Punjabi University

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Punjabi University, Patiala, is one of the premier institutions of higher education in Punjab, India.The Punjabi University, located in the erstwhile princely city of Patiala, in the south-east of Punjab, was established on April the 30th 1962. After the Hebrew University of Israel, this is the only University to be named after a language. Although, initially, the main task before the University was to develop and promote the language of the Punjabi people, it has since evolved into a multi-faceted multi-faculty educational institution with over sixty-five teaching and research departments.


The university campus is situated on 316 acres, on the Patiala Chandigarh road, 7 km from the city center. The University also has three regional centres, namely The Guru Kashi Regional Centre at Bathinda, The Guru Kashi Campus at Talwandi Sabo and The Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan Institute of Advanced Studies in Urdu, Persian and Arabic at Malerkotla. The institution has over fifty five teaching and research departments, covering disciplines in Humanities and Sciences, as diverse as Fine Arts, Computer Science and Space Physics. The Department of Computer Science, in particular, has evolved into a centre of excellence, with graduates all over the globe.

About University

The University also manages Dr. Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra at Dehradun . There is a rich library with rare books and manuscripts bequeathed by Bhai Vir Singh, Dr. Balbir Singh and Prof. Puran Singh, the doyens of Punjabi literature. Research on comparative religions is carried out at this Centre and the Punjabi University has provided all necessary facilities for scholars. The University Campus at Patiala makes available international standard facilities for students and researchers.

Central Library

Punjabi University Library is a hub of academic and research activities. It is housed in a spacious modern building and stocks more than 4,15,000 books and subscribes to several hundred journals. Latest books are added regularly every year. Library is kept open for 360 days of the year from 8.15 a.m. to 8.15 p.m. The library has a majestic reading hall, which has a capacity for 400 readers where they can sit and consult reference books and other relevant literature. A separate air-conditioned hall for using the personal books and a Reading Room has been provided at the ground floor. One night Reading Room remains open from 8.00 p.m. to 12.00 p.m. To further modernize University Library services, it is being computerized.

Punjabi Reference Library, which is an integral part of the library, is housed in a new building interlinked with the main building for the convenience of the staff and the users. This part of the library has 41,548 books on Punjabi Language, Literature, Punjab History and Culture.

The University Library is also maintaining libraries in some of the Departments at the Campus, Extension Library at S.A.S. Nagar Phase 7, Mohali, and a Library at Regional Centre Bathinda. Besides, Dr. Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra, Dehradun has a rich Library containing rare books and manuscripts.

The Computer Centre has established a local area network and all university Departments enjoy the facilities of Internet and e-mail through this network. The Centre as well as the teaching Departments are equipped with the latest computers and software. The University Computer Centre and Department of Computer Science & Engineering alone have over 150 PCs and Servers. Peripherals such as printers, plotters, scanners, multimedia equipment etc. are available in large numbers. Many Departments of the University, viz. Physics, Psychology, Mathematics, Punjab School of Management Studies, Economics, Journalism, have their own large computer laboratories. Nodal lab in the Department of Chemistry which caters to the needs of half a dozen Departments and Central Library which has a very effective computer section are connected under Local Area Network (LAN). Computer Centre is providing Internet and e-mail services through this LAN. Internet and e-mail services are being provided via 7 Mbps connectivity from M/s HFCL Infotel Ltd.(Connect). These facilities are being provided to more than 40 Departments/offices of the University having 300 computers connected under LAN. Around 800 e-mail accounts have been allotted to faculty and staff members. The University has its own website- www.universitypunjabi.org., which is being maintained by the Centre. The website provides rich information about the University which is not only beneficial for the University community but also for the outside world. The University Computer Centre has recently established another laboratory for Internet access. Established with the assistance from UGC, the lab was inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor, Shri S.S. Boparai, Kirti Chakra, Padam Shri, on January 16, 2003. The laboratory caters to the needs of students, staff and wards of the staff of the University. As suggested by the UGC, the lab is being run on payment basis, although the payment is not much (Rs. 10/- for per hour's usage). The University is going in a big way to modernize the infrastructure of the Computer Centre.

Students are encouraged to take active part in sports. Well maintained sports grounds and facilities for games such as hockey, football, cricket, basketball, volleyball, athletics etc. and well as various indoor games are provided. The Punjabi University also has a large gymnasium and a hall for indoor games. It is one of the very few institutions in India to prossess its own velodrome. The Youth Welfare Department of the University organizes youth activities all round the year. The Punjabi University has won unique distinctions in Youth Festivals organized by the Association of Indian Universities in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Govt. of India; Directorate of Youth Services, Panjab; Directorate of Higher Education, Panjab and Panjabi Academy of Delhi State.

The University has won overall second position in National Inter-University Youth Festival, won overall championship in North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival many times, has won overall championship in Panjab State Inter-University Youth Festival repeatedly and also has won overall championship many times in All India Inter-University Punjabi Cultural Festival. Students of Punjabi University have had the privilege of representing India in the Festivals of India held in the former USSR, Mauritius, Spain, China, Germany and U.A.E. (Dubai). Apart from the above mentioned activities, the Department of Youth Welfare organizes Hiking Trekking, Mountaineering and Rock Climbing courses, holds Youth Leadership Training Camps, prepares the students for participation in All India Level Youth Festivals, organizes Rotract Club, Young Cultural Club, Lee Club and Youth Club. It organises Yoga Training Camps for the benefit of students of the university teaching Departments and colleges affiliated to the University. The Department publishes the Yuvak Sabha Magazine and also holds literary and cultural competitions. The National Service Scheme being implemented by the NSS Department helps students to participate in different programmes of social service and national development. A well equipped Health Centre with qualified physicians and paramedical staff is at the service of the students round the clock. The Centre has an x-ray unit and also a laboratory for medical tests. The Centre has an AIDS awareness wing. Students of various teaching departments at the campus are entitled to free medical aid by the University Health Centre. The Health Centre is equipped with basic necessary and modern equipment. The transport Department of the University runs a fleet of buses for linking the campus to various parts of Patiala city. There are three residential Hostels for boys and four residential Hostels for girls. The Hostels have all modern amenities for comfortable living for 2000 students. Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan

To keep pace with global thought processes and for updating of contemporary consciousness, every year the University has undertaken series of Lectures, Seminars and Conferences. To make the University a vibrant global centre for Punjabi language, literature and culture, a new faculty of Arts and Culture has been created. Originality and authencity in the pursuit of Sikh Studies is another area which is also receiving more attention and energy. Dr. Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra Dehradun is being developed as an Advanced Centre for Sikh Studies. Punjabi University has established the first ever overseas centre for teaching of Punjabi as a foreign language at Espanola, New Mexico. The Web-site at the University Campus is projecting our research into the world horizon. Path breaking strides are being encouraged for realizing breakthroughs in Computer Science, Space Science, Bio-technology and Pharmacy where innovative research is under way.

All the departments are involved to promote research culture and spirit. Most of the departments have been able to mobilize additional research funding from UGC, DST, CSIR, Planning Commission, Government Departments and other official funding agencies. Some science departments have been able to develop research tie-ups with industry and have undertaken several consultancy assignments. Several faculty members have won national and international awards in recognition to their research work.

The University has developed a particular expertise in Sikh Studies and Punjabi Historical Studies. Concerted efforts are being done in developing a translation programme in Punjabi and English. In order to develop an association with the outstanding scholars in Punjabi language, literature and culture, the University offers Life Fellowships, Senior Fellowships and Fellowships to the eminent scholars in these fields.

In order to ensure academic freedom, the University departments organize seminars, symposia, conferences and works-shops every year. The teachers are encouraged to participate in the National/International seminars through liberal funding. Many teachers are invited to deliver plenery lectures and preside over the sessions in various seminars and conferences every year.

The University has established its own publication bureau which is actively engaged in publishing research work of the academic community. More than 2000 titles have already been published.

A very large number of students of this University hold key positions in various departments of Government of India and State Government, Premier Institutes such as IIT’s, BARC, CSIR research laboratories, Universities in India and abroad and research laboratories in developed countries like USA, Canada, U. K. etc.

The teachers of the University have guided thousands of Ph.D. scholars and have published enumerable research papers in National and International journals of repute. The departments of Physics, Botany, Economics and Punjabi have been bought under the UGC’s SAP/COSIST/DRS programmes. The Punjabi University takes pride in the achievement of Five Star status awarded by the NAAC, an autonomous body of the UGC after a thorough evaluation of various research projects undertaken and in the pipeline. The NAAC team had also an exhaustive interface with the faculty of various teaching Departments.

Affilated Institutes

Chitkara College of Education for Women, Village Fatehpur Garhi, Teh. Rajpura, Distt Patiala.

Divya Shikhsha Gurukul College of Education, Village Ghollu Majra, Derabassi-Lalru Highway, Distt.

Government Bikram College of Commerce, Patiala

Government College for Girls, Patiala

Government College of Physical Education, Patiala

Government Mohindra College, Patiala

Govt. College, Dera Bassi

Govt. Kirti College, Nial Patran

Govt. Ripudaman College, Nabha

Gurmat College, Patiala

Jasdev Singh Sandhu College of Education, Rajpura Road, Kauli, Patiala

Khalsa College, Patiala

Lal Bahadur Memorial Mahila College, Nabha

Mata Sahib Kaur Khalsa Girls College of Education, Dhamo Majra, Patiala

Multani Mal Modi College, Patiala

N.I.S., Patiala

Nancy College of Education, Samana (2006-07)

National College of Physical Education, Village Chupki, Patiala

Patel Memorial National College, Rajpura

Public College, Samana

Punjab College of Education, Raipur, Bahadurgarh, Distt. Patiala

Punjab College of Law, Raipur, Near Bahadurgarh, Distt. Patiala

Punjab Institute of Oriental & Indian Languages, Patiala

Regional College of Education, Kauli, Distt. Patiala

S. Amarjit Singh Memorial Institute of Law, Dhainthal (Samana), District Patiala

Sardar Rajinder Singh Memorial Mukat College of Eduacation for Women, Rajpura (2006-07)

Sri Guru Harkrishan College of Management and Technology, S.S.T. Nagar, Patiala

State College of Education, Patiala

Vivekanand College of Education, Village Ram Nagar, Near Banur, Tehsil Rajpura, Distt. Patiala

Bibi Bhani Panchayati Girls College, Khan-Manpur (Fatehgarh Sahib) (2006-07)

Cordia College, Sangol, Fatehgarh Sahib

Desh Bhagat College of Education, Mandi Gobindgarh

Desh Bhagat Institute of Management & Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh

Dolhpin (PG) College of Life Sciences, Chuni, Fatehgarh Sahib (2006-07)

Jawahar Lal Nehru Government College for Women, Tooran, Mandi Gobindgarh

Lincoln College of Education, Sirhind, Distt. Fatehgarh Sahib

Lincoln College of Law, Sirhind

Maghi Memorial College for Women, Amloh

Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib

Punjab College of Education, Sarkapra, Fatehgarh Sahib

RIMT College of Education,

Smt. Jawala Devi College of Education, Sanghol, Distt. Fatehgarh Sahib (2006-07)

Sri Guru Hargobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Hansali Khera

Akal College of Education for Women, Village Fatehgarh Chhanna, Distt. Sangrur

Akal College of Education, Mastuana Sahib, Sangrur

Akal College of Physical Education, Mastuana, Sangrur (2006-07)

Akal Degree College for Women, Sangrur

Akal Degree College, Mastuana

Bhai Gurdas College of Law, Sangrur

Brakkat Girls College of Education, Tallewal, Sangrur

Colonel College of Education, Chural Kalan, Distt. Sangrur

Desh Bhagat College of Education, Bardwal (Dhuri)

Desh Bhagat College, Bardwal (Dhuri)

Govt. College Gurne Khurd (Sangrur) (2006-07)

Govt. College of Education, Malerkotla (2006-07)

Govt. College, Malerkotla

Govt. College, Munak, Sangrur

Govt. Ranbir College, Sangrur

Guru Gobind Singh College of Education, Barnala, Sangrur (2006-07)

Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera

Guru Teg Bahadur College of Education, Village Lehal Khurd, Lehragagga, Sangrur

Guru Tegh Bahadur College, Bhawanigarh

Jasmer Singh Jeji Degree College, Gurne Kalan, Munak, Sangrur

Kabli Mal Ramji Dass Jain College for Women, Malerkotla

L.B.S. Arya Mahila College, Barnala

M and M College of Education, Village Nagri, Distt. Sangrur (2006-07)

Modern College of Education, Birkalan, Distt. Sangrur

Modern College of Education, Malerkotla (2006-07)

S.D. College, Barnala

S.D.College of Education, Barnala

S.U.S. Govt. College, Sunam

Sacred Heart International College of Education, Barnala

Sant Baba Attar Singh Khalsa College, Sandour

Shaheed Udham College of Education, VPO Mehlan Chowk, Teh. Sunam, Sangrur

Shanti Tara College, Akbarpur (Mandi Ahmedgarh)

Shivam College of Education, Khokarkalan, Lehragagga, Sangrur

Shri Guru Harkrishan Girls College, Phalewal, Ludhiana, Sangrur-Road.

Shri Guru Teg Bahadur College of Education, Village-Sehke, Malerkotla, (Sangrur) (2006-07)

Swami Vivekanand College of Education, Moonak, Tohana Road Moonak, Distt. Sangrur

Aklia College of Education, Village Akliakalan, P.O. Goniana Mandi, Distt Bathinda

Baba Farid College of Education, V&P.O. Deon, Muktsar Road, Bathinda

Baba Farid College, Deon, Bathinda

Baba Shri Chand JI Govt. College, Sardargarh (BTI)

Bhai Assa Singh Girls College, Goniana Mandi

D.A.V. College, Bathinda

G.G.S. College of Education, Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda

Govt. Rajindra College, Bathinda

Guru Kashi College, Damdama Sahib

Guru Kashi Gurmat Institute, Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda (2006-07)

Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa Girls College, Bathinda

Maharaja Aggarsain College of Education, Jai Singh Wala, Bathinda (2006-07)

Maisar Khana College of Education, Maisar Khana, Bathinda (for girls) (2006-07)

Malwa College of Physical Education, Goniana Road, Bathinda

Malwa College, Bathinda

Mastermind College of Education, Bathinda

Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, Damdama Sahib

SSD Girls College of Education, Bhokra (Bathinda) (2006-07)

SSD Girls College, Bathinda

SSD Women's Institute of Technology, Bathinda

Swami Dayanand College of Education, Lehra Bega, Bathinda

University College, Rampura Phul

Guru Nanak College, Budhladha

Milkha Singh Educational Institute, Bareta, Mansa

National College, Bhikhi

Nehru Memorial Govt. College, Mansa

S.D. Kanya Mahavidyala, Mansa

S.S. College of Education for Girls, Bhikhi, Mansa

Amar Shahid Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College, Bela (Ropar)

Ambika College of Education, Opp. Village Badali, Badala road, Kharar (Ropar) (2006-07)

Army Institute of Law, Sector-68, Mohali.

Baba Zoravar Singh Fateh Singh Khalsa Girls College, Morinda

Chandigarh College of Education for Women, Ladran, Mohali Distt. Ropar

Doaba College of Education, Ghatour, Distt. Mohali

Global College of Law, Kahnpur Khui, Near Anandpur Sahib, Distt. Ropar

Government College, Mohali

Government College, Ropar

Government Shivalik College, Naya Nangal

Guru Nanak Dev College of Education, Majatri, Kharar, Distt. Ropar

Indo Global College of Education, Abhipur, Distt. Ropar

International Divine College of Education, Ratwara Sahib Complex, P.O. Mullanpur Garibdass, Tehsil Kharar, Distt. SAS Nagar (Mohali)

Maharaj Braham Sagar Brahmanand Bhuriwale College, Tibba Nangal, Distt. Ropar

Mehar Chand College of Education, Bhanopli, Distt. Ropar

Rattan Professional Education College, V&PO Sohana, Mohali (2006-07)

Rayat and Bahra MMTI College of Education, Village Sahoran Teh : Kharar, Distt. Ropar

Rayat and Bahra MMTI College of Law, Village Sahoran

Sachdeva College of Education, Gharuan, Tehsil Kharar, Distt. Mohali pin code- 140413

Sant Baba Sewa Singh Memorial Khalsa College (Girls), Guru Ka Khuh, Mune, Nurpur Bedi, Ropar

Shahid Kashi Ram Memorial College, Bhagoo Majra (Kharar)

Shahid Bhagat Singh Khalsa College for Women, Padiala.

Shahid Kashi Ram College of Physical Education, Bhagoo Majra (Kharar)

Shivalik Hills College of Education, Patti, P.O. Manakpur, Anandpur Sahib

Shivalik Institute of Education & Research, Mohali

Shri. Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib

Baba Farid Law College, Faridkot

Govt. Barjindra College, Faridkot

Pandit Chetan Dev Govt. College of Education, Faridkot

SBRS College for Women, Sadik, Faridkot

Shahid Bhagat Singh Government College, Kotkapura

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