Research Promotion Cell (RPC) of Panjab University (PU) held a meeting on the university campus here on Tuesday.
PU vice-chancellor (V-C) Arun Kumar Grover presided over the meeting. Faculty members, including dean, research, Lalit Kumar Bansal, professors Sanjay Chhibber, Pushpinder Syal, C Nagaraja Kumar and dean, student welfare (DSW), Navdeep Goyal, participated in the meeting.
Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) president Chandan Rana, joint secretary Sunny Mehta, Amanjot Kaur Dhillon, Himangna, Pooja, Hina, Amandeep Singh and Baljeet Singh Bali represented the research scholars in the meeting.
The V-C discussed problems faced by research scholars and shared his vision for their welfare. He said the meeting was convened to provide a vibrant and interactive platform between the research scholars and the university, and asked RPC to create a website for them where all relevant and research-friendly information be readily available.
Grover further said, “Ideally, research scholars should be financially independent so that they can pursue their research in a comfortable manner. A mechanism is being worked out to look into the late receipts of fellowships from sponsoring agencies.”
Grover also advised all departments to chalk out their research calendar just like their academic calendar. “Research scholars should be encouraged to make their research presentations in other universities. PU will facilitate such initiatives,” he added.
Dean, research, Bansal, appreciated the unique idea of creating a common platform for teachers and research scholars, and said it would strengthen the stature of PU as a research university.