University Grants Commission (UGC) secretary Jaspal Singh Sandhu on Tuesday asked researchers to come up with new ideas that can help make the country a global leader. He was presiding over an international seminar on sports science at Punjabi University, where vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh was chief guest. Delivering the keynote address, the UGC secretary talked about projects being considered for the development of sports and academic activities. "A sports university was being built in Manipur," he said.
He further said Punjabi University in Patiala should build "wellness clusters" to promote spirituality, good habits, nutritious food, and sports science. "You (teachers) have the responsibility to produce quality human resource and to carry out research. The government has plenty of funds for your endeavours but it's taxpayer's money. You have to come up with fresh ideas as payback to the country," said Sandhu, calling for research in the emerging and inter-disciplinary fields.
The secretary also donated original English translation of Guru Granth Sahib by his grandfather Manmohan Singh to Punjabi University, and vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh said the institution would publish it. Earlier, state higher education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra met him to discuss the submitted proposals. Sandhu assured the minister that the UGC would clear the pending projects. Rakhra also sought more money for higher education in Punjab and Sandhu promised to deliver it.
Sandhu and vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh inaugurated Sports Science Fitness Centre at on the university campus. Head of the department Paramvir Singh welcomed the delegates. Sandhu visited UGC-sponsored Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC) that creates e-content. EMMRC director Gurmeet Mann sought more funds to the centre.