Dawn Punjab Bureau / Chandigarh :
Prof Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University held an online interaction today with Associate Professors of PU. At the outset, he encouraged all by citing examples of success from his own experiences like facilitating the young person who wanted to start a start-up with the idea of generating power from discharged battery cells who later become an employer of approx. 200 employees and getting soil samples tested for approx. 200 farmers. Appreciating the stature of Panjab University ,he urged all to work collectively towards achieving top rating of NAAC and sought cooperation of all in this endeavour by updating databases, informing achievements, keeping documentary evidence for evaluation etc.
PU VC also advised faculty members to work towards interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary research, write new projects, new start-ups, start a PhD in a completely new research area, think on innovative ideas and get patents. He also motivated faculty members to send PhD panels for their research scholars across the Nation or few International examiners rather than limiting it to 3-4 nearby States.
PU VC urged all to create a bond with their students and strengthen decision making for the smooth working of the system . The suggestions were taken from the senior officials and the faculty members present in the meeting.
Prof Ashish Jain, Director IQAC informed that NAAC visit is due in July next year and we should be ready for getting the highest rating of the NAAC. He requested that all faculty members should report their achievements, lectures delivered, public lectures, projects, patents etc. to their respective departmental IQAC cells for updating the same on the IRB portal. He requested sharing of all information which can help in getting PU a better NAAC score.
Prof. Anuradha Sharma-Associate Director, IQAC requested to report all the non-academic activities, if happened, between Mentee-Mentor institutes as well as to inform all the programs organised or attended under IIC.
Prof Anupama Sharma- Dean Panjab University Alumni Association shared the information regarding the activities initiated under PUAA like awarding small research projects or providing seed money to initiate the project. She also informed that they are planning to honour faculty members for their outstanding achievements in the field of research & innovations.
Prof. Anju Suri, Dean International Students informed about the activities taken up by their cell like conducting webinars, short term courses. She also informed that faculty members can send their proposal for conducting Short Term Courses, Exchange Programs etc.
Prof. G. R. Chaudhary, Director-CIL informed that their Lab is continuously testing samples received by their lab and helping the researchers in this tough time. More than 70 Associate Professors participated in the meeting and also gave suggestions on various aspects of improvement in the university.