Panjab University alumnus and former University Grants Commission (UGC) chairperson Prof Yash Pal stressed on need for inter-disciplinary courses at PU. He was invited to inaugurate the BM Anand Memorial Auditorium on the PU Campus, on Friday.
Prof Yash Pal advised the PU vice-chancellor, Arun Grover to develop a system where people have the freedom to study at various departments as per their choice and capabilities. This would boost creativity.
“The system will encourage mutual exploitation of knowledge amongst various departments. Arts, sciences, engineering and other disciplines can learn from each other,” he said.
PU is in the process of implementing a Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in selective courses from the upcoming session. While recalling his younger days, Prof Yash Pal said that he was known for staging strikes against the authorities.
However, he advised the young student leaders to be constructive and to fight for a reason.
After unveiling the plaque and releasing a souvenir, speakers recalled the contributions of Prof BM Anand in teaching and research culture in this region during the period of 1950 to 1967. Prof BM Anand was the head of the physics department in post independence era when the university campus was established from 1954 till 1967.
Prof Yash Pal delivered the Prof BM Anand Memorial Lecture on the topic of ‘Learning to do Physics with Bal Mokand Anand’. PU had set up Prof BM Anand Memorial Endowment fund from the donation of his family and initiated the annual lecture series.
Prof Yash Pal narrated several interesting incidents highlighting the role of Prof BM Anand as a motivator who taught him the art of learning and doing physics in a practical manner. Using his knack to capture the audience, Pal signified the need to develop a passion to do science and not run for mere positions. He enthralled one and all by his trademark style of filling the talk with lighter moments, which was very well received by the audience.
Former PU V-C, Prof Bambah in his presidential remarks made a case for encouraging students to take up basic science research and make it free from bureaucratic hassles. He bemoaned how the present day administrators were made to take decisions in a straight-jacket manner and how such a situation may hamper the growth of talent and creativity the university system. PU V-C, Arun Grover traced the history of science education from the times of Ruchi Ram Sahni to SS Bhatnagar and recalled his association with Prof Yash Pal and the contributions made by him towards university education.