In a syndicate meeting held on Sunday, Panjab University (PU) vice-chancellor, Arun Kumar Grover, announced that the university would conduct International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) (USA) associate school at the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), in November, to foster research and training in the field of neuroscience.
Grover informed that an amount of Rs 20,000 USD had been sanctioned by IBRO finance committee, USA for the school. UIPS assistant professor, Anurag Kuhad, had been entrusted with the responsibility by IBRO to conduct the international school from November 3 to 9, 2014. The school will focus on basic and research concepts of depression and alzheimer's diseases, in particular. Grover also informed that the University Grants Commission (UGC) had recommended special grants to five departments under various schemes. The department of chemistry will get Rs 2.98 crore and department of physics would get Rs 2.84 crore under Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) Phase -V. The department of biophysics will get Rs 1.27 crore under Departmental Special Assistance (DSA-I) scheme, department of geography will get Rs 1.92 crore under the CAS-II and department of biochemistry will receive Rs 1.25 crore under Departmental Research Support-II (DRS).
The V-C also stated that university professor, Virender Kumar Alankar, had been bestowed with Maharishi Ved Vyas honour by the Haryana Sanskrit Academy for the year 2013-14. The syndicate also paid homage to Durga Dass (father of Dean Alumni Relation, professor, Anil Monga), former fellow of PU professor, Gunwant Singh Dua (father of Prof Harpreet Singh Dua PU fellow) and professor JC Anand (who had retired from department of political science) on their demise.