Dar Ovais

Dar Ovais is a Chandigarh-based Hindustan Times correspondent who covers higher education.

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PU asks departments to form committees to redress students’ grievances

A circular issued by DUI’s office said the mechanism for redressal of students’ grievances duly approved by the PU Syndicate has been uploaded on the varsity website
PU asked its regional centres and departments to form committees to redress students’ grievances. (HT File)
PU asked its regional centres and departments to form committees to redress students’ grievances. (HT File)
Published on May 23, 2022 12:16 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Punjab, Haryana should extend support to PU: Venkaiah Naidu

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the chancellor of Panjab University (PU), said both Punjab and Haryana governments should extend all the support to PU
M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President, addresses the 69th convocation of Panjab University (PU) in Chandigarh on Friday. He said he was happy that chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana and the governors of both states are here on this occasion. He hoped that they will extend all the support to the university. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President, addresses the 69th convocation of Panjab University (PU) in Chandigarh on Friday. He said he was happy that chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana and the governors of both states are here on this occasion. He hoped that they will extend all the support to the university. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Published on May 07, 2022 03:24 AM IST
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828 PhD scholars walk away with degrees at Panjab University’s 69th convocation

Vice-President of India and university chancellor M Venkaiah Naidu presides over PU convocation that could not be held after 2019 due to the Covid pandemic
Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu and Panjab University vice-chancellor Raj Kumar presenting an honorary degree to principal scientific adviser to the Government of India, Ajay Kumar Sood, at the varsity’s 69th convocation in Chandigarh on Friday. Punjab governor Banwarilal Purohit, his Haryana counterpart Bandaru Dattatreya, and Punjab and Haryana chief ministers Bhagwant Mann and Manohar Lal Khattar were also present during the ceremony. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu and Panjab University vice-chancellor Raj Kumar presenting an honorary degree to principal scientific adviser to the Government of India, Ajay Kumar Sood, at the varsity’s 69th convocation in Chandigarh on Friday. Punjab governor Banwarilal Purohit, his Haryana counterpart Bandaru Dattatreya, and Punjab and Haryana chief ministers Bhagwant Mann and Manohar Lal Khattar were also present during the ceremony. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Published on May 07, 2022 01:00 AM IST
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Panjab University teachers push for adoption of central service rules

The house unanimously resolved to adopt the notification of central service rules for the Panjab University teachers (on campus) and authorised PUTA president to pursue the matter within and outside the varsity
Panjab University teachers, in PUTA’s general house meeting, pushed for the adoption of central service rules. (HT Photo)
Panjab University teachers, in PUTA’s general house meeting, pushed for the adoption of central service rules. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 05, 2022 02:02 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

PU senate clears names for honorary degrees, university awards

Honorary Doctor of Science degrees and Ratna awards will be conferred upon the selected individuals at PU’s convocation on May 6
PU senate cleared a total of nine names for honorary degrees, university awards. (HT File)
PU senate cleared a total of nine names for honorary degrees, university awards. (HT File)
Published on May 03, 2022 01:59 AM IST
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Colony Number 4 demolition: A sleepless night without power and water

Colony Number 4 residents complained that they weren’t given enough time to move, and even the electricity and water supply was snapped by the Chandigarh administration on Saturday night after Section 144 was imposed
Residents rummaging through what was left behind after bulldozers flattened Colony Number 4 in Chandigarh on Sunday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Residents rummaging through what was left behind after bulldozers flattened Colony Number 4 in Chandigarh on Sunday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 02, 2022 02:45 AM IST
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ByDar Ovais and Rajanbir Singh, Chandigarh

Punjab board bans sale of three history books over distortion of facts

An inquiry was initiated by Punjab education department on the complaint tendered by social activist Baldev Singh Sirsa, who alleged that the said books contain some remarks which are not in accordance with Sikh history
Punjab School Education Board had submitted its report regarding distortions in the textbook “History of Punjab’ for Class 12 book, in March. (Shutterstock)
Punjab School Education Board had submitted its report regarding distortions in the textbook “History of Punjab’ for Class 12 book, in March. (Shutterstock)
Published on May 01, 2022 12:55 AM IST
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Bharat Biotech’s Krishna Ella among 3 proposed to get honorary degrees at PU varsity convocation

The names of Krishna Ella and two others for honorary degrees have been suggested by a PU varsity panel constituted by vice-chancellor Raj Kumar
Bharat Biotech’s Krishna Ella among 3 proposed to get honorary degrees at PU varsity convocation (HT FILE)
Bharat Biotech’s Krishna Ella among 3 proposed to get honorary degrees at PU varsity convocation (HT FILE)
Published on May 01, 2022 12:30 AM IST
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7 Punjab Engineering College students bag packages of 64.5 LPA from Apple

Seven final-year computer science engineering (CSE) students of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) have received offers of 64.5 lakh per annum from Apple during this year’s placement drive
Punjab Engineering College has also been able to increase its average package by 24% this year to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>13.5 lakh compared to last year’s <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10.9 lakh. (HT File)
Punjab Engineering College has also been able to increase its average package by 24% this year to 13.5 lakh compared to last year’s 10.9 lakh. (HT File)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 12:25 AM IST
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PEC senate gives nod to aerospace engineering, data science courses

Despite being one of the oldest departments of aerospace engineering in India, set up in 1962,PEC’s department was yet to introduce a PG course in the field
PEC senate, in its latest meeting, gave a nod to the introduction of four new course including MTech in aerospace engineering, BTech in data science. (HT File)
PEC senate, in its latest meeting, gave a nod to the introduction of four new course including MTech in aerospace engineering, BTech in data science. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 28, 2022 01:15 AM IST
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PU senate green-lights online viva voce for PhD scholars

Following PU senate’ move, PhD scholars will be allowed to attend viva voce remotely, via online means, in emergent situations with V-C’s permission
PU senate, in its latest meeting, allowed online viva voce for the varsity’s PhD scholars. (HT File)
PU senate, in its latest meeting, allowed online viva voce for the varsity’s PhD scholars. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 27, 2022 01:20 AM IST
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NEP 2020: PU course framework calls for CBCS’ implementation

Among other highlights, PU’s new course framework calls for providing multidisciplinary education with experiential component in a four-year UG programme as envisaged in the NEP 2020
PU’s new course framework calls for CBCS’ implementation as per the recommendations in NEP 2020. (HT File)
PU’s new course framework calls for CBCS’ implementation as per the recommendations in NEP 2020. (HT File)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 01:12 AM IST
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No agreement to enhance grant by 6% annually: Punjab to Panjab University

Punjab government conveys to Panjab University that there has never been a decision to agree to enhancement in the university’s grant at 6% per annum
Chandigarh-based Panjab University is one of the pioneer educational institute of the country. HT Photo
Chandigarh-based Panjab University is one of the pioneer educational institute of the country. HT Photo
Published on Apr 24, 2022 12:48 AM IST
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Students protesting on campus required to carry ID cards: Panjab University

The decision comes in the backdrop of a protest by a few student bodies that, for more than three weeks, have been protesting outside the vice-chancellor’s office against the hike in mess and canteen rates
Condemning the university’s decision, student bodies termed it a tactic to restrain students from participating in protests. (HT File Phjoto)
Condemning the university’s decision, student bodies termed it a tactic to restrain students from participating in protests. (HT File Phjoto)
Published on Apr 22, 2022 02:13 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Hike in canteen rates: PU hostellers want their mess accounts closed

The PU hostellers signed the applications for closing their accounts on the call given by Punjab Students Union (PSU-Lalkaar)
PU had in December announced revised rates of eatables at hostels for 2021-22 academic session on the representation of the contractors of mess and canteens. (HT File Photo)
PU had in December announced revised rates of eatables at hostels for 2021-22 academic session on the representation of the contractors of mess and canteens. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2022 01:42 AM IST
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PU depts asked to hold online classes for Afghan students

The departments of Panjab University (PU) have been asked to conduct all academic activities for Afghan students who are stuck in their home country in online mode
The decision was taken after the Afghan students informed PU authorities about delay in receiving their visas. (HT File)
The decision was taken after the Afghan students informed PU authorities about delay in receiving their visas. (HT File)
Published on Apr 20, 2022 01:38 AM IST
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Pending grant may impact DA payment for PU employees

PU registrar said due to the non-payment of the last instalment of salary grant by Punjab government, the varsity may face a difficulty in meeting the liability of the enhanced DA payment
DA payment for PU employees can be delayed as varsity awaits grant from the Punjab government. (HT File)
DA payment for PU employees can be delayed as varsity awaits grant from the Punjab government. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 02:18 AM IST
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PU senate to take up proposed rules, regulations for M Voc courses in April 26 meet

The proposed rules, which will be taken up for for ratification at the PU Senate meet, were recommended by PU’s skill development board (SDB) in December last year
PU senate will take up proposed rules and regulations for the M Voc courses in its April 26 meet. (HT File)
PU senate will take up proposed rules and regulations for the M Voc courses in its April 26 meet. (HT File)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 01:26 AM IST
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PU senate to take up proposal to conduct viva voce online

In addition to the proposal for allowing viva remotely, PU Senate is also expected to consider establishing a separate entity for maintenance of the multi-purpose auditorium complex at Sector 25
PU Senate will take up the roposal for allowing viva remotely in its April 26 meet. (HT File)
PU Senate will take up the roposal for allowing viva remotely in its April 26 meet. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 17, 2022 12:40 AM IST
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PU to restart ‘earn while you learn’ scheme soon

With physical classes at Panjab University (PU) having resumed from March onwards, the varsity is also working on bringing back the “earn while you learn” scheme for students
The ‘earn while you learn’ scheme was launched by PU in 2018, under which students are paid <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>100 per hour and allowed to work for a maximum of 40 hours in a month (HT File)
The ‘earn while you learn’ scheme was launched by PU in 2018, under which students are paid 100 per hour and allowed to work for a maximum of 40 hours in a month (HT File)
Published on Apr 14, 2022 01:45 AM IST
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PU to award 1,100 PhD degrees at annual convocation on May 6

Around 1,100 PhD scholars will be awarded doctorate degrees at Panjab University’s (PU) 69th annual convocation on May 6
PU had skipped the annual convocation in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 restrictions in force in Chandigarh. (HT File)
PU had skipped the annual convocation in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 restrictions in force in Chandigarh. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 14, 2022 01:41 AM IST
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PU panel to study data collection methods for reservation in promotion

PU panel working on the implementing reservation in promotions of non-teaching staff is headed by dean university instruction; it has been tasked to collect the quantifiable data to implement the policy
A PU panel is expected to study methodology adopted by other varsities for reservation in promotion of non-teaching staff. (HT File)
A PU panel is expected to study methodology adopted by other varsities for reservation in promotion of non-teaching staff. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 11, 2022 01:06 AM IST
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Panjab University senate: Vice-President rejects election of six candidates

Vice-President of India M Venkaiah Naidu orders Panjab University registrar to conduct re-poll after finding discrepancies in the voters’ list
The September 2021 election was challenged by two losing candidates and some teachers while pointing out flaws in the voters’ list. (HT Photo)
The September 2021 election was challenged by two losing candidates and some teachers while pointing out flaws in the voters’ list. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 10, 2022 02:33 AM IST
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PU’s small languages departments proposed to be merged

In line with NAAC’s 2015 recommendation, a sub-committee proposed to merge the small languages departments and use PU’ arts block number 5— which has around 18 rooms — to accommodate the same
A PU panel subcommittee proposed the merger of varsity’s small languages departments. (HT File)
A PU panel subcommittee proposed the merger of varsity’s small languages departments. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 08, 2022 01:11 AM IST
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Panjab University mulls online academic help to Afghan students awaiting visas

There are over 60 Afghan students enrolled in Panjab University departments who have been unable to return to India since the country’s takeover by the Taliban last year
Afghani students who are awaiting visas to return to India for their education are likely to receive help from Panjab University, (HT File)
Afghani students who are awaiting visas to return to India for their education are likely to receive help from Panjab University, (HT File)
Published on Apr 08, 2022 01:09 AM IST
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Panjab University to hold convocation on May 6 after two-year gap

Vice-President of India M Venkaiah Naidu, who is the Panjab University chancellor, is expected to preside over the convocation, planned on May 6.
Panjab University’s last convocation, the 68th edition, on April 28, 2019, was also addressed by Vice-President of India M Venkaiah Naidu. (HT File Photo)
Panjab University’s last convocation, the 68th edition, on April 28, 2019, was also addressed by Vice-President of India M Venkaiah Naidu. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 06, 2022 01:37 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Hike in mess, canteen rates: PU refuses total roll back, students continue protest

With Panjab University (PU) not accepting the demand for total roll back of hike in mess and canteen rates, student bodies on Tuesday said that they will continue their protest on campus
Students protesting against the hike in mess, canteen rates at PU on Tuesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Students protesting against the hike in mess, canteen rates at PU on Tuesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Apr 06, 2022 01:18 AM IST
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PU forms panel to implement reservation in promotions for non-teaching staff

PU senate gave a nod to adopt the policy on reservation in promotions for non-teaching staff in an earlier meeting and the varsity has now formed a committee to examine the matter
PU constituted a panel to implement reservation in promotions on non-teaching staff. (HT File)
PU constituted a panel to implement reservation in promotions on non-teaching staff. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 04, 2022 01:23 AM IST
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Panjab University likely to scrap MPhil from 2022-23 session

In February, the Panjab University senate had resolved to discontinue the MPhil courses in line with the mandate of the National Education Policy-2020
National Education Policy-2020 mandates that the MPhil programme be discontinued at universities. (HT Photo)
National Education Policy-2020 mandates that the MPhil programme be discontinued at universities. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 03, 2022 02:05 AM IST
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Stalemate between PU, students over hike in mess and canteen rates continues

PU students have intensified their protests over hike in mess and canteen rates; student bodies carried out a march ob campus and also held a meeting with the authorities that remained inconclusive
PU students and administration failed to arrive at an understanding on the hike in mess and canteen rates. (HT File)
PU students and administration failed to arrive at an understanding on the hike in mess and canteen rates. (HT File)
Published on Apr 01, 2022 01:53 AM IST
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