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Vice Chancellor's Message

Professor Arvind
Vice Chancellor

I am privileged and honoured to have been given the opportunity of serving as Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, which is amongst the premier institutions of higher learning. The University was established on April 30, 1962 with a mandate to promote Punjabi language, literature and culture, and was the second university in the world to have been named after a language. It has since emerged as a key institution for imparting high-quality education and to perform cutting-edge research in the areas of life sciences, physical sciences, medicine, engineering and technology, business studies, law, social sciences, languages, education, information sciences, and arts and culture. It is a matter of great pride that the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has awarded the University a Five Star grade in the first cycle (2002-07) and A grade in the second (2008-13) and the third (2016-23) cycles. Currently, the University has 65 teaching and research departments, 275 affiliated colleges, 5 neighborhood campuses, 14 constituent colleges, 4 regional centres. It enrols nearly 14000 students in various courses, including a large number of them from rural areas with a paucity of resources. The University's performance in sports and games is exemplary, with the distinction of being a 10-time winner of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy awarded by Government of India to the Best Performing University in competitive sports.

I envisage a very bright future for this prestigious University and our endeavour will be to create an ambience of academic excellence, to build a Knowledge Hub in Patiala in partnership with neighboring institutions of higher education in the region, to begin inter- and multi-disciplinary skill-based courses in fields such as Agroecology and Data Sciences, with a focus on developing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning tools for Punjab and Punjabi language, and to produce highly skilled and committed graduates imbued with critical thinking, scientific temper and humane, secular and ethical values.

From its inception more than 60 years ago, the University has consistently scaled greater and greater heights due to the distinguished contributions rendered by the faculty and the zeal and work of the students, non-teaching staff and other stakeholders. I sincerely acknowledge the seminal contribution of each one of them.

About Punjabi University

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. Read More...


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