Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, October 15
The former vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, Joginder Singh Puar, died on Thursday. He was 87.
He had served as the university V-C from 1993 to 1999.
A Leftist ideologue and a promoter of Punjabi language, he began serving the Punjabi University in the Languages Department in 1972. He moved to Guru Nanak Dev University in 1986 as a professor. He returned to Punjabi University as V-C in 1993.
In an attempt to inculcate the habit of punctuality in students, he was often known to close down the gates of the university for the latecomers.
He penned books on Punjabi grammar. He also served as editor of Deshsewak newspaper.
Puar did his schooling from a government school at Ladhewali village in Jalandhar after which he moved to England for higher studies.
His last rites will be performed at his native place here at 2 pm on Thursday. He is survived by wife Ratnesh and daughter Maninder.