‘One India’, an event to celebrate India’s cultural diversity, inaugurated today at LPU campus

* Thousands of Students from 28 states of India studying at LPU showcased their culture/heritage
*Celebrating theme of the year is “Khel India”; Students got clustered to display sports contributions of respective Indian States

Jalandhar: Thousands of students from 28 states of India studying at LPU represented ‘Mini India’, today, at the Campus during celebration of much awaited annual cultural show ‘One India’.  This is the fourth year of this unique event which is celebrated every year in the campus to bring students of different states together and to uphold the fundamental of India-Unity in Diversity. To becelebrated on two days under the theme “Khel India”, the celebration is being held through two parts- Cultural Showcase and One India Expo.  One India commenced with a huge colourful cultural procession starting from one corner of the campus to reach to another. During the procession thousands of students wearing colorful state dresses, representing their respective states danced to the local tunes.
Students of different states have also set up different stalls, showcasing different states for their main sports contributions. Other highlights of the inaugural day remained folk dances of India, display of Sports icons, twilight games of India, theatrical representations and melodious music show.
Chief Guest of the day, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal, who lighted the torch to inaugurate the event, said: “This organization is indeed a great celebration for India’s dominant strength of Unity in Diversity. I am happy to share that LPU is true representative of India, as students studying here are from all the Indian states.  And, through celebrations like One India, University preserves the true spirit of cultural diversity, harmony, togetherness, energy and patriotic enthusiasm. The way students co-exist for different activities, whether related to academics, sports or any other field makes us feel proud.” Mentioning about the theme of the year, he said: “In order to celebrate the achievements made at London Olympics-2012, which have made the country proud by ensuring biggest-ever haul of medals, theme this year is about sports.    As India, LPU is also celebrating Indian heroes - Sushil Kumar, MC Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal, Vijay Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Gagan Narang and others. The fantastic portrayal and depiction of illustrious sports activities, sports men and women of India, this year, deserve special kudos for all the participating students.” 
Illustrative, different groups of students represented different sports: Haryana for Boxing, Punjab for Athletics, J & K for Cycling, Uttaranchal for Discus Throw, Delhi for Billiards & Squash;  Cluster 2 took Mizoram for Jumps, Meghalaya for Badminton, Assam Football, Manipur Gymnastics & Nagaland for Tae-Kwando;  Cluster 3 represented Bihar for Tug of war, Rajasthan for Shooting, Jharkhand Hockey, West Bengal Mountaineering, Sikkim Archery  and  Uttar Pradesh Basket-Ball;  Cluster 4 showcased  Madhya Pradesh for Judo, Odisha Karate, Gujrat Volley-Ball, Tripura Table Tennis & Chhatisgarh for Power Lifting and Cluster 5  exhibited Kerala for Athletics, Goa for Soft Ball, Maharashtra for Cricket Tamil-Nadu and Andhra Pradesh for Chess and weightlifting and Karnataka for Tennis . 
The stalls, depicting each state, have been colorfully decorated exhibiting states peculiarities, particularly in games and athletics. Also separate kiosks were put on view the ornaments, dresses, and the food-items.
  The stall of Manipur exhibited its main sports activity POLO with its indigenous games MUKNA (Just like Wrestling) & Yubilakpi (Manipuri Rugby). Cycling and Boat racing were the other activities displayed with the help of charts, models and sculpting.Manipuri students Joy and Denish explained about the rich culture of their state to the visitors that its rich culture excels in every aspect as in martial arts, dance, theater and sculpture. They also told about classical form of Manipuri dance, which is based and inspired by the theme of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha's love story and the devotion of the Gopis.
Similarly, Nagaland Stall was displayed as land of festivals. Focussing mainly on the Taekwon-do, the traditional game of the state Naga-kiti-do was beautifully explained by students Esther Viro, Aviholi Sumi, Niwe Mero, Inakoli and others. They also informed about traditional dance ‘Aphelou’. They told that Nagaland is a mountainous state, inhabited by the Naga tribes.
On this celebration, International students, studying at LPU from more than 26 countries, felt it to be a great event to witness. They felt as if they have visited the whole of India on the campus itself.  They unanimously held “One India” as a marvelous experience, as it made them more pragmatic with an elaborated insight into how India exists united. Bethelam Fikre from Ethiopia said: “This year’s theme has taught me much about India, its Sports culture and achievements made in this field. I have attained much in a single day’s celebration, which I could have gathered only by reading hundreds of books, newspapers and magazines. I used to think that India is all about cricket only but this event has given me a different perspective.”
Other LPU official present during the event included Pro Chancellor Ms Rashmi Mittal and Vice Chancellor Dr Ramesh Kanwar. 

Microsoft held ‘AppFest’ at Lovely Professional University: LPU students got chance to code for Windows

* 700 Students availed opportunity to join the community of the next generation app developers
* Students learnt and developed applications/software for Windows Phone platform

Jalandhar:  Microsoft India selected Lovely Professional University, as one out of the 54 hub centers across India, to hold India AppFest 2013.  LPU Vice Chancellor, Dr Ramesh Kanwar said: “Going under an enthusiastic response and recognizing rare opportunity, LPU students got together to develop apps for the Windows platform. Students, who wished to brush up their coding skills, geared up to code applications for the whole day.” In fact, on the day of the AppFest, near 700 young developers coded under the supervision of Microsoft Mentor, trainers and Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs). Students submitted the app online - an opportunity to make it available on the Windows Store after thoroughness. AppFest proved to be an ideal platform to learn from experts and explore latest Microsoft technologies and products. 

Microsoft Director (Strategic Audience Marketing) Pratima Amonkar is of the view:  "On one hand, the trends in the IT space have evolved over the past few years, creating greater opportunities for students and budding developers. On the other, the global youth unemployment rate is currently at 12.7 percent- double the overall unemployment rate. These two things clearly indicate a gap in demand and supply, and the obvious answer to this is that ‘given the right skills and training, there is lot young technology students can achieve today. This is exactly what we are trying to do: bring together the opportunity and those, who can utilize it.” 

Microsoft provided students with free software such as Visual Studio Express for Windows 8, and with free Windows Store registration codes through Microsoft DreamSpark. The focus remained on broad-based consumer applications, incorporating education, games, apps for social good etc. In addition to submitting the apps for evaluation for a chance to get on the Microsoft Store, the training and experience received via this programme will boost the students' employability, and create a more capable developer ecosystem in the country. 

Illustrative, founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has strong presence in India, and currently has offices in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

Education Minister Punjab honoured LPU with Shiksha Ratna Award for best IT practices

* Education Minister Punjab, S Sikandar Singh Maluka conferred the award.
*LPU awarded for its innovative IT initiative "University Management System”, which has promoted culture of paperless University

Jalandhar: Acknowledging unique and innovative initiatives in the field of higher education in Punjab, Shiksha Ratna Award has recently been bestowed upon Lovely Professional University, during the Digital Learning State Education Summit (SES) 2013, held in ChandigarhLPU got this honour for best IT practices in Higher Education for its product "University Management System”, which has enabled university to be termed as “paperless”.  Education Minister, Government of Punjab, S Sikandar Singh Maluka, who was the Chief Guest of the event, presented the award. He was accompanied by, Conveners of the Summit, S Kahan Singh Pannu, IAS, Secretary-cum-Director General, School Education, Govt of Punjab and Dr Ravi Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, Digital Learning. 

State Education Summit 2013, Punjab, is convened with the objective of focusing and deliberating on regional concerns and challenges in diverse areas of education.  In fact, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Punjab is the host partner for the first of its kind event in Punjab, the State Education Summit 2013. The event focuses exclusively on the state’s initiatives in education while exploring opportunities for a digitally inclusive society. Keeping same in the view, the Summit honours the works of the schools, Higher Education institutions as well as corporates, which have transformed the dynamics of education in Punjab. 

Congratulating the entire Information and Technology Team for getting coveted award for the university, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal said: “It is really a matter of great pride and honour that our university has received the highest award in the state for innovative practices. This has resulted under high professional integrity, sincere team work and ability to bring revolutionary changes.” Pointing towards a serious gap between the existing pool and the requirement of innovative academic leaders, Mr Mittal said: “No doubt, we are doing the best possible things to let the whole of Punjab fast become the education hub, yet we feel a lot has to be done on these lines. At present, thought leaders and transformational protagonists with innovative approach to development are strongly required to meet targets of the India Vision 2020 for Higher Education sector.  In this regard, the daises like SES are functioning well to bring out the best through such identifications and boosting honours. On these lines, the days are not far away when the honour of our country’ s being pioneer in the realms of education will be restored.” 

Illustrative, University Management System (UMS) is an innovative step of the University, which works as "Any Time Any Where” strong online connection between staff, students and the University.   As LPU has been continuously promoting a culture of paperless University, the day to day administration and most of the University procedures are carried out online. UMS acts as an Electronic Notice Board and displays all important information and announcements made at the University level. The current happenings and achievements are also displayed on UMS. Different sections like Time Table, Attendance, Results, Assignments, Term Papers, Projects, Date-sheet, Instruction Plan etc provide different concerned details to the students online. Similarly, Relationship Management System (RMS) attends to all queries, suggestions, complaints and feedbacks of a student, online.

Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC), One of the top 5 Banking Sectors, visited LPU

*Forwarded valuable insights while interacting with Management students & faculty of the university
*Talked about global meltdown & India’s strong Banking Industry

Jalandhar: Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC), Mr S L Bansal, visited LPU and interacted with its MBA students and faculty. Mr Bansal has not only been credited with widening the illustrious banking scenario in India, but has also been instrumental in flowing and handling best banking practices even in UK and USA. Mr Bansal talked about banking operations and availability of various career opportunities in Banking Industry. Creating a highly interactive environment during his 2 hours lecture, he let students learn the ability of diffusing crisis with practical solutions. Mr Bansal also shared with them his banking experiences of over 36 years and also told them about the achievements made by OBC in past few years.

Mr Bansal addressed students’ queries related towards priority sector lending and new initiatives taken by OBC to meet the affordability challenge in pursuing higher education. He also explained about managing non-performing assets, impact of globalization on bank’s performance, and the role of public sector banks in economic growth of the country. Students came to know much through Mr Bansal’s expertise in matters of credit and operations.  Mr Bansal also talked about global meltdown & India’s strong Banking Industry.

While welcoming and introducing the elite-guest to the students, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal mentioned: “It has really been the rarest of rare opportunities when a CMD of a big bank, of such a rank and reputation, has himself enriched our students through his acumen of long banking industry, expertise, of near four decades. What to talk of students, even I myself have been benefitted for certain banking operations of much importance.” Chancellor Mittal also talked high of CMD Bansal for his heading OBC’s various regions: “Mr Bansal is a perceptive and judicious banker of high national and international repute. His dynamism and human approach are the hall-marks of his great persona. On his this special visit, I am sure that each and every word of his valuable delivery will bring more pragmatism for our students, under enrichment with great thoughts of high utilities.” 

Illustrative, OBC has its on campus full-fledged operational branch, ATMs, as well as day-long door steps service through OBC’s Mobile ATM van, to help students and other members of staff save their time. On this occasion, MBA students, Ashima Mahajan, Ankita Aggarwal and Mukut Joshi said: “This lecture session has really made us learn a lot from an authority on banking.  We are thankful to LPU’s faculty of business which enabled us to meet, listen to and interact with a banker of dynamism, leadership qualities, and true team man ship. Such opportunities are rare to avail of. We are indeed lucky to have face to face solutions to our queries, which had been unsolved up-till now.” 

Lovely Professional University savors the Magical Tadka of Coke Studio@MTV’s Signature Fusion Music!

Papon, Clinton Cerejo enthrall over 20,000 students of LPU with enchanting compositions from season 2 of the fusion music property

Jalandhar, 15th February, 2013: Magic and excitement cast its spell on the campus of Lovely Professional University (LPU), as it staged the maiden performance of ‘Coke Studio @MTV, one of India’s most loved and popular fusion music properties established by Coca-Cola India. Over 20,000 music lovers witnessed incredible performances by an ensemble of versatile and multi-talented artists such as Papon, Clinton Cerejo, Sonu Kakkar, Sawan Khan,etc.The crowd was seen swaying to the rhythm and crooning along to the lyrics of popular tracks such as “Madari” and “Dungar”, “Radha”, etc. This was the first time that Coke Studio came to Jalandhar and the excitement amongst music revelers was palpable.

Speaking about the music property, Wasim Basir, Director, Integrated Marketing Communications, Coca-Cola India said, "Coke Studio is a fusion of musical genres, fusion of melody, fusion of rhythms and fusion of cultures. It is Coca-Cola's unique point of view on music, allowing the 'Happy' energy of Coca-Cola to bring people together. And this exactly what we intended to do by organizing this fusion music property's first ever concert at LPU. Coke Studio prides itself in bringing together some of the country's most talented musicians at a common platform, driven by a common cause to celebrate the diversity of music, just like the way LPU nurtures the  talent of some of the country’s most diverse and bright minds. Hence, this association was a perfect fit for us. Showcasing Coke Studio at platforms like these is the best way to reflect the true essence of the musical property, giving the audiences a flavor of the signature music, 'LIVE' ".
Launched in India in 2011 by Coca-Cola India in association with MTV, Coke Studio@MTV, is a first of its kind music project in India which brings together diverse artists of different genres to create an extraordinary series of medley, giving music lovers across the country a unique opportunity to enjoy Coke Studio's signature fusion music. In Season 2, Coke Studio@MTV showcased a whole new lineup of artists. In this 2nd season, the focus was to showcase diversity and innovation through 8 unique Episodes, 12 breakthrough Producers and over 200 incredible musicians.
 Speaking about hosting Coke Studio’s maiden concert at LPU, Mr. Ashok Mittal, Chancellor, LPU said, “Coke Studio is an incredible platform that has been conceptualized to tap the new talent. It was indeed an enriching and a motivating experience for our students to watch groups performing at Coke Studio live and I am sure our boys and girls will draw lots of inspiration from these immensely gifted groups. He further added, “I am sure seeing Coke Studio our students especially the University bands will aspire to perform for them in the near future. The interesting aspect is Coke Studio is known to promote Indo-Western fusion and I can envision LPU to be a strong fit as we have students from 26 different countries and those who are musically inclined or talented can seamlessly form a true blue Indo-Western band”.

Coke Studio in India has received enormous support from fans and the music fraternity. It has so far registered close to 1.6 Million Facebook fans, over 7 Million hits on YouTube and close to 13 million downloads on mobile platforms. Since its launch last year, the fusion music project has brought together some of the country's best talent in contemporary and traditional music and has garnered huge support from the public as well as the music fraternity.

Expressing his views about Coke Studio, music sensation and versatile singer, Papon, said, "As a young musician, Coke Studio has been the best opportunity one could ask for.  Our country has one of the most enriching and versatile music landscapes and Coke Studio has given artistes like me a chance to collaborate with some of the most talented musicians from across the country. Bringing that music directly to the audience and performing live on stage is something I always look forward to. The audience at LPU had incredible energy and I can’t wait to come back and perform here again.

According to the Clinton Cerejo, one of the most promising producer and singers of the country, "As a musician, Coke Studio@MTV is the perfect platform for not just a great collaboration but also a chance to bring my music directly to the people. At Coke Studio@MTV music takes center stage, it`s just about the music and that sanctity has lead to some of my best work. I had an amazing time at the LPU, the crowd was fantastic and I look forward to coming back to this fantastic platform again”
Coke Studio is the Trademark of The Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola and Coke are the registered trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company
Coke Studio @ MTV- season 2, produced and broadcasted by Viacom 18 in association with Coca-Cola India Pvt Ltd

Coke Studio@MTV to rock LPU campus tomorrow; 20,000 students to witness the musical concert

Jalandhar: In a significant musical extravanza at LPU, four prominent singers from Coke Studio will perform at LPU campus tomorrow. Papon, Clinton Cerejo, Sonu Kakkar, Sawan Khan are set to give a rocking performance at LPU in a live performance programme that will span five hours in a stretch. Coke Studio@MTV is the perfect platform for the new artistes to showcase their talent across the country. LPU has been organising musical concerts in past on a regular basis with eminent bands and singers like Euphoria, Raga Boyz, Suraj Jagan etc. having performance in the campus in last year’s. The concert by Coke studio is a continuation of the phenomenon, with its being the first of the series of concert to be held in the current year. The mood in the campus has already got electrifying in anticipation of a scintillating performance of the band. The campus is buzzing with the talk of Coke studio.

A visibility enthralled Akash, a student of Performing Arts said: “I simply cannot wait any more to see my favourite singers performing before my own eyes. Coke studio has been bringing good singers to the fore year after year. The youth connects itself with their music, as it is inventive and refreshing”. Pleasant weather and initial phase of academic semester have tremendously raised the possibility of a packed house to the event. It is expected that more than 20,000 students will witness the musical feast.

Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal said: “Cultural artists are ambassadors of peace, harmony and goodwill. LPU being a hub of students from different cultural and regional background, such programmes have an underlying performance of their own. Coke studio is a household name tomorrow and is known for its popularity for young names. Students of LPU are upbeat about their ensuing performance. I am sure the singers apart from their performance will extend affirmative message to the youth”.

Two-day 5th Annual Sports Meet galore concluded at LPU with highlighting records in many competitions

* Tejinder and Kupan became the fastest man and woman athletes of LPU  
*Overall winner’s (athletics) & Inter Discipline competitions’ trophies lifted by Department of Physical Education
*Near 1700 student athletes & 500 faculty & staff-members competed in 58 competitions, in both men and women category
 *Chancellor Mr. Ashok Mittal asked all University Sports persons: "Continue practicing hard on sports skills, aiming on more national and international achievements"
*More than 100 students of LPU Distance Education Study centers also competed to show their sports-worth, for the first time
Jalandhar:  Excellent athletics and other record breaking sports feats were displayed during two-day 5th Annual Sports Meet organized at Lovely Professional University. Tejinder and Kupan, became the fastest man and woman athletes of LPU, with 00:12:32 and 00:14:93 timings, respectively. Overall winner’s (athletics) & Inter Discipline competitions’ trophies have been won by Department of Physical Education. Organized as customary national sports festival, the event had commenced with big torch relay, and drew to a close under novel pledges to attain more at the international level. Near 1700 student athletes & 500 faculty & staff-members competed, in both men and women category and won 102 Gold, Silver and bronze Medals. More than 100 students of LPU Distance Education Study centers, even situated far off, also competed to show their sports-worth, for the first time. Discipline of Electronics & Electrical Engg and Discipline of Computer Science Engg lifted runners up trophies, in athletics and inter discipline competitions respectively.
Cheering up all the winners, participants and the organizing team for hitherto the best Athletics-Meet by the University, Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal required of all university sports persons to continue practicing very hard on their sports skills so as to meet more and more, national and international level sports challenges. This “junoon”- fiery-spirit must always be kept up, and laurels winning aim should be on international level competitions, even Olympics- 2016, to bring glory to our motherland." Mr Mittal also patted on the backs of all LPU Distance Education students who actively participated in different competitions, for the first time in the history of distance education students. He praised the 22 medal winners at national level competitions, and also applauded the massive participation of participating and spectator students.
Anit (Dept of Physical Education) & Mr. Lakhan Singh Meena (ECE) both got tied as best athletes (men), with equal 75 points. Similarly, Anu Kumari, Kupan & Harwinder Kaur, all three adjudged tied as best athletes (women), with equal 80 points. The two day competitions for different races, jumps and throws concluded with prize distribution ceremony, where winning athletes were honoured, for their splendid performances, with gold silver and bronze medals. The winners of various medals at AIU & Other National Competitions were also specially honoured. In the end, the very interesting Tug of War was organized for faculty and staff-members. The vote of thanks was followed by colourful performances and National Anthem.
Gold Medal Winners, from science, technology, management, pharmacy, commerce professional programmes, (other than physical education), Gurman, CLodiya Jaspinder, Sauresh,  Sarvesh, Gumanraj, Vinod, Amritpal Kaur, Lakhan, Navdeep, basukinath, Puja, Vikram,Sandeep, Minna were very happy on their achievements. Amritpal Kaur who won gold for 5000 Mtr race said:  “We will keep on striving hard  and keep up the “Junoon” within us as required to bring more name and fame not only to our university but our country also, by winning coveted medals on international platforms."

21 Member Delegation from USA spent 2 days at LPU for finding new areas of Co-operation

* LPU signs MoUs with four US Universities: Focus on promoting R&D activities

* Big gain for  LPU’s  internationalization drive  as 4 US Universities sign MoU for close cooperation in R&D activities


Jalandhar: In a progressive move underlining its aspiration to become a top global University, LPU Phagwara signed MoU with four prominent Universities from USA, heralding a new chapter in University’s spread of global linkages.  LPU signed Memorandum of Understanding with Iowa State University (ISU), University of Iowa (UI), University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and Kirkwood Community College (KCC). The MoUs are cornered on the intent of increased cooperation between the partner Universities in the field of strengthening research & development activities. Besides that, the agreement seeks to promote quality education & boost research culture amongst students of respective countries by conceivable academic, cultural, extracurricular and other collaborative projects/assignments.

The MoU was signed during visit of 21 member delegation from IOWA State. The delegation has been so far the biggest delegation from US to visit Punjab. The delegation which included the Secretary of Agriculture from IOWA, senator, academicians and industrialists had a very good discussion with the University’s Chancellor and Vice Chancellor on various sectors to co-operate. LPU has been a traditional front runner in expanding international linkages during the past decade; and the signing of these MoUs illustrates further spurt of the University in this direction. Already the University has signed MoUs with more than 40 Universities based in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and Singapore etc.

The Memorandum signed with ISU, UI, UNI and KCC address diverse aspects of mutual cooperation viz. students’ exchange, academic & administrative personnel exchange, developing research proposals, developing collaborative degree programs allowing students to undertake part of the program/course of study at each institution. MoUs are also for conducting Joint symposia, seminars/conferences, workshops etc. In addition, exchange of academic information & materials, promoting academic, cultural, sports, co-curricular, social, community development and other activities of common interest, promoting entrepreneurship, start-up projects, short duration Study India/Abroad Programs etc will also be undertaken.

Shri Ashok Mittal, Chancellor LPU in his address to the delegates of visiting Universities said, “LPU has chalked out an ambitious plan to emerge as one of the top 200 Universities of the World in coming five years.  The University aims to partner along with reputed Universities from across the globe, and the MoUs signed today is a step towards the direction.” Among those present from partner Universities were Dr. Jonathan Adam Wickert (Senior Vice President and Provost, ISU), Dr. Patrick Barry Butler (Executive Vice President and Provost, UI), Dr. Gloria J. Gibson (Executive Vice President and Provost, UNI) and Mr. Steven James Ovel (Associate Vice President Government Relations, KCC).  The cooperation between the Universities is likely to advance research in diverse fields, agriculture, engineering, pharmacy, business & education.  This is pertinent to mention that LPU also facilitated meeting of the delegation with S Prakash Singh Badal, CM Punjab, yesterday where discussion regarding sister to sister ties between both states were discussed. 

Senior Vice President and Provost of Iowa State University, Dr. Jonathan Adam Wickert in his address said, “LPU is a bright representative of the increasing might of Indian higher education scenario. Indisputably, LPU is one the Indian Universities whose functioning is aligned with the practices and system followed in developed countries in West, especially USA. For us, it is an ideal choice to get along with, in our pursuit to bring our academic expertise and experience to India.”

Punjab State Council for Science & Technology (PSCST) and LPU organised 19th ‘Popular Biotechnology Lecture Series’

*The series is supported by the Department of Biotechnology of Government of India (DBT-GOI)*Theme of the series was ‘Recent advances in bioremediation to combat environmental pollution’*About 300 students & faculty members of life sciences disciplines from various colleges of the region attended the ‘series’* A publication by PSCST providing comprehensive information on bioremediation was also released

Jalandhar: To promote the advancements in Biotechnology, Punjab State Council for Science & Technology (PSCST) organised, today, 19th ‘Popular Biotechnology Lecture Series’ at Lovely Professional University. Under the support of Department of Biotechnology of Government of India (DBT-GOI), LPU and PSCST collaborated for important lectures on the theme of ‘Recent advances in bioremediation to combat environmental pollution’. About 300 students & faculty members of life sciences disciplines from various colleges of the region attended the ‘series’.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jatinder Kaur Arora, Additional Director, PSCST gave an overview of developments in biotechnology sector as well in the area of bioremediation. Dr. Swaranjit Singh, Head, Department of Environmental Biotechnology & Microbial Biochemistry, Institute of Microbial Technology Chandigarh, elucidated recent trends and role of Biosurfactants in Bioremediation. Dr Neelam Verma, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Punjabi University Patiala, spoke on bioremediation of Xenobiotics & heavy metals. The lectures were followed by elaborate question- answer session, which was specifically very useful for final year students, who would be entering the professional world soon. A booklet providing comprehensive information on bioremediation, published by PSCST, was also released.

Illustrative, Biotechnology, being the most upcoming area of science & technology, the council organises this programme every year to enable the student and teachers of life sciences disciplines to comprehend the recent developments in this sector.   After going for interactive discussion session M.Sc Biotechnology students Sachin, Rashmi, Shivani, Manish and other students held the organisation as fruitful, informative and important for their career ahead in the field. Sachin told: “All the lectures are very helpful as these are directly linked to different projects being under taken by us. Moreover the latest information provided in regard to bacteria and pollution remedies are really very valuable.” 

MBA students of LPU got placed with Internationally acclaimed Manufacturing & Retail companies

*Students to receive package as high as Rs 3.8 Lac per annum 

Jalandhar: World-wide celebrated ‘Manufacturing and Retail’ companies like Asian Paints, Pepsico India Holdings, Bose Corporation and NJ India Invest have selected LPU’s MBA students. The selected ones will join their duties in the month of June 2013, with an annual salary package up to Rs 3.8 Lac per annum plus incentives & variables, after confirmation.  For these placements, students of MBA Marketing/Retail, Batch 2013 (Final Year), were eligible for the posts of Unit Managers/ Officer Sales & Marketing/ Sales Trainee.  Prior to selection, the recruited students faced a thoroughly designed selection criteria, based on PPT, Group Discussion, Aptitude Test and Interview.

Congratulating the successful students, LPU Pro Chancellor Ms Rashmi Mittal advised them: “Always be up to the expectations of respective selectors to continue scaling on high positions and bring name and fame not only to your-selves, but also to your parents and alma-mater. The great companies with which you have been placed will further strengthen the techniques gained by you through your learning.  In this regard, devotion, sincerity, perseverance and hard work, towards new tasks to be assigned to you by your selectors, are strongly desired of you.”

Illustrative, Asian Paints is one of the largest paint companies in the world, operating around the world through its subsidiaries Berger International Limited, Apco Coatings, SCIB Paints and Taubmans. PepsiCo, with global vision, is the largest and one of the fastest growing food & beverage business in the country. On the other hand, Bose Corporation has achieved international acclaim by setting a new industry standard for life-like sound reproduction. The list of its major technologies and award-winning products have reshaped conventional thinking about the quality of sound it produces; whereas, NJ India Invest is a professionally managed, quality conscious and customer focussed financial / investment advisory & distribution firm.

Danish Rashid, who has been placed with Asian Paints Ltd, assured that by sincere working he would surely reach to the top and important position in future.  Similarly, Irshad Ahmed, Khusboo Gupta and other selected ones held that students must have a positive approach during recruitment process, and should apply all the basics learnt through special employability programmes of the University. 

LPU takes up the Corporate Social Responsibility - way to empower School Teachers

*Two-day workshop organised on Soft skills, e-learning and Smart teaching for school teachers
*About 130 Principals, Heads & PGTs from Kendriya Vidyalayas, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, Adarsh Sr Sec & other reputed schools participated
*More than 80 schools of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, UT Chandigarh & Punjab benefitted

Jalandhar: To improvise and sensitize the fundamental education pattern in schools, LPU has taken up new corporate social responsibility, under its project Disha, to empower school teachers for new teaching pedagogy. Talking to Media, LPU Pro Chancellor Ms Rashmi Mittal informed: “It is generally rested upon universities to make students job ready, thoughtful, pragmatic and socially awakened. However, it cannot be easily done if fundamentals added up at school are not strong. This is true more so in the case of India where schools are still using most of the traditional methodology. Understanding this gap, LPU has started to train and sensitize school teachers and principals on this requirement. For this, we designed two days course and workshop for school teachers and we are happy that principals and teachers from Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) participated in the workshop, showing firm faith in our deliberation.” 

Organised at LPU campus, this workshop of project ‘Disha’ saw participation of more than 80 schools from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, UT Chandigarh & Punjab.  About 130 Principals, Heads & PGTs, from Kendriya Vidyalayas, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, Adarsh Sr Sec & other reputed schools participated.  During this, LPU experts held various important technical sessions and Panel Discussion towards Sharing challenges and innovations in School & Higher Education and bridging gap between the both, Hands on Exercise-Emails, Blogs and Personal Web Pages,  e-Learning concepts and lab work, Role of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies in Educational Institutions), Communication Skills, Managing Work Life.  Visiting educators also underwent interactions with senior functionaries of LPU, feedbacks and open forum for discussions and recreational activities. On both the days of the workshop, the teachers of distant places had been provided with suitable lodging, boarding, food and other facilities.

Workshop participant Dr(MS) H Bali, Assistant Commissioner, KVS RO Chandigarh and  teachers Ms Yamini and Ms Sunita from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya,  Mr Rajneesh Dutta from Kendriya Vidyalaya Kullu (Sainj) and Ms S Jolly from KV Pinjore (CRPF) held in common that the workshop provided new prospective on delivery of education. Seeming buoyant, Mr Dutta said: “We have learnt a lot from the subject experts here in the university. I particularly liked the ICT imparting to us in a very simple and easily intelligible way, and also the UMS and RMS of the university, based on this. In fact, much has been gained towards our skills, and now our students will naturally learn the latest trends and technologies through our teachings to them. We want that such efforts should continue in future too.”