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V-C Sobti conferred Swami Vivekananda National Award

Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Professor R C Sobti has been conferred the prestigious Swami Vivekananda National Award 2011 for education in recognition of his contribution towards establishing institutions of scientific excellence and making Panjab University a leading university in bio-medical sciences. This is the second prestigious award presented to Sobti within the first fortnight of January. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni had presented the award to Sobti at a recent ceremony held in New Delhi. On January 3, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had awarded Sobti the Gold Medal for his contribution to the development of science and technology in the country at the 98th Indian Science Congress in Chennai.

UIET team wins first prize in Robowars

PU Junkies, a team of six third-year mechanical engineering students of UIET, Panjab University, created history by winning the first prize in the Robowars competition held recently at Techfest hosted by IIT-Bombay. Panjab University Vice Chancellor Professor R C Sobti and UIET Director Dr Renu Vig congratulated the winners on their arrival on Tuesday. Sobti announced that Panjab University will bear the expenses for developing Blade — the robot that had won the first prize. The winning team has collectively raised funds to procure parts for assembling the robot, which has many industrial applications like cutting metals and cleaning floor. The team members will be honoured at a valedictory function in Chandigarh Science Congress-2011, being organised in February.

Memorandum against ban on paranthas

A memorandum signed by 70 students was submitted to Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof R C Sobti, demanding immediate lifting of a ban on paranthas at the Department of Botany's canteen. Sobti has recently banned paranthas by citing health reasons. "We strongly condemn this decision and have no hesitation in calling it foolish, nonsense and funny. There is resentment among the students regarding this ban, which the V-C had issued verbally. If challenged in a court, it cannot stand the test of equity and fairness," said Sunny Mehta, president of National Student Union of India, who submitted the memorandum on behalf of the students. "Paranthas have been the traditional Indian breakfast since generations. If the V-C is really concerned about the health of the students, he should consider banning Coke and Pepsi, which contain pesticides," said a student.

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