Punjab Assembly established Punjabi University, Patiala under the Punjab Act No. 35 of 1961. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the then President of India laid foundation of Punjabi University on June 24, 1962. He preached, "The institutes of higher education share the burden of nation-building in a critically important sense. Our aim is a strong, free and democratic India where every citizen has an equal place and full opportunity of growth. In this task, a vast responsibility rests on our universities." Established on April 30, 1962 in the erstwhile princely state of Patiala with the main objective of furthering the cause of Punjabi language, art and literature, Punjabi University has since evolved into the largest University in the state. This is the second University in the world to be named after a language, the first being Hebrew University of Israel. Its vision is to establish and incorporate a University for the advancement of Punjabi studies and development of Punjabi language as a medium of instruction or otherwise for providing instruction in humanistic and scientific subjects and generally for the promotion of education and research. The University started working from its present lush green, pollution free, 316 acres campus since 1965.
Initially University’s jurisdiction area was fixed as the 16 km radius having only 9 colleges. In 1969, it grew into an affiliating university, with 43 colleges affiliated to it. Now the university caters to the educational needs of nine Districts of Punjab. Over the time since its inception, the University has evolved into a multi-faceted and multi-faculty educational institution for the promotion of higher education and research in Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Engineering Languages, Technology and many more. Spread over 600 acres of land, its 1500+ teachers are imparting instruction and guidance to nearly 14,000+ students in a multi-faceted, multi-pronged and multi-faculty environment comprising 70+ Teaching and Research Departments/Chairs on its Campus, 27 Regional Centre/ Neighbourhood Campuses/Constituent Colleges and 274 Colleges affiliated to it.
The University was fortunate in having a galaxy of scholars and academic administrators as its Vice-Chancellors. These included
The vision and mission of Punjabi University, Patiala is to promote Punjabi language, literature, art and culture, and the development of Punjabi language as a medium of instruction and examination in various fields of study and generally for the promotion of higher education and research.
Punjabi University, Patiala clearly addresses the needs of the society and students it seeks to serve as mentioned in the mission statement. Besides generation and transmission of knowledge, Punjabi University Act among others requires the University to make provisions
Accordingly, the University has given a major emphasis on the promotion and development of Punjabi language, literature, art and culture. In order to fulfil this objective, besides the establishment of a teaching Department of Punjabi, the University has set up a number of research departments/centres & cells such as Department of Punjabi Development and under this Text book Cell and Translation Cell, Department of Punjabi Literary Studies, Department of Punjab Historical Studies, Department of Lexicography, Centre for Advanced Media Studies, etc.
For the promotion of art and culture, the teaching departments such as department of Theatre and Television, Department of Music, Department of Dance and Department of Fine Arts have been established in the University. Two TV films, one on the Painting Traditions of Punjab and the other on Excavation in Singhol have been undertaken for the promotion of art & culture of Punjab.
At UG level, Punjabi has been introduced as a compulsory subject for all the courses. At PG level in many courses students can also opt Punjabi as a medium of examination. Even M. Phil/Ph.D. thesis can be submitted in Punjabi language except in the case of languages other than Punjabi.
In order to promote Punjabi language, literature, art and culture, Punjabi University has launched a Punjabipedia Project and has started a new website punjabipedia.org.To know the meaning of English in Punjabi, the University has started Online English-Punjabi Dictionary.
The University has started online programme (Let’s Learn Punjabi) to learn Punjabi in Gurmukhi Script through Research Centre for Punjabi Language Technology. To make it easier to learn computer in Punjabi for those people who know Punjabi, the University has started an online programme “Punjabi Computer Help Centre”.
To promote Punjabi language, literature and culture, the University organises every year the following conferences:
The University has established Bhai Vir Singh Chair to promote Punjabi Literature. Annual lectures on prominent Punjabi writers such as Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha, Professor Harbhajan Singh and Prof Pritam Singh have been organized.
To promote the tradition of Gurmat Sangeet, the University has established exclusive department of Gurmat Sangeet. To preserve and promote the all inclusive treasure of Gurmat Sangeet, the University has started Gurmat Gyan online Teaching. For this Bhai Randhir Singh online Gurmat Sangeet Library has also been established by Gurmat Sangeet Chair.
Besides this, the University was the first in the region to establish a teaching department Shri Guru Gobind Singh Department of Religious Studies.This is housed in Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan. It offers Master level and M.Phil programmes in Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism and Sikhism.
The University has a modern well planned campus situated on Patiala-Chandigarh road at a short distance from the main city. Sprawling across 316 acres, the campus is away from the din and noise of the city. It presents a splendid sight of magnificent buildings which include the famous Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan. On December 27, 1967, Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then President of India laid the foundation stone of Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan, the iconic landmark building of Punjabi University.
The University has maintained research facilities for scholars at 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 there. This centre is being developed as an Advanced Centre for Sikh Studies
Punjabi University, Patiala, has kept up its spree of winning the highest "A" grade on a four-point scale amongst over 350 universities in the country. The status is awarded by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which is an autonomous institution of the University Grants Commission, for a period of five years. The rare status is given by the NAAC on the basis of overall performance of a University during a space of five years.
In the year 2016, 11 member NAAC team had visited the University from 20.01.2016 to 23.01.2016 and scanned the activities and achievements of its various departments to review the accomplishments at micro and macro levels.
In the year 2016, 11 member NAAC team had visited the University from 20.01.2016 to 23.01.2016 and scanned the activities and achievements of its various departments to review the accomplishments at micro and macro levels. Disclosing the "prestigious honour" bestowed upon the University, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Jaspal Singh said that NAAC team had made a special mention about the fact that the University has not deviated from its statutory and fundamental responsibility of promoting the cause of Punjabi language, art and culture. The carrying forward of the utilitarian and qualitative research and use of innovative techniques by various department were the other major factors which contributed towards its retaining the highest status, he said. The grading, he added, was important for any University in ways more than one as it helped it in getting enhanced grants from various funding agencies for the promotion of academic and research activities and establishing tie-ups with prestigious institutions and organizations of national and international standing.
The University has eleven departments which have been recognized for their research activities
The University has collaborations with some foreign institutions also. Some of the important collaborators are:
The University also has many Indian Institutions as the important collaborators.
Research Centre for Punjabi Language Technology, Punjabi University, Patiala has carried out number of collaborative research projects for the technical development of Punjabi Language with national institutes like IIT Delhi, IIT Mumbai, IIT Karagpur, IIT Gauhati, IIIT Hyderabad, IIIT Allahabad, ISI Kolkata, CDAC, Pune, CDAC, Noida, IISc, Bangalore, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad and MS University, Baroda.
Till to date 22 patents have been registered and accepted. 11 research journals are being published by the University. Around 94 awards have been bestowed upon the University faculty by duly recognizing their research. Large number of faculty members are on editorial boards of national and international journals.
Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha Library University Library is a hub of academic and research activities. It is housed in a spacious air conditioned building and kept open for 360 days of the year from 8:15 am to 8:15 pm. It has total of 480759 books, 52995 bound periodicals, subscribes to 356 current journals and 22 newspapers. 60 journals are being received on gratis. In addition to this CD's and Microfilms are also available. It has a majestic Reading Hall with a seating capacity of 400 readers. A separate air conditioned Night Reading Hall for using personal books has been provided at the ground floor. It remains open for 365 days from 8:15 am to 6:00 am (next day).
Library is being run on modern lines. It has On-line catalogue services. Internet Access Lab has been established for using electronic documents. Library has also photocopy, reference and Inter-Library Loan (ILL) facilities for readers. Bar-Coding of documents has been completed. RFID technology for security and issue/Return of books has been used. Wi-fi facility is available in the library.
Dr. Ganda Singh Punjabi Reference Library, which is an integral and precious part of the library is housed in a separate building which is interlinked with the main Library building. The library has 96785 books on Punjabi language, Literature, Punjab History, Punjabi Culture and Sikh religion. It subscribes to 128 current
The library has established departmental libraries in some of the teaching departments and regional centres at Bathinda, Talwandi Saboo, Dr. Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra Library, Dehradun and Punjabi University B.Ed. College, Bathinda. An Extension Library has also been established at S.A.S. Nagar, Phase -VII, Mohali (Punjab) to meet the requirements of the students and general public. In order to provide security and to avoid the theft of the books, CCTV cameras have been installed in all the four storeys of the library. There are 215 e-books available on Computer Science, Engineering & Business Studies and full text of these e-books is available at the University Campus. Dr. Ganda Singh Punjabi Reference Library, which is a integral and precious part of the library is housed in a building which is interlinked with the main building. The Library has estabilshed departmental libraries in some of the teaching departments and regional centres at Bathinda, Talwandi Sabo, Dr. Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra Library, Dehradun and Punjabi University B.Ed. College, Bathinda. An Extension Library has also been established at S.A.S. Nagar Phase-VII, Mohali (Punjab) to meet the requirements of the students and general public. For security and to avoid the theft of the books CCTV cameras have been installed in all four storeys of the library. Bar-Coding of documents has been completed and issue and return of books is computerized. Membership of all the University employees has also been computerized. There are 215 e-books available on Computer Scince, Engineering & Business Studies and full text of these e-books is available at the University Campus.
The University has set up a University Computer Centre. It was established in the year 1986 with the assistance of University Grants Commission. University Computer Centre (UCC) is taken as centralised resource facilitator for computerization with an aim to cater to the needs of the entire University. The principal objective of UCC is to provide readily available facilities of computer milieu to students, research scholars, teachers and employees of the University. Its associated objective is also to automate administrative and secretarial wings of the University. It is one among the best in the region in terms of infusing computing resources, campus wide networking and internet facility.
Some noticeable services delivered by UCC are:
UCC emerged as a pioneer podium in the state to extend campus wide Internet facility way back in the year 1996. It extended the facility through thick/ thin Ethernet now currently banking upon robust 20+ km of fibre optic backbone supported through 1 GB fibre/ 10 GB fibre links. The University has dedicated 155 Mbps bandwidth is made available under NKN-NMEICT project of MHRD. Rs. 50 Lac are being incurred on the service being provided for the period of 10 years w.e.f. December 2010. These are 1:1 leased line connection available on fiber links/ Copper links resulting in unlimited 24X7 connectivity. In addition, 20 Mbps 1:1 uncompressed bandwidth for Internet facilities from M/s Quadrant Televentures Limited, Mohali. Rs. 3 (approximately) Lacs are being incurred on the service being provided annually. In the main campus, the facility has been extended to all the departments, administrative branches, hostels, research scholar flats and guesthouses through fiber links. As per policy, non-academic sites are disallowed using academic hours (10:00 am – 5:00 pm).
The University has about 1500+ nodes on its network. These are hooked to central backbone either through wired links/ Wi-Fi nodes. All the users in the University are authenticated through a Firewall. About 10,000+ users are registered to use the campus Internet facilities on average. On spot Registration of Guests to allow them to use Internet facilities is also provided. A modest video conferencing facility has been set up. Presently, it is on one to one communication. This facility is being intensively used for Online Examinations, PhD Registration and submission Viva-Voce, Interactive Lectures, Placement Interviews and Meetings.
The Campus Backbone is primarily being used to access On-line Journals, Library ERP, Net Surfing, Intranet Applications, Online Examinations, Placement of Students, Online Admissions, Hostel Administration and Surveillance. Now the Individual departments are making use of this facility for accessing online resources, electronic formats of theses and dissertations available in the repository of Shodhganga (Inflibnet-UGC), NPTEL study material and many more.
Presently, 350+ WAPs have been installed with thin and fat functionality in the Campus to set up Wi-Fi zones in all-important places as main library, hostels, guesthouses and departments in the University. Majority of the students bring their own devices to access the campus e-facilities. To ensure two level security mechanism, WAPs in the hostels are managed using controllers. University Computer Centre is working as Nodal Agency to implement e-Waste Management Rules Management and Handling Rules 2011 at University Level as per the standards laid down by Pollution Control Board; in endorsing Digital India Campaign; in implementing anti-plagiarism software in the University.
The Research Centre for Punjabi Language Technology (Earlier known as Advanced Centre for Technical Development of Punjabi language, Literature and Culture) was established in 2004 with the aim of conducting research and development in linguistic and computational aspects of Punjabi Language as well as to spread the usage of Punjabi on computers and internet.It’s the only Centre in the world dedicated for Technical Development of Punjabi.
The Centre has been successful in bridging the script barrier between communities in South -eastAsia by developing transliteration software forPunjabi, Urdu and Sindhi languages. For the first time many language related software for Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and Sindhi have been developed, including first word processor for Punjabi and Hindi and video lectures for Punjabi learning have been developed at the Centre.The Centre has been awarded three international research projects in open competitions, funded under PAN Asia Grants Singapore and ISIF grants Australia. Research and development projects worth crores of rupees have been executed by the centre.
The Media industry is witnessing a whopping 50% growth rate, while the Indian entertainment industry comprising mainly Television and Cinema is crossing Rs. 50,000 crore mark. With opportunities in the Print Media now having reached a saturation point as far as lucrative jobs for the students are concerned, Television channels on the other hand are mushrooming at an unprecedented pace without waiting for the apposite weather, with acute shortage of skilled Media professionals worrying the owners and producers in Television and Film industries, Advertising and PR Agencies. The digital industry is hungry for absorbing students possessing technical expertise and Cinema for actors, directors, lighting and sound designers along with line producers and marketing managers. Even as there is no dearth of job opportunities in these areas, the Centre too is not lagging behind in offering the required talent matching their demands.
Considering all this, Punjabi University took the initiative of setting up only-of-its-kind in the country an independent Centre for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS) to start new kinds of technical, professional, advanced and specialized courses to befittingly train students for a plethora of jobs awaiting them in the glamorous Television and Film worlds. The Centre now runs B.A.(Hon's) in TV and Film Production ; B.A.(Hons) Course in Journalism, Mass Communication and Media Technology, MA TV & Film Production and Ph.D. programmes.
Another exclusivity of Punjabi University, Patiala, lies in the fact that it has been chosen to establish an Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMRC) by the UGC and MHRD. . It is now one of the 22 such Centres spread across the country and the only one, covering the States of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Union Territory of Chandigarh to impart electronic and digital education based on the 'reaching the unreachable' and 'beyond the classroom' concepts of education to provide quality education at the doorsteps of the students.
The Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMRC) was established as Audio Visual Research Centre (AVRC) in 1989 by the UGC-CEC at Punjabi University, Patiala under its Country Wide Classroom (CWC) Project, with the following objectives for the global audiences:
The AVRC was rechristened as Educational Multimedia Research Centre in 1991 to enhance the curves and contours of spreading education, taking along with it the marginalised section of the society of students, who could not afford to join their counterparts enjoying the privilege of regular classroom system of education To meet the laid down objectives, the Centre engages the stakeholders in order to produce the quality educational content for both the broadcast and the online medium.
The Centre is now an essential part of the SWAYAM Project, wherein a student/learner can increase his/her knowledge based upon the ‘anywhere anytime’ concept of learning at the undergraduate level. It is also one of the 32 DTH anchor institutes, including six of the 21 Media Centres, chosen by the MHRD under its SWAYAM Prabha DTH umbrella for providing quality education through the broadcast and digital media.
We are now part of Information Highway, wherein the learner can access any information with just a click of the mouse. We are to work hard with constant zeal without any pit stops so as to create a niche in the new information world.
The Publication Bureau, established in 1966 has a unique and important place in the academic life of the University. It has been publishing the research works, books and journals, produced by different departments of the University. The book van has been introduced by the university to make the university publications easily available to the masses.
Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) was established on 1-8-1999 as per the guidelines of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
The primary aim of IQAC is:
The Directorate of Sports works for promoting Sports in the University and its affiliated colleges. It organizes Inter-College Competitions in various games and trains students for participation in Inter-University, National, and International Games. Well maintained infrastructure and facilities for games such as Archery, Athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling, Fencing, Football, Hockey, Judo, Handball, Lawn Tennis, Shooting, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling, etc. have been maintained. The University also has a large Gymnasium Hall for Indoor Games. It is one of the very few institutions in India to possess its own Velodrome and Synthetic Track. With a yearly day & night hard work, sports department has brought laurels to the Punjabi University by winning the most prestigious sports award ‘Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy’ 10th time. Near about 150 players have also been placed in various institutions and government departments.
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. 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). This department also organizes Hiking, Trekking, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing courses, and Youth Leadership Training Camps.
The National Service Scheme is one of the most significant programme of the university. It inculcates the spirit of voluntary work among students and teachers through sustained community interaction. NSS plays vital role in personality development of student and upliftment of society. The major activities of NSS in the campus include special camping programme, environment pollution control, health awareness, blood donation, tree plantation, water conservation, cleanliness, AIDS awareness, skill development, self defence training etc We also organise Youth Convention every year since 2012.
Health Centre has 2 doctors, 4 pharmacists, w staff nurses, 1 male nurse, 3 Lab Technicians, 1 radiographer, 1 ECG Technician and other supporting staff.
Punjabi University has got authorization from Punjabi Pollution Control Board. Biomedical waste is generated in 5 Department other than health Centre for which a common collection point has been made in the health centre which is then sent to Ludhiana based authorized firm for further disposal.
The University has established Centralized Admission Cell (CAC) in the year 2012. This Cell monitors online admission of all courses run by the university and conduct entrance tests and counseling of various courses mentioned in the Handbook of Information. At present the cell is providing facilities to all the students studying in the campus for online fee payment and reconciliation of fees, Internet User-ID Password, Bulk SMS facility to provide information relating admission and bulletin board for digital Handbook of Information along with other important notices related to admission. Besides this, the Cell maintains an up to date Centralized repository of students which is being used by Dean, Students Welfare Office, V.C. Office, Central Library, Stastical Office, IQAC and other offices as required from time to time. The Cell is also providing tailor made student reports for departments in excel format which can be downloaded from the Head Portal and used for various departmental and administration purposes. An elaborate and detailed information related to the Ph.D students is collected by Centralized Admission Cell for research branch. The Centralized Admission Cell is also providing Admin Password to Dean Academic Affairs, Library and Security office displaying course wise all the admitted students and also provide online search facilities. The Cell is conducting State Level Counseling and is well equipped to provide the facilities for conducting State level entrance tests.
A Counseling Cell for students and employees of the University has been established in the University. This cell is monitored by the Department of Psychology. Multidimensional pressures of modernization and globalization are triggering psychological problems among students relating to their personalities, conduct and work. Unable to resolve the psychological conflicts and identity crises, many of them develop complexes and may seek solace in drugs or alcohol. Counseling and supportive psychological corporate houses and multi-national companies for making mass recruitments. Among these are included Infosys, Quark, Siemens, HCL, Satyam, Canon, Dabur and many others.
There are six residential Hostels for boys and seven residential Hostels for girls. There are two (one for boys and one for girls) hostels at Guru Kashi Campus, Talwandi Sabo and two hostels (one for boys and one for girls) at Punjabi University Neighbourhood Campus, Rampura Phul. The strength of these four hostels is 550 for boys and 550 for girls. University College of Engineering has its own separate hostel facility. All the Hostels have wi-fi facility & CCTV Camera.
The University Enquiry and Information Centre has been set up at the Main Gate to provide all facilities under one roof to the students and parents with regard to admissions, results, information regarding Distance Education and general courses, receipt of examination forms and canteen facilities. The Centre also provides computerized results to the students and handles enquiries of all sorts. The students also get counseling services during admissions.
The Transport Department of the University runs a fleet of buses for linking the campus to various parts of Patiala city.
Women’s Studies Centre was allocated to Punjabi University by University Grants Commission under XI Plan, in August 2009 .Its main objective is the pursuit of a comprehensive critical and balanced investigation of the cause of gender disparity. The centre also aims at revitalizing University education bringing it closer to burning social issues and working towards their solutions.
The Academic College has conducted many Refresher Courses in Orientation Courses, Workshops/Short Term Courses and Principals' Meet successfully. All these courses acquired National Character because participants were from as distant states as Goa, Karnatka, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Meghalaya H.P. Assam, Haryana, etc. The Academic Staff College is equipped with latest technological Gadgets, Guest House, Computer Lab, a lecture theatres etc.
Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Hotel Management established in 2010 with a vision of a world class Hotel Management training centre with state of the art facilities and the best mentors for students in the field of Hospitality is all set to offer students Global perspectives and prepare them to face challenges in Hospitality and Tourism sectors. The Department can boast of its exclusivity in Food & B everage Production. The Department is being developed and managed by the individuals who have had industry experience in Five Star Hotels. The objective of the Department is to impart students with latest Hospitality knowledge, skills, concepts and management teachings to make them productive and professional for taking up leadership positions in Hospitality & Tourism sector all over the world.
B.A.(Hons) Course in Journalism, Mass Communication and Media Technology, MA TV & film production and PG Diploma in Graphics, Animation and Special Effects. The latest milestone that CAMS has now achieved is signing of an agreement with Communications Studies and Integrative Media Department of Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, USA.
Punjabi University Patiala established the Sophisticated Instruments Centre (SIC) in 2012 as a necessary and very important facility for carrying out the research work in the field of Life Sciences, Medical Sciences and Physical Sciences. The latest models of various scientific instruments like Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), HPTLC, Flash Chromatograph, Real Time PCR, Thermo-cycler, Gel electrophoresis, Gel Doc System, Autoclave, Ultra-centrifuge, Ultra-Freezer(-80°C), Spectrophotometer, Spectroflourimeter, and Florescent Microscope, etc. Have been installed in the SIC laboratories.
The building of SIC was completed with grants from UGC during the 11th plan. Similarly SEM was also purchased with grant from UGC. Majority of the other instruments have been purchased with grant from DBT under the Interdisciplinary Programme in Life Sciences. A log book has been maintained and 8705 students have so far visited the centre while 7171 students. have actually used the facilities. A modern seminar room is also available in the centre. Similarly a Fossil Museum has been established in the centre which attracts lot of visitors.
Most of these facilities are available free of cost to all research scholars of various departments of the University. This helps them to generate good quality data from their experimental work and they are able to compete at international level in terms of data generation from their research work.
As per direction of the Hon'ble Supreme Court and guidlines laid down by UGC, Punjabi University, Patiala has "Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Cell" to deal with issues of gender based harassment and violence on the campuses. The cell addresses the complaints of sexual harassment nature from students, research scholars, teachers and non-teaching employees of the various departments of the University, its constituent colleges, regional centres and neighbourhood campuses.