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Social worker from Punjab University gets UN honour
Jan 17, 2013

CHANDIGARH: The story of his journey from a small village in Punjab toBuckingham Palace has been mentioned in the United Nations Volunteers' Book. Gaurav Gaur, assistant professor at Panjab University has been chosen from Chandigarh for the book, "Volunteering in India: Contexts, Perspectives and Discourses" by the UN.

The 29-year-old faculty member at the department of social work, PU has been associated with the cause of HIV/AIDS awareness for a decade. His work includes running a mobile condom vending machine, distributing thousands of condoms propagating safe sex and facilitating growth of volunteers contributing in various fields. "Social work should be part of the individual's existence, not just a specific task to be completed. It has to come naturally to each of us," he said.

While Gaurav has been very active in the anti-HIV campaign, his contribution is multi-dimensional. He has been involved in causes like water conversation as well. Gaur held exhibitions in Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab on the theme, "uses, misuses and abuse of water'.

"In 2008, when I visited Buckingham palace and two other international conferences in Japan and Mauritius, I felt proud to represent my country among several other volunteers," he recalled. Gaur was appointed the commonwealth youth ambassador for positive living on the HIV AIDS Asia region in 2006.

M C Sidhu, an assistant professor in the department of Botany, Panjab University, received the Young Scientist Award-2012 in Botany. The award was conferred upon him during an international conference titled "Biotechnology; A Rendezvous with Basic Sciences for Global Prosperity (BTBS-2012) organized by the Society for Plant Research on December 26 and 27, 2012 at the National Agriculture Science Centre, Complex New Delhi.

Ref: Times of India

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