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GNDU hosts alumni meet, honours three ex-students

GNDU hosts alumni meet, honours three ex-students

GNDU VC Jaspal Singh Sandhu along with author and photographer Harpreet Sandhu releases a book on visuals of Golden Temple.

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, February 2

Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) hosted the annual edition of its alumni meet today with number of former students from a variety of fields, including the judiciary, IAS, customs and excise, and many more from PCS, defence services, industrialists, academicians, and directors of industries attended the meet. Chief guest Dr Harinder Pal Singh, director, Fortis Escort Hospital, Amritsar, chaired the meeting, which was presided over by Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh Sandhu. Prof Atul Khanna, dean of the Alumni Association, addressed the gathering and spoke about the value of a strong community among faculty and alumni, which is crucial for pushing the university’s academic programme to new heights. He also gave a brief report on the aims and operations of the GNDU Alumni Association, as well as updates on the initiatives being taken to connect the university with alumni and the academic community.

The purpose of the meet was to recognise the accomplishments of its alumni in their separate disciplines, therefore it was truly unique. The Alumni Association honoured three graduates at the university’s Sri Guru Granth Sahib Bhawan with outstanding alumnus awards. Brig Harcharan Singh, VSM, Arjuna awardee and a hockey Olympian, was the first recipient of the award. He is among the university’s oldest and most senior alumni. He talked about the value of sports and discipline, both of which may elevate a person to the top of the social ladder. He underlined that one must lose something in order to gain something in life.

Dr Vinay Kumar, a scientist and head (Retd.), RB & HSD, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, was the second recipient of the award. He expressed gratitude to GNDU for the esteemed award and discussed how with government backing research might aid in cancer mitigation. He also underlined the significance and necessity of clean energy, pollution sensors, gene sequencing, and researcher access to international journals.

Vikram Chaudhri, the third recipient of the award, is a senior advocate and highly distinguished lawyer in the Supreme and High Courts. He is also a lyricist and expressed his desire to have been invited sooner and added that returning to GNDU felt like coming home. The other distinguished alumni who were felicitated by the association were Dr Suman Sharma, Dr Navpreet Kaur, Sandep Mehra, Anil Khanna, Jasneet Singh, Dr Premjot Singh Girgla, Dr Harpreet Singh Grewal, Davinder Pal Singh, Dr Raman Chatrath, Sandeep Bajwa, Daljit Singh and Parminder Sandhu.

Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu said that the alumni of the university have risen to great heights in diverse fields. He provided details about the achievements of the university in academics, student enrolment, research, patents, sports, and honest financial policies of the university during recent years, which has put the university in good health. MLA North Kunwar Vijay Pratap, vice-president of the association, spoke to the alumni and related his own story of having to apply to GNDU in order to pursue a PhD.

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