October 27, 2013 1:09:46 am
There has always been a gap in the perception and reality about Panjab University (PU) ever since its inception in 1882,but it has always remained a doyen of excellence, said former PU vice-chancellor,Professor R P Bambah,while delivering the valedictory address for the national seminar on the Making of Modern Punjab: Education,Science and Social Change in Punjab c.1850 -2000 in the varsity on Saturday.
Highlighting that it is not surprising that the varsity has been ranked first in the country,Professor Bambah said PU has produced three Prime Ministers for the country,two noble laureates,various noted writers like Amrita Pritam,Faiz Ahmed Faiz,Manto,K L Sehgal,Amrita Shergill,artists like Prithvi Raj Kapoor and noted scientists like Raj Mohanty,D P Sharma,S S Bhatnagar,Bhai Man Singh,M R Sahani,P S Gill,Satish Dhawan,Hansraj Gupta,S R Kashyap,A C Joshi,Birbal Sahni,M S Randhawa and P N Mehra.
Exhorting the decision making bodies to realise the need to adopt imaginative thinking and capacity building,Professor Bambah said that PU has the capacity to rise to the occasion of becoming one of the leading universities in the world.
Speaking on the occasion,Professor Bambah also highlighted that elitist education in any form is dangerous for society.
There is an immediate need to strike a balance for fundamental knowledge in which a core role is played by interaction and dialogue. No university grows in isolation and linkages among educational institutions could break inertia,as well as the isolation, he said.
Moreover,industry-institution collaboration will bring the much needed financial resources for the universities and knowledge bank for the industry, Professor Bambah added.
Highlighting that Panjab University had made a significant contribution in the key areas of defence and space and has the potential to lead in many more areas,he added that institutions are built by its alumni,who return to the institutions and contribute to the academic life and form bridges with the world outside.
Souvenir released as seminar concludes
CHANDIGAH: As part of the concluding ceremony of the seminar on The making of Modern Punjab which concluded in Panjab University (PU) on Saturday,the varsity released the souvenir containing a detailed account of its history and interview of its eminent alumni. The souvenir includes brief biographical essays on Professor Ruchi Ram Sahni on whom the Government of India also issued a commemorative stamp and on the celebrated Punjabi author,Professor Gurdial Singh,who delivered this years foundation day lecture. The research papers presented by the young social science researchers during the three day seminar have also been included in the souvenir. It also contains articles on the history of the university,interviews of eminent persons including the two senior retired academics,Professor R. P. Bambah and G. S. Gosal. There is also a reprint of the old archival material in the souvenir. There is an essay on Punjab University,Lahore published in 1888 which was published six years after its establishment. A biographical sketch of the eminent engineer and philanthropist Sir Ganga Ram first published in 1943 has also been reproduced.
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