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Dar Ovais is the Dharamshala-based correspondent in the Himachal Pradesh bureau of Hindustan Times. He covers politics, tourism, Tibetan affairs and environmental issues.

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Former PU senator barred from taking part in senate polls

Ex-senator wrongfully hired superintendents

Published on Dec 21, 2019 01:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

After molestation incident, Panjab University begins security audit on campus

Last week, a woman journalist was injured after an unidentified man tried to molest her on the university campus

HT FILE PHOTO(A committee constituted by vice-chancellor organised a meeting and serious deliberations were carried out on the issue by the members.)
Updated on Jan 01, 2020 05:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Goyal alliance retains majority in Panjab University syndicate

BJP group makes inroads, wins 4 of 15 seats in apex executive body of Chandigarh-based varsity

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Updated on Dec 16, 2019 12:45 AM IST
ByDar Ovais

Journo’s molestation on PU campus: Panel formed to probe security lapses

University vice-chancellor Raj Kumar informed the senators on Saturday that the panel will meet on December 17

Updated on Dec 15, 2019 12:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Panjab University syndicate meeting: Nod to double subsidy on student loan

A loan subsidy of ₹50,000 can now be availed of under the merit-cum-means scheme

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Published on Dec 14, 2019 12:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Panjab University to re-introduce course in Tamil language

Tamil Nadu government has asked PU to appoint an assistant professor; has offered an annual financial aid of ₹12 lakh to run the language course

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Published on Dec 13, 2019 12:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

PU withdraws circular to Kashmiri students after Punjab CM’s tweet

Varsity had sought declarations from Kashmiri students that they were not involved in any unlawful activities in the Valley during their absence

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Published on Dec 11, 2019 01:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Students, faculty express shock over PU molestation incident

The students and teachers at Panjab University (PU) expressed shock over the incident of molestation of a woman journalist at the university’s botanical garden on Monday morning. The woman was injured in a scuffle with an unidentified man who tried to molest her while she was on a morning walk.

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Published on Dec 11, 2019 01:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Broken walls, no barbed fencing: The crime was waiting to happen

PU security chief asked to plug loopholes; permission to raise height of boundary walls sought from UT

Appalling condition of the wall fencing at the botanical garden in Panjab University.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Dec 11, 2019 01:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Sign affidavit declaring non-involvement in violence, PU to Kashmiri students

After the abrogation of Article 370, many Kashmiri students left their universities and colleges to go back home and many of them faced financial issues.

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Published on Dec 10, 2019 01:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

39 years on, ‘Chan Pardesi’ to again hit screens in 2020

The film won India’s National Film Award in 1980 and went on to become a big commercial success in 1981, the shooting of the movie had started in 1979

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Published on Nov 24, 2019 01:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

More coffee flavours: Panjab University eatery to come back with new menu

Famous among the Panjab University (PU) residents for its south Indian cuisine, the South India Coffee House is all set to start resume operations with a new menu. The South India Coffee House will now become a multi-cuisine restaurant as the new menu will feature at least 20 new food items in addition to the south Indian food items that were served at the iconic coffee house in the past.

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Published on Nov 22, 2019 01:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Soon, Panjab University scholars can give PhD viva through Skype

The recommendation was made in a meeting of the panel, which has been constituted by vice-chancellor Raj Kumar for framing both PhD and MPhil guidelines

Published on Nov 20, 2019 01:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais

Panjab University fails to submit annual reports to NAAC, may affect its grades

With an aim to ensure better grades, the varsity set up a special cell in 2015 but since then no annual report was submitted

Updated on Nov 20, 2019 12:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

South Asian countries must join forces to tackle air pollution: Nepal apex court judge

The judge, who was speaking about air pollution during the Global Law Conference at Chandigarh University, said, “South Asia has the darkest spots of air pollution and air quality in cities in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh is lower than WHO standards.”

Nepal Supreme Court Judge Anand Mohan(HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 18, 2019 12:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

PU admn seeks report on protesters

Move comes a month after authorities earmarking a single spot for protests caused a row

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Published on Nov 15, 2019 01:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

PU syndicate denies affiliation to management institute at DAV College

The Panjab University syndicate on Saturday declined to grant temporary extension of affiliation to the management institute at DAV College, Sector 10. The move will stop the college from admitting students to the master of business administration (MBA) course at DAV Institute of Management for the 2019-20 session, but will not affect 20-odd students admitted in the previous session.

DAV College, Sector 10, in Chandigarh.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Nov 09, 2019 11:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Panjab University to decide on affiliation to DAV management institute on November 9

Panjab University syndicate will take a call on granting temporary extension of affiliation to Institute of Management of DAV College, Sector 10, for its master of business administration course on November 9

Chandigarh, India May 31::: DAV colege sector 10 in Chandigarh, May 31, 2014. Photo: Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times
Updated on Nov 04, 2019 01:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Panjab University grants affiliation to PGGC-46, GCCBA-50

Eight-member committee has finally decided to extend the affiliation of all courses offered by GCCBA-50 and BBA course at PGGC-46

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Published on Oct 31, 2019 12:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Health facilities for PU South Campus at dental institute

A small centre will start on pilot basis where a resident doctor will be appointed

PU South Campus students will be able to get health checkup at Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Sector 25, instead of visiting the main campus in Sector 14.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 29, 2019 12:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

PU student council president has attended only 1 class since elections

Says students expect him to fulfil the promises made to them and if that means he won’t be able to sit for the exams, so be it

Updated on Oct 26, 2019 01:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Two Panjab University engineering students land 41L jobs with Microsoft

Shivank Bali and Tarun Khullar, both 21, are computer science engineering students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology and will work as software development engineers

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Updated on Oct 23, 2019 01:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Lone custodian takes care of 1,000 years of history at PU archival cell

Cell contains over 40,000 rare books, 1,500 manuscripts written in 7 languages, including writings by British viceroys and governor generals

PU’s archival cell is currently being taken care of by assistant archivist Mritunjay Kumar.(ANIL DAYAL/HT)
Published on Oct 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

PU bans protests outside V-C office

The site adjacent the old parade ground near PU guest house has been earmarked for dharnas

Last year, a controversy erupted at the University when the administration instructed all student bodies to inform the authorities in advance before protesting on campus.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 18, 2019 01:28 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Promotion of 31 teachers: PU syndicate forms review committee

The RAO said that the teachers had applied for the process based on the criteria of previous University Grants Commission(UGC) guidelines.

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Published on Oct 18, 2019 01:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

No extension to principals above 60 yrs in PU affiliate, constituent colleges

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Published on Oct 17, 2019 01:05 AM IST
ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Green cover at PU remains in chokehold of concrete

Despite the orders of the municipal corporation against concreting of pavements around trees, there are hundreds of trees at Panjab University (PU) that continue to remain choked by solid structures. PU has claimed that it has increased its green cover around the campus, but concrete around the trees is a common site at the varsity.

Concreting the space around trees leaves no breathing space, putting the life of trees under threat. The guidelines of the ministry of urban development state that a minimum area of 1.25 x 1.25 metre around the trees should be left uncemented.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 16, 2019 12:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Wear uniforms or face fine: DSW to PU hostel contractors

Has also ordered mess, canteen workers to wear gloves and caps while on duty

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Published on Oct 15, 2019 01:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

I am always ready to help PU: Anurag

Says that the government is aiming at making India a five trillion dollar economy by 2025

Union minister of state for finance and corporate affairs, Anurag Thakur, addressing the gathering during Foundation Day celebrations at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Monday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Published on Oct 15, 2019 01:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Promotion of 31 teachers: PU body approaches UGC to intervene

Resident auditor officer had raised objections against the pending promotion of the teachers who had applied for it under Career Advancement Scheme

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Published on Oct 14, 2019 01:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh
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