The inspiring story of Punjabi University’s first woman VC

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Chandigarh, Sep 1 | ‘A Festschrift for Inderjit Kaur Sandhu: An Inspiring Story’, a book edited and compiled by senior journalist Roopinder Singh, was launched virtually here on Wednesday at a session held to mark the 98th birth anniversaruy of Inderjit Kaur Sandhu.

Inderjit Kaur had been a celebrated academician and the first woamn Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University in Patiala and the first woman chairperson of the Staff Selection Commission in New Delhi.

In a special message, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wrote that the book has weaved “a phulkari that is an enriching mosaic of vignettes of her life”, and also made a mention that “not many know that she was among the first batch of Punjabi MA students and helped edit Giani Ji’s famous ‘Mera Pind'”, to whom she was married.

Inderjit Kaur’s son and editor of the book, senior journalist Roopinder Singh said, “My mother had a long and distinguished career. As you know, she was the Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala (1975 to 1977), and the first woman chairperson of the Staff Selection Commission, New Delhi (1980 to 1985).

“She was educated in Lahore and became the first woman Vice Chancellor of a university in northern India, representing the country in various international academic fora.”

With a forward from Gursharan Kaur, the wife of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the book has contributions in English and Punjabi.

Among the eminent persons who have written in English are: H.S. Gill, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Nikky Guninder Kaur Singh of Colby College, Maine, USA; Ashok Vohra of Delhi University; thespian Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry; and senior Supreme Court advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan.

Archival materials written by publisher Ashok Chopra and late humourist Suba Singh provide a snapshot of the times. Personal accounts of younger persons — authors Ranjit Powar and Aradhika Sharma, journalist Madhusudan Srinivas, administrator Radhey Pratap Singh and Deputy Advocate General Daldeep Singh, and Inderjit Kaur’s grandchildren provide different kinds of perspectives.

The Punjabi section has articles by author Dalip Kaur Tiwana; historian Kirpal Singh; university administrator Tirath Singh; literary critic Kuldip Singh Dhir; and journalist Narinder Singh Sathi.

Educationist Harcharan Kaur, former MP Tarlochan Singh, university administrator Dalip Singh Uppal and linguist Bhupinder Singh Khaira bring out the different aspects of the life of Inderjit Kaur in the book.

Also included in this section are archival articles by Rajinder Kaur and Balwinder Kaur.

There are also many pictures in the book which portray the life of Inderjit Kaur.

Source: IANS

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New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police has ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Along with General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier L.S. Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Naik Vivek Kumar, Naik B. Sai Teja, Havaldar Satpal and pilots were travelling in the chopper.

Confirming about General Rawat presence, Indian Air Force tweeted, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

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The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

Source: IANS

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Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld)

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New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with 14 others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police have ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Emergency rescue teams have been rushed to the spot.

 Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld)

Confirming about General Rawat’s presence, Indian Air Force said, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

Source: IANS

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