Profile of Panjab University

  • Ranked number one University of India and in the bracket 276-300 internationally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2014-2015 powered by Thomson Reuters.
  • Ranked 1st in India and 38th in Asia, Times Higher Education Asian University rankings 2015.
  • Ranked 39th by the Times Higher Education among BRICS & Emerging Economy nations in the THE BRICS Rankings 2015.

One of the oldest Universities in India, the Panjab University has a long tradition of pursuing excellence in teaching and research in science and technology, humanities, social sciences, performing arts and sports. The University supports excellence and innovation in academic programmes, promotes excellence in research, scholarship and teaching. The University is committed to attract and support the best students and faculty, who excel at teaching and research. For more than a century, it has served various societal needs with distinction. The glorious traditions of the University established during the period of more than 132 years of its long service to the nation since its inception in 1882 at Lahore (now in Pakistan) are a source of inspiration for the present generation of faculty members and students. By virtue of its age, experience, achievements and philosophy, the Panjab University is a University of national character and international stature and draws both faculty and students from all over the country and different parts of the globe. Its faculty includes some of the most distinguished scientists and academicians. It continues to attract celebrated scholars who interact with the faculty and students. Over the years, the reputation of the Panjab University has grown into one of innovative teaching, research and community outreach.

After the Partition in 1947, the University was constrained to function for almost a decade without a campus of its own. The administrative office was located at Solan and the teaching departments functioned from Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Delhi and Amritsar. In 1956, it was relocated at Chandigarh. Pierre Jeanerette designed the red sandstone University campus under the general guidance of the legendary Le Corbusier. Till the re-organisation of Punjab in 1966, the University had its regional centres at Rohtak, Shimla and Jalandhar and its affiliated colleges were located in the States of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

With the re-organization of Punjab, the University became an Inter-State Body Corporate catering to the newly organized States of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Gradually, the colleges of Himachal and Haryana were affiliated to the Universities in the respective states and the Panjab University was left with the affiliated colleges in the Union Territory of Chandigarh and some parts of Punjab.

The annual budgeted expenditure and income of the University for the Financial Year 2013-14 amounted to Rs. 456.94 crores and Rs 276.87 crores, respectively.

The Panjab University, with its 78 teaching and research departments besides 4 chairs for the research on the main campus at Chandigarh, has 188 affiliated/constituent colleges spread over Punjab and Chandigarh besides Regional Centres at Muktsar, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Kauni. In addition, there is the Vishveshawaranand Vishva Bandhu Institute of Sanskrit and Indological Studies (VVBIS&IS) at Hoshiarpur.

The Panjab University is located in Sector 14 and Sector 25 of Chandigarh in an area of almost 550 acres.

The layout of two parts of the University has been conceived to meet the academic, administrative, sports / recreational, residential and other requirements of a growing University. To make it self-contained, infrastructural facilities like its own Shopping Centre, Health Centre, Bank, Post office, Swimming Pool, Gymnasium, Sports Grounds, Botanical Gardens, well maintained parks, Open Air Theatre, Guest Houses, Faculty House, Seminar Complexes, Alumni House, Community Centre and School have been provided. Besides these facilities, the University Campus has 8 hostels for boys, 9 hostels for girls, a Working Women Hostel and two sports hostels.

The University Campus has fairly well-marked zones like teaching, administrative, sports/recreational and residential. A cluster of prominent buildings like the Gandhi Bhawan, the Fine Arts Museum, the University Library and the Student Centre form the hub of social interaction. The three-winged structure of the Gandhi Bhawan is the most artistic building, known as the pride of the University. The Fine Arts Museum, with its series of small galleries arranged around a courtyard, each gallery having a hyperbolic paraboloid roof (umbrella shaped), is not only an architectural but a structural marvel as well. The University Library, another key building, of the Sector 14 Campus is an RCC framed structure with red sandstone veneers. The Student Centre with its circular base and a ramp pulsating around its cylindrical body is another land mark building.

The seventy-eight Departments and four Chairs on the campus and the four Regional Centres are grouped under the Faculties of Arts, Science, Languages, Law, Education and Fine Arts, Business Management and Commerce, Engineering and Technology, Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dairying, Animal Husbandry and Agriculture. Most of the departments have their own specialized libraries, and the working period runs for at least 180 days in a year.

Dynamic in its approach to make this institution of higher learning a globally competitive leader, the University has achieved many national and global recognitions.

  • Postgraduate, Graduate and Diploma courses at the Panjab University Campus
    1M.Phil Ancient Indian History Culture & Archaeology (AIHCA), Botany, Defence & National Security Studies, Economics, English, Gandhian and Peace Studies, History, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Police Administration (Centre for Emerging Areas in Social Sciences), Political Science, Public Administration, Punjabi, Guru Granth Sahib Studies, Sanskrit, Statistics, Sociology and Zoology, Punjabi (PURC, Muktsar) and Sanskrit VVBIS&IS (Hoshiarpur).
    2M.Sc. (Two Years Course) Human Genomics, Environment Science, Statistics, System Biology & Bioinformatics, Medical Physics, Nuclear Medicine, Public Health, Stem-Cell & Tissue Engineering, Microbial Biotechnology and Industrial Chemistry.
    3M.A. Ancient Indian History Culture & Archaeology, Defence and National Security Studies, Economics, Education, French, Geography, Hindi, History, Punjabi, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Urdu, English & Cultural Studies, Gandhian and Peace Studies, History of Art, Indian Theatre, Music (Instrumental and Vocal), Sanskrit, Journalism and Mass Communication, Police Administration, Social Work, Human Rights & Duties, Remote Sensing & GIS, Disaster Management & Women Studies.
    4M.Ed. M.Ed. (General), M.Ed. (Guidance and Counseling) and M.Ed. (Educational Technology), M.Ed Special Education (Learning Disability)
    5M.Com. M.Com. (Hons.)
    6M.Tech/ME: Material Sciences and Technology, Instrumentation, Microelectronics, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Polymer, Chemical Engg., Electronic and Communication Engg., Information Technology, and Computer Science Engg., M.E. Mechanical Engineering, M.E. Electrical Engineering (Power System), M.E. Chemical with specialization in Environmental Engineering and M.E. Food Technology
    7M.Sc.(Hons. School) Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science and Applications, Geology, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computing, Microbiology, Physics, Physics & Electronics, Zoology and 5 yr Integrated Course in Fashion & Life Style
    8B.Sc. (Hons. School) Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computing, Microbiology, Physics, Physics & Electronics, Zoology and 5 yr Integrated Course in Fashion & Life Style.
    9B.E. Chemical Engineering, Food Technology, Biotechnology, Electronics & Communication Engg., Information Technology, Computer Science & Engg., Mechanical Engg., Electrical & Electronics Engg.,
    10Five years Integrated BE with MBA Chemical Engineering
    11Other Professional undergraduate and postgraduate courses BDS, LL.B., LL.M., B.Ed (4 yr. Integrated), M.Ed., M.Ed. Guidance and Counselling, M.Ed. Educational Technology, M.Ed Special Education (Learning Disability), B.Pharma, M.Pharma, M.Lib. & Information Science, M.A. Physical Education, M.B.A. (HR), M.B.A (IB), M.B.A. (Bio-technology), M.B.A. (Retail Management), M.B.A. (Telecommunication and IT), M.B.A. (Infrastructural Management), M.B.A.(Pharm. Mgt.), M.B.A. (Hospital Administration), M.B.A.( Banking & Insurance Mgt.) B.E. (Chemical) with MBA -5 yr Integrated Course, M.E., Master in Public Health, M.Pharma. in Drug Discovery & Drug Development, M.Pharma. in Pharmaceutical Analysis & Quality Assurance, M.Sc. Forensic Science, M.Sc. Fashion Technology, B.Sc Hotel Management, B.Sc Tourism Management, M.C.A. and M.A. Communication Studies
    12Post M.A. DiplomaProfessional counseling and Psychotherapy, Psychological testing.
    13Postgraduate Diploma Courses Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems, Disaster Management & Security, Advertising & Public Relations, Executive Course in Disaster Management & Security, Buddhist studies and Homeland Security
    14Advanced Diploma Courses Chinese, French, German, Proficiency in Interpretership for Tibetan, Persian, Russian and Urdu.
    15Diploma Courses Chinese, French, Forensic Science and Criminology, German, Punjabi Language and Culture, Persian, Russian, Tibetan, Urdu, Diploma in translation English to Punjabi, Punjabi Language and culture and Pre-school Education.
    16Certificate Courses Chinese, French, Functional Punjabi, German, Persian, Russian, Tibetan and Urdu
    17Department of Evening Studies BA, B.Com. and MA in English, Economics, History, Political Science and Punjabi
  • Postgraduate & Graduate courses at Panjab University Regional Centres
    1. P.U.Regional Centre, Ludhiana:
      1 Postgraduate Courses MBA
      2 Undergraduate Courses B.A. LLB (Hons.); 5 years Integrated Courses (Self- financing) LLB (Self-financing)
    2. P.U. Swami Sarvanand Giri Regional Centre, Hoshiarpur:
      1 Postgraduate Courses MCA
      2 Undergraduate Courses BE in Electronics & Communication Engg., Information Technology, Computer Science & Engg., Mechanical Engg., BA LLB (Hons.)( 5 years Integrated Course) and LLB.
    3. P.U.Regional Centre, Muktsar:
      1 Postgraduate Courses MCA, MA in Economics, English, Punjabi & Political Science
      2 Undergraduate courses LLB
      3 M. Phil Punjabi
    4. i. P.U. Rural Centre Kauni, District Muktsar:
      1 Undergraduate Courses BA, BBA & B.Com.
      2 Diploma Course PGDCA
    5. Postgraduate & Undergraduate courses at VVBIS&IS, Hoshiarpur:
      1 Postgraduate Courses Sanskrit
      2 Undergraduate Courses Shastri & Prak-Shastri
      3 M.Phil Sanskrit
  • Postgraduate and Undergraduate courses at Constituent Colleges:
    1. PU Constituent College, Sikhwala (Sri Muktsar Sahib):
      1. Undergraduate Courses BA, B.Com. and BCA
      2. Diploma Course PGDCA
    2. PU Constituent College, Guru Har Sahai (Ferozepur):
      1. Undergraduate Courses BA, B.Com. and BCA
      2. Diploma Course PGDCA
    3. PU Constituent College, Nihal Singh Wala (Moga):
      1. Undergraduate Courses BA, B.Com. and BCA
      2. Diploma Course PGDCA
    4. Baba Balraj PU Constituent College, Balachaur (SBS Nagar):
      1. Undergraduate Courses BA, B.Com. and BCA
      2. Diploma Course PGDCA
    The present study programmes consist of the following courses:
    1. Bachelor of Arts (Three Year Integrated Course), Bachelor of Commerce (Three Year Course) and Bachelor of Library & Information Science (One Year Course).
    2. Master of Arts (Four Semester Course) in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Economics, History, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology.
    3. Master of Commerce (Four Semester Course), Master of Finance & Control (MFC) (Two Year Course). Master of Education (M.Ed.) (For in-service teachers) (Two year Course).
    4. One year Diploma/Certificate Courses:
      1. Post Graduate Diploma in Health, Family Welfare and Population Education, Statistics, Mass Communication, Computer Applications, Human Rights and Duties, Library Automation and Networking
      2. Advanced Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga
      3. Diploma in Creative Photography
      4. Certificate Courses in Vivekananda Studies, Women Studies
    5. Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) (For in-service teachers) (Two year Course).
    6. MBA (Executive) (Four Semester Course).
      To maintain its cutting-edge status, the University launched in 2008, off-campus Management Programmes.

Centers of Excellence
Acknowledging excellence in teaching and research, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have recognized a large number of Departments under various Programmes such as the Special Assistance Programme/Departmental Research Support (SAP/DRS), Centre for Advanced Study (CAS), Funds for Improvement of Science and Technology (FIST) and the Department of Special Assistance (DSA). The Departments covered under various UGC and DST Programmes are:

Special Assistance Programme/ Centre for Advanced Study (SAP/CAS) Departments of Anthropology, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, and the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Science (UIPS)
Special Assistance Programme/ Departmental Research Support (SAP/DRS) Departments of Biochemistry, Botany, Biotechnology, Economics, English and Cultural Studies, and the University Business School (UBS), SSB University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (SSBUICET) and the University Institute of Engineering & Technology (UIET)
Department of Special Assistance (DSA) Department of Statistics, Biophysics
Funds for Improvement of Science & Technology (FIST) Departments of Anthropology, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Chemistry and Physics and UIPS and Zoology

University with Potential for Excellence
The University has been recognized by the UGC as the "University with Potential for Excellence in Biomedical Sciences" with facilities for Stem Cell Research and Drug Development. During the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012), it was awarded the following two Centres of Excellence by the UGC under the Scheme of Centre with Potential for Excellence in a Particular Area (CPEPA):

  1. Centre of Excellence in "Application of Nano Materials, Nano Particles and Nano Composites", with a grant of Rs. 3.55 crore and
  2. Centre of Excellence in "Cultural Fixation on Honor: A Gender Audit of Punjab and Haryana", with a grant of Rs. 1.85 crore.

The University is embarking on the larger goals of nation building through knowledge creation and research. Research base of the university has been strengthening our teaching process.

  1. Research Collaboration: The University is participating in various prestigious International High Energy Research Programmes at Fermilab (USA), KEK (Japan) and CERN (Switzerland). At present the University is involved in a big way in CMS and ALICE Experiments at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) Switzerland and Neutrino Programme at Fermilab, USA. The CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) project at Large Hadron Collider is for the discovery of Higgs boson and other new particles. Higgs boson which was announced on July 4, 2012 at CERN and, in 2013, Nobel Prize has been awarded to Briton Peter Higgs and Belgian Francois Englert for the .theoretical discovery. of the sub-atomic particle. Under these International Research programs, the University had earlier been involved in the Top Quark Discovery (1995) and CP-violation discovery (2001). The other prominent Universities & Research Institutions with which various Departments / Institutions have research collaborations are like
    1. International Collaboration: The University has Collaboration with National Science Technology and Development Agency, Thailand; University of Missouri, USA and Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal; International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad; International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Morocco for a joint collaborative project funded by Consultative group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) consortium, funded by organisations such as UNDP and FAO, USA, UK, Germany; International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Morocco; World Vegetable Research Centre, Taiwan through its South Asia Centre at Hyderabad and Baylor Medical centre, Dallas, U.S.A.
    2. National: The University has various prestigious collaborations with number of national institutes like Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi; GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar; Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla; IIT, Roorkee; PGIMER, Chandigarh; Nuclear Science, Delhi; IMTECH; CSIO, Chandigarh; Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) New Delhi; Jamia Hamdard University, Delhi; Atomic Energy Regulatory Board of India, Mumbai; Central University, Hyderabad; Agriculture University, Palampur; Inter University Consortium (Kolkata & Bhubaneswar).
  2. Prominent Research Fundings: The University over a period is getting liberal grants for pursuing research from various national & international agencies. Recently, the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India has selected the Panjab University as one among the 14 top Universities in India for further funding under the Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (DST-PURSE) programme. Under this prestigious scheme, Panjab University will receive Rs. 34.8 crore for the development of research infrastructure, which could be utilized in the period from 2014 to 2018 out of which Rs. 6 crore has already been received during 2014. To participate in the CMS project, the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Atomic Energy have provided Rs. 19 Crores for the 12th Five-Year Plan.

The Computer Centre of the University has established Gigabit technology to provide high speed connectivity to various Departments through the National Knowledge Network (NKN) and the National Mission of Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) network. Almost all the Departments are connected through optical fibre. All hostels and the Academic Area of Sector 14 have been made Wi-Fi and the students can access free internet.

The University has made significant progress in office automation. The University Library is connected through the Inflibnet network with all Departments on the campus that avail the facility of online journals provided through the UGC Inflibnet.

The University has its own website to host date-sheets, results, examination forms and online entrance and admission forms for the convenience of students/public.

Regional Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre, Energy Research Centre, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Centre for IAS & Other Competitive Examinations, Centre for Industry Institute Partnership Programme, Centre for Medical Physics, Centre for Study of Mid-West & Central Asia, Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Centre for Swami Vivekananda Studies are the other facilitating centres providing services at the University.

The University has its own community radio station, Radio Jyotirgamaya 91.2, which is acting as a unifying agent amongst the university faculty, students and also the community. The radio programmes can be heard over a range of 10 kilometers.

There are seventeen hostels, eight for boys and nine for girls, to accommodate nearly 6700 students. There also exists one working women's hostel with a capacity to accommodate seventy persons.

Bhai Ghanaiya Ji Institute of Health caters to the medical needs of about 40,000 employees and their dependents, students of all the departments, all boys and girls residing in hostels, daily wagers, contractual employees, mess and canteen workers, University conferences, seminars, Syndicate/Senate meetings, sports events and many other health related activities including medical examination of students and employees. A round-the-clock emergency service alongwith 24x7 ambulance is available. The Institute has a fully equipped modern clinical laboratory, latest computerized ECG machine, a fully computerized digital 500mA mammographic compatible CR unit and an X-Ray machine.

The University has playgrounds for all major sports, a gymnasium hall and a swimming pool of high standard for its sports activities. A 25 m shooting range has been completed this year. In 2015, two new sports infrastructures i.e. a blue field hockey Astroturf and an all-weather swimming pool will come up at the University campus. The University has been awarded the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) trophy fourteen times for excellence in games and sports at the All India Inter-University level.  


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