Digital Desk, Chandigarh. The Center for Women’s Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala felicitated 98 year old Inderjit Kaur Sandhu, former Vice Chancellor of the University, during the 13th International Conference on Women in Leadership: Issues and Challenges. Sandhu was not only the first woman vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, but also the first of any university in North India. In 1975, when Sandhu was appointed to the top post, she was one of only three female heads of universities in the world. She also became the first woman chairperson of the Staff Selection Commission, New Delhi, a central government recruitment agency, in 1980. Born in 1923 in undivided Punjab, she studied in Patiala and Lahore. Soon after completing his Master in Philosophy, he started teaching, as well as did his MA in Punjabi. She remained in the profession till her retirement.
After joining a job just before the split in 1946, he faced many challenges. But she did not hold back and mobilized all possible resources to help those who were forced to immigrate to India. Especially she was involved in Punjab and Kashmir. She founded a school and was active in several administrative positions in educational institutions in Punjab. The current Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Arvind, his wife Prof. Kavita and the Director of the Center for Women’s Studies, Prof. Ritu Lehal and their team personally visited Sandhu at his home in Chandigarh to felicitate him. Arvind took the initiative to make the meeting memorable by recording Sandhu’s conversation with the Punjabi University team. His recorded message was played during the inaugural session of the conference. Her son Rupinder Singh, (a former senior associate editor of The Tribune) presented the Vice Chancellor the first copy of the second edition to Festschrift on his mother, titled Inderjit Kaur Sandhu: An Inspiring Story.
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