LPU attained Marvellous Achievements in 2013

The whole year witnessed visits of towering leaders of different fields from world across
·      Remained full of glorious academic, placements, research, sports, cultural, top ranks-awards & entertainment accolades
·      “We will devote the whole of 2014 to research and development works”: Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal

Jalandhar: The whole of the year 2013 remained splendid and hectic for Lovely Professional university with marvelous achievements throughout. The year witnessed visits of towering leaders of different fields to LPU Campus from world across including two Presidents of two great nations on a single day. The year was also for LPU to get varied accolades world- wide for its glorious academic, research, placements, sports, cultural, entertainment pursuits and top ranks and awards. Optimistic LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal wants now to devote the whole of next year 2014 to research and development (R&D) works to get India included in the top 200 universities of the world.  In fact, in 2013 research initiatives of LPU got a major boost as five of its projects in different advanced research areas have been granted funding of Rs 88.4 lakh by high-status government agencies-DRDO, DST & CSIR. 

In May, the 3rd Convocation of LPU was historic event which was graced by Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mr Hamid Karzai. His Excellency Mr Karzai also received LPU’s Honoris Causa D Litt Degree. President Mukherjee praised LPU by saying: “Visiting LPU is an exciting experience for me. LPU is doing commendable work in the field of education. I wish all the best for its future endeavours.

Other foreign dignitaries and delegations which visited LPU included Minister Commercial of Canada Ms Sara Wilshaw, Vice President of Beijing Union University of China Professor Bao Hong and Vice Minister Dr Liu Limin from Ministry of Education China. Delegation of 21 members from USA representing Iowa State University (ISU), University of Iowa (UI) and University of Northern Iowa (UNI); delegations from Coventry University UK; and, Purdue University Indiana of USA also made important visits.

In the entertainment fields, top actors of Indian Cinema Shah Rukh Khan,  Ranbir Kapoor, Vidya Balan,  Deepika Padukone;  Coke Studio @MTV; Indian Ocean Band; Tabla-maestro Ustad Fazal Qureshi and others entertained LPU Students. Talented students themselves lifted overall literary trophy at National cultural Fest of Association of Indian Universities,  won second prize at world’s famous Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan and  grabbed Rs 1.20 lac scholarship from Ministry of Culture India. LPU also organized AIU’s many zonal and inter-zonal championships for Kho-Kho, Chess, Softball and Basketball where LPU students revealed their sports skills of applaud.

For coveted ranks and awards, Punjab Chief Minister S Parkash Singh Badal has honoured Chancellor Mr Mittal with Entrepreneur of the Year Award; and, Education Minister Punjab honoured LPU with Shiksha Ratna Award for best IT practices. LPU is ranked as top private university in overall ranking by ICT magazine ‘Digital Learning’; ‘Business Today’ has ranked LPU MBA Programme ahead of IIMs Indore and Shillong, and IIT New Delhi in “Future Orientation” category; NASSCOM awarded LPU for “Best IT Innovation in Higher Education”; Architecture students have won overall trophy at North Zone NASA-2013 held in Jaipur; and, one of the Top Fortune 50 companies, Siemens honoured 118 Mechanical Engineering students. 

More than 140 global and Indian super brands recruited thousands of LPU Students during Campus Placement Drives in 2013.  LPU proved itself as top recruitment spot for Cognizant, Royal Bank of Scotland, HCL, Google, Microsoft, Indian Armed Forces, Federal Bank, Asian Paints, Pepsi Co and many other companies. The salary packages offered range up to Rs 8.5 lakh per annum. ICICI Bank selected 234 students, HCL Technologies 109 and Royal Bank of Scotland 90 students of the university.  

3600 LPU Staff-Members got together for 12th Annual Conference Share the Vision-2013 at LPU Campus

  • "Let us  work hard to get LPU included in first 200 universities of the world”: LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal

Jalandhar: All senior officials, heads, faculty and staff members of Lovely Professional University got together for two-day 12th annual conference ‘Share the Vision-2013’ at LPU Campus. On this occasion, services of 330 LPU employees were recognized by conferring 10 & 5 years' Association Awards for their years’ long association with LPU. Upholding the theme of the year 'the Last Mile....', the mammoth ‘Conference’ communicated mission of the university for forthcoming years. Experiential learning activities for team work & togetherness; faculty talent exhibits in different categories of music & dance; and association award ceremony to the staff members in the company of their family members remained the salient features of the conference.
Sharing with the mammoth gathering of ‘Lovely University Family’ LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal recalled achievements of the year and said: “Following the theme of the year ‘the last mile…’we have to keep on further improving the quality of education and establish LPU as a benchmark. Getting LPU included in first 200 universities of the world by our strivings, we have to work together to create more Nobel laureates from India in the forthcoming years.” Mr Mittal added: “The best leaders from education, media, industry, corporate sectors, sports, politics, films etc, not only from India but also from the world, are continuously recognizing the strength and importance of LPU.”  Taking names of great national and international personalities Mr Mittal further shared: “LPU has synchronization with the visions of state, country and international bodies. Let the entire world say, LPU is not only transforming India but world also”.
The sequel part of the conference ‘Sanidhya’ enhanced the bond of togetherness and oneness among staff-members and LPU management. Exhibition, various cultural & sports events, fashion show, exchange of ideas were organized to bring more warmth.  The other senior LPU officials also shared the vision through massive presentations, addresses, lectures and a series of other illustrative initiatives and activities.  Celebrations were altogether based upon the ideas for future progress of the university to serve better the society and the nation. 

LPU Student awarded Rs 1.2 lakh Scholarship by Ministry of Culture (India)

  • Awarded for his applauding theatrical skills
  • Awarded student will undergo advanced training to promote theatre culture
  • Aims to join National School of Drama after completing M Tech at LPU

Jalandhar:  On being acknowledged as an ace-artist, one of LPU students is awarded Rs 1.2 lakh scholarship by Ministry of Culture (Government of India). Puneet Kumar Mishra, a student of B Tech (ECE) final semester, is one among 30 young theatre artists of India who have won scholarships this year. Puneet will receive Rs 5000 per month for two years to undergo training to develop folk theatre. Recommended as a result of preliminary selection, Puneet further performed before an expert committee and got selected purely on merit.   Ministry of Culture awards 400 scholarships every year to ‘Young Artistes’ of the country in different cultural fields.  Many thousand applicants apply for these coveted scholarships which provide assistance to outstanding young artistes for advanced training within India.  Different cultural fields include Indian Classical Music, Indian Classical Dance, Theatre, Mime, Visual art, Folk, Traditional & Indigenous Arts and Light Classical Music.
Puneet is known for championing social causes through his theatrical participation at state and national levels.  In addition to his performances representing LPU at Association of Indian Universities’ stages, he has also performed at many prestigious stages of the country. These stages include Rabindra Manch Kolkata, Bharat Kala Bhavan Bhopal, Madhusudan Manch Kolkata, Natyashala Amritsar, Academy Manch Kolkata, Bharat Rang Mahotsav New Delhi and others. Performing since his childhood, Puneet has played for more than 50 characters from a ‘Chai Pilane Wala’ to that of a ‘Professor”. Puneet is not only master of theatrical outputs but he reveals brilliance in academics as well. Aiming to join National School of Drama after completing M Tech at LPU, Puneet desires to be recognized as versatile global stage- actor.
Congratulating the scholarship winner student LPU Pro Chancellor Mrs Rashmi Mittal said: “We are happy that the talent of our student has been recognized by the Ministry of Culture.  We further encourage him to bring solution to social problems through his excellent theatrical presentations. 

 We anticipate that Puneet will prove himself up to the expectations of the Ministry and manifest his creativity.” 

‘Business Today’ (BT) ranked LPU MBA Program ahead of IIMs Indore, Shillong & IIT New Delhi for “Future Orientation”

*In its annual ranking-2013, BT ranked LPU at 9th rank in “Future Orientation” category among India's top 100 ‘Best B Schools’
* “This ranking proves we are moving in right direction”: LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal

Jalandhar:  Prestigious business magazine ‘Business Today’ (BT) has ranked LPU MBA Program ahead of IIMs Indore & Shillong and IIT New Delhi in “Future Orientation” category. In its annual coveted ranking, the magazine has placed LPU at 9th position among India's top 100 ‘Best Business Schools’ in future orientation.  LPU is pronounced “Future Ready”, and has excelled even IIM Indore placed at 20th, IIM Shillong at 28th and Department of Management Studies of IIT New Delhi at 25th position.  This exclusive survey methodology was an amalgam of objective, perceptual and experiential surveys. In addition to these surveys, LPU amassed 911.2 scores for learning & living experiences, placement, selection process & establishment category surveys.
BT Editor Chaitanya Kalbag has mentioned: “Each year we strive to improve the survey and make it more robust and it just keeps getting better. The number of schools we have ranked has grown this year. Our B School surveys are followed very closely by human resource professionals, recruiters, faculty and students. However, this year survey has gone one step ahead of last year's comprehensive overhaul. A unique "experiential survey" of alumni has been added to validate whether their business school's education actually faced up to market reality.”
Feeling happy over the coveted ranking of the university, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal said: “This ranking proves we are moving in the right direction. Such an encouragement from the prestigious source like ‘Business Today’ motivates us to further strive and excel in our outputs. Our faculty-members and students keep on working hard to ensure to be ever future ready. I anticipate that our school of Business will further work on strong corporate connections and introduce new teaching style to see university at number one position in future. ” Mr Mittal added: “Now we are aiming to strengthen value through participation in global surveys and gaining strong international accreditation.”

Vice President of Chinese University visited LPU

  • Vice President of Beijing Union University (BUU) led 5 member-delegation to LPU to discuss about wide-ranged collaborative programs

Jalandhar:  Vice President of Beijing Union University (BUU) China, Professor Bao Hong recently led a 5-member delegation to Lovely Professional University. The delegation met senior officials of LPU and discussed about next plan for scholarship & collaborative programs, and also met 16 Chinese students who are already studying at LPU. Professor Bao and LPU Vice-Chancellor Dr Ramesh Kanwar discussed many other potential opportunities than the existing ones between two universities. A ‘Memorandum of Meeting’ (MoM) was also signed between the representatives of both the Chinese and Indian Universities (BUU & LPU). The purpose is to provide a basic framework for an arrangement to carry out various academic, co-curricular and study exchange programs for students and faculty of both universities.  Prof Bao also revealed his great interest in making all possible efforts to establish Confucius Institute-the Chinese Language Center at LPU.  Dr Kanwar expressed happiness on the joint efforts of two largest universities of China and India for the benefit of student community.
The other members of the delegation were Prof Zhou Mingzhu (Chairman of School Council & College of Bio-Chemical Engineering ), Prof Zhao Zhenjiang (Chairman of College Council), Prof Fang Jianjun (Dean, Automation College), and Prof Zhang Dianen (Director of Public Foreign Language Teaching Department) of BUU. The collaborative projects identified by both universities are: Training of undergraduate BUU students at LPU; exploration for sending LPU undergraduate students to BUU for cultural exchange/ studies; exchange of Masters and Ph D students between the two universities; and to develop joint research projects in Robotics and Automation for ageing people.  In addition, BUU faculty in Advanced English and Food, Nutrition & Tourism will teach at LPU, and LPU faculty in IT/Computer science will teach at BUU.
Established in 1985, BUU is one of the largest universities in China under approval of Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. It is a comprehensive municipal university and is originated from over 30 branch campuses attached from other Chinese universities like Peking University and Tsinghua University.  For near 30 years BUU has been reinforced comprehensively under complete talent-cultivating system.  

Minister Mr Phillaur distributed LPU Training Certificates on Bakery Skills to Ludhiana Central Jail Inmates

  • Minister launched bakery products under brand name “Anand”
  • Hotel Management faculty of the University imparted month-long training to 39 inmates
Jalandhar: Punjab Government Jail Minister Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur recently distributed certificates to Ludhiana central jail inmates who got training on bakery skills from LPU faculty. Minister Phillaur launched bakery products under brand name “Anand” which were produced by inmates themselves. Hotel Management faculty of the University visited Ludhiana central jail and imparted month-long training to 39 inmates. Congratulating the successful inmate-trainees and university trainers, Mr Phillaur informed that more such collaborative efforts are going to be made in other jails also. To bring about radical changes in the mindset of all inmates, he recommended LPU to impart training to Kapurthala & Hoshiarpur inmates as well.

Feeling happy on the successful outcome of the inmates’ training, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal said: “We are thankful to Chief Minister S Parkash Singh Ji Badal for making us a part of this social responsibility. It is indeed a noble cause and I am happy that the assigned task has been completed to the satisfaction of inmates, jail authorities and the society.” Mr Mittal added: “We are also ready to again be a part of such projects in other Jails of Punjab. I personally feel that the major role of education is to transform the person into being great social and good human being. We anticipate that the trained inmates will become entrepreneurs after going back to the society.”
Illustrative, Minister Phillaur had earlier visited Tihar Jail factory in New Delhi. There, he was impressed by the quality of the eatables being produced and distributed at so many outlets across the city. In consonance, Punjab Government established a bakery unit at Central Jail in Ludhiana as pet project of CM Punjab for reformation and rehabilitation of inmates. LPU was entrusted to impart training and inmates got turned into skillful bakers.  Now inmates have started producing biscuits, breads, buns, rusk & ‘namkeen’ products of more than 30 varieties, under common brand name “Anand”.

One of the trained inmates, Ramesh is very happy on receiving University training certificate. He said: “I am soon going to release from the jail. I was worried about my future. But, this training has made me confident.  Now I will be able to start my own bakery. I can also get a job.” 

LPU organised one-day National English Seminar

· Near 50 Scholars from Indian Universities like BHU Varanasi, IIT Roorkee, Allahabad University, Aligarh Muslim University participated
·  Seminar meant to seek solution for varied violence in globalized world order.

Jalandhar: Department of English of Lovely Professional University organized one-day national English seminar to seek solution for varied violence in globalized world order. The topic of discussion was ‘Contextualizing and Reorienting Violence and its Spaces in a Postmodern, Globalized World Order’.  This multi-disciplinary seminar brought together scholars and researchers from different disciplines to enter into a dialogue for subject related issues. Near 50 Scholars from Indian Universities like BHU Varanasi, IIT Roorkee, Allahabad University, Aligarh Muslim University and many others participated. The seminar was composed of inaugural & eight other business sessions, and saw evoking open lectures.  The inaugural session was presided over by LPU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ramesh Kanwar, and the key note address was made by Prof J S Jha from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
Prof Jha emphasized that the acts of oppression operate through different outlets. Inherent prejudices, hostilities and suspicions affect daily life in such a manner that the world seems frightening. He suggested that tolerance, compassion and developing bonds of understanding can make world a better place to live in. Prof Sonjoy Dutta Roy from University of Allahabad took literary narratives from famous writers WB Yeats, TS Eliot and others and questioned “Is violence intrinsic to human nature”. In answer he embarked into probing Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of “Ahimsa”. Eminent Researcher Dr Amitranjan Basu from Shimla talked about complex nature and multiplication of violence. He stressed to explore the culture that makes to disentangle the omnipotence of violence. Prof Banibrata Mahanta from BHU Varanasi outlined violence faced by people with disabilities. Similarly, Prof Elham Fatma from Aligarh Muslim University pointed out that there has been violence throughout human history, and can be controlled with mutual love.

In the evening, the success of the seminar was self relevant when all participants got together and pondered to bring peace to the world.  Congregation of scholars was determined to bring solution to all those who are becoming victims to routine violence. It may be due to gender inequality, aggressive foreign policy and insensitive state legislation etc. 

LPU Faculty & Student presented Research Papers in JAPAN

  • More than 600  international & national scholars contributed greatly to the field of language and education during the conference
  • LPU representatives were only two Indians who were invited to attend academic conference
  • Topics were ‘A Study of Pragmatic Failures in English Committed by Native Speakers of Punjabi’ and ‘Media: Pros & Cons’

Jalandhar: LPU faculty & student presented research papers at a linguistic conference at Osaka in Japan. Ms Jyoti Sharma, a faculty in Social Sciences and Languages, and a B. Tech CSE student Batish Sama of Lovely Professional University were the only two Indians who were invited to attend academic conference held at Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU), Japan.  Organiser of the conference, Asia Pacific Education & Research Association (AERA) honoured these two researchers with coveted certificates for their valuable research inputs. More than 600 scholars from international and local regions contributed greatly to the field of language and education during the conference. Other scholars were from the universities of the USA, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Hong kong,

China, Indonesia, UAE, Saudi Arabia and many other countries. LPU Pro Chancellor Mrs Rashmi Mittal congratulated the young researchers and encouraged them to continue their research-work for goodness of humanity.
Ms Jyoti Sharma presented paper on “Media: Pros & Cons”. She has clearly pointed out that media has always been able to save the dignity of several unarmed common people. She says if media had been since ancient times, most of the disputes- cum- wars would not have happened.
Batish Sama presented his research paper “A Study of Pragmatic Failures in English Committed by Native Speakers of Punjabi”. It aimed to investigate the pragmatic perception of politeness in request strategies used by ESL (English Spoken Language) learners whose native language is Punjabi.  He has related it with technology such as Google voice systems. Politeness in verbal behaviour varies, and is difficult to express in a second language because learners may not know appropriate idiomatic expressions/cultural norms. This often leads to misunderstandings and “awkward” situations which result in pragmatic failures, which are inabilities to understand what is meant by what is said.

Illustrative, ISLLLE Conference aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and educators with interests in language, linguistics, literature, and education at all levels from around the world. The theme of the International Symposium on Language, Linguistics, Literature and Education is designed to attract the research communities to promote connections between theory and practice. It also explores different perspectives on the application of research findings into practice.

LPU lifted Overall Literary Trophy at AIU Fest

*Got 19 positions in literary, dance, theater & fine arts competitions
*Qualified to further participate in 11 competitions at Inter University National Youth Festival to be held in Feb 2014
* Also lifted Overall Runners-Up Trophy of the fest

Jalandhar:  Talented students of Lovely Professional University have once again brought laurels to the university and the Punjab by becoming ‘Literary Champion’ of Association of Indian Universities’ (AIU’s) 29th North Zone Inter University Youth Festival. Students also created history by making LPU the youngest university ever to be among top-two position holders in any zonal festival of AIU. LPU lifted ‘Overall Runners-Up Trophy’ of the fest- “TARUNULLAHS 2013”, which was held at Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow.  The fest was supported by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. A contingent of 40 LPU Students participated in 25 events under the categories of music, dance & theatre and won 8 first positions, 3 second and 8 third. LPU excelled all other 27 participating universities of the zone like Guru Nanak Dev University (17 positions), Punjab University Chandigarh (11), Kurukshetra University (9), and Panjabi University Patiala (with 7). LPU teams have been qualified to further participate in 11 competitions at AIU’s inter- university National Youth Festival to be held at Kurukshetra University (Haryana) from 18th to 24th February, 2014.
LPU students got 22 gold medals in Classical Instrumental Percussion, Western Group Song, Classical Dance, Mimicry, Skit, Elocution, Debate & Installation; 5 silver medals in Quiz, Spot-Painting & Cartooning; and 24 bronze medals in Classical Vocal Solo, Classical Instrumental (Non- Percussion), Light Vocal Indian, Western Vocal Solo, Indian Group Song, Folk Orchestra, Poster Making and Spot Photography competitions.
Congratulating participating students and accompanists, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal encouraged them to further prove their metal at AIU’s National Unifest-2014. Mr Mittal said: “I am happy to find that in spite of being in experienced our students competed in excellence for zonal competitions. This victory is on the conception that our students always take competitors in true spirit and perform to the core irrespective of victory or defeat.”
Kathak-sovereign of LPU, an M Tech student Shwetima Jamwal, who hails from Jammu, is very happy on her many consecutive wins and holds that she and all other members of LPU contingent have now vowed to lift national trophy. She said: “This time we participated in 25 categories and got winning positions in maximum of these, now we are determined to excel in all competitions at next level.”

Actor Karanvir Bohra encouraged school students on Conclusive day of PSEB Competitions at LPU

* “Students should learn great values & traditions from these competitions”: Dr Suresh Tandon, Vice Chairman PSEB 

Jalandhar: Punjab School Education Board’s (PSEB’s) state level co-curricular competitions for 17 events concluded today at the campus of host Lovely Professional University. Actors Karnvir Bohra and Teejay Sidhu encouraged school students through their special enchanting performances. The Chief Guest of the day was PSEB Vice-Chairman Dr Suresh Tandon.  Encouraging the students Dr Tandon said: “Students should note that healthy competitions teach us to be always up to the mark so that we may excel others. However, irrespective of our victory or defeat, we should devote to such activities to uphold our values, traditions, customs, and culture.”
Appreciating the blueprint and motive of the competitions as devised by the board, LPU Director General Er HR Singla said: “PSEB deserves great applaud for its strenuous efforts to bring time-needed mind-set ups in school students. I am sure that students must have learnt a lot during these three days and this big platform will be helpful to tender-aged boys and girls throughout their life.”
Mrs Manjit Kaur mother of a participant Jyoti from Govt Girls Sr Sec School Amritsar holds:  “It is indeed a great thing that our sons and daughters of even primary and middle class level performed on a University stage. As young minds imbibe soon, our wards will certainly grow in a better way by seeing success and progress at LPU Campus.” Similarly participating students & teachers from Singh Sabha Kanya Pathshala Abohar, Anju, Sheenu, Rekha and Damanpreet are of the view: “We are fortunate to project ourselves before an audience of the largest university of India.”
 Illustrative, about 3000 school students from more than 200 schools gathered at LPU to exhibit their talents. It was first time that LPU had been entrusted by PSEB to host state level mammoth conduction of competitions. Held annually at block, district, regional and state levels, these activities have due ‘academic weight-age’ for the participants.
 The results of the final day for Class IX to XII are:  In Calligraphy competition Lovepreet stood first (Govt.  Girls Sr. Sec School,  Gobindgarh), Anmolpreet Kaur stood second position (Baba Farid Public Sr Sec School, Bathinda) and Manpreet Kaur stood third position (Govt. Sr Sec School, Jagraon, Ludhiana). In Shabd Gayan competition Harbag Singh & party stood first position, Mani Kaur and Bharatdeep party stood second and Amritpal Singh & Kulvir

Kaur & party stood third position. In Gidha competition Puneet Sharma & party stood first position (Govt. Sr Sec School, Nabha, Patiala) Navreet Kaur & party stood second position (Pioneer public Sr Sec  School, Sangrur) and Daljeet Kaur & party stood third position (Govt. Sr Sec School, Punjabi Univ campus, Patiala). In Declamation competition Gurinder Kaur stood first position (Shahed Baba Khushal Singh Sr Sec memorial, Lambra, Jalandhar), Navneet Kaur stood second position (Ramgarhia  Sr Sec School, Ludhiana) and Navroop Kaur Sidhu stood third position (Baba Farid Public Sr Sec School, Bathinda). In War Gayan competition Jaspreet Singh stood first position, Gurwinder Singh stood second Upinder Kaur  stood third. In G.K. Test competition Kamaldeep Singh stood first position (GTB Khalsa Sr Sec memorial, Malout), Palwinder Kaur stood second position (Baba Farid Public Sr Sec School, Bhema) and Komal Rani stood third (Sunflower model High School, Patiala). In Malwai Gidha competition Amandeep Singh & party stood first position Prem Prakash & party stood second position Gurpyar Singh & party stood third. In Kavishari competition Kamaldeep Kaur stood first position, Jobanbir Kaur stood second position  and Gurpratap Singh stood third. In Poetry competition Kirandeep Kaur stood first position (S. Baldev Singh Sr Sec School, Fatehgarh Sahib), Amrita Singh stood second position (Govt. Sr Sec School, Nangal) and Anureet Kaur stood third (Baba Farid Public Sr Sec. School, Bathinda).