation, Prof. R.C. Sobti said, “India is today looked upon as the most vibrant democracy in the world. The nation has not only made remarkable achievements in the varied fields but also preserved its invaluable cultural heritage.”
Emphasizing the role, which the educational institutes play in the growth and success of a nation, Prof. R.C. Sobti said, “Universities can contribute in national development by giving it economic vitality, a broad outline of social change and global competitiveness through innovation and research.” Prof Sobti further highlighted the role Panjab University has been playing in contributing to the holistic development of the future citizens of the nation. “We at PU have restructured most of our courses and started 65 new courses as per the needs and expectations of the industry. Personality and skill Development modules have been started to enhance the employability quotient of the students.” Prof Sobti also mentioned the varied steps the varsity has taken towards community development…“through collaboration with Panchayats, community leaders and local bodies, PU launched a village upliftment Project this year for providing vocational training to the youth of neighbouring villages. In order to give further fillip to spread of education, four new Constituent Colleges have been started in educationally backward districts of Punjab from July 2011. Seats for the single girl child have also been increased to two per course so as to contribute in social empowerment”.
Professor Sobti also highlighted the steps which Panjab University has undertaken for its commitment towards environment. He said, “Panjab University has always been to the forefront in terms of environmental ethics. The greenery on the campus has increased tremendously over the last few years with over 35,000 tress being planted by a very active Ecological Society”. Stressing upon the Human Capital as the most important resource of an organization, Prof. Sobti said, “Panjab University has developed a policy for regularization of wagers who are working for the last 15-20 years. Recently more than 60 employees have benefited from the scheme. More than 500 faculty positions have also been filled in the last five years.
Prof. Sobti said, “The University has also strengthened its infrastructure in various departments keeping in mind the day-to-day needs of the students”. He concluded his speech by urging the gathering to contribute towards having an academically vibrant, transparent, accountable and clean campus.
Shri Kamaljit Singh, Clerk, Secrecy Branch and also handling the job of a Computer Operator in a very efficient manner despite of his major permanent physical disability, honoured for his meritorious services.
The Vice-Chancellor declared that in lieu of 15th of August 2011, 16th of August 2011 to be observed as a Holiday in all the teaching/non-teaching departments of Panjab University. However, the already scheduled examinations and meetings will continue as per programme/schedule.
Cultural festivities on Republic Day at PU
The students of Music Department, Panjab University presented Vandhe Matrum, P.U. Anthem and Patriotic Songs.
Tiny tots from Ankur School on the campus presented ‘Lavni Dance’, Patriotic Song and skit on female foeticide to create awareness in public at large.
Students of Guru Gobind Singh Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Ratwara Sahib presented a colorful patriotic item. The performance of children perfectly matched the lyrics of the song composed in Hindi and Punjabi. Decked up in bright hued attires the students gave the audiences a message on patriotism and unity through their performances. The item was applauded by all.
Rendition of a patriotic song presented by Dr. Arvind Sharma, Department of Music was also appreciated by all.