One of the oldest Universities in India, the Panjab University (PU) initiated at Lahore in 1882, 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. In independent India, Panjab University with its Campus at Chandigarh and nearly two hundred colleges in Punjab state and Chandigarh U.T., has served various societal needs with distinction. The glorious traditions of the University established during the period of more than 133 years of its long service to the nation since its inception are a source of inspiration for the present generation of faculty members and students. By virtue of its history, experience, achievements and philosophy, the Panjab University has a national character and it enjoys an international stature drawing 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 at the campus. Over the years, the reputation of the Panjab University has grown to emerge as an institution at the pinnacle in innovative teaching, research and community outreach.
In Chandigarh, the newly built capital of Punjab, a beautiful red sandstone campus was designed for the Panjab University by Pierre Jeanneret under the general guidance of Le Corbusier. Panjab University moved here during 1958-1960. 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 Panjab University Campus at Chandigarh accommodates seventy three teaching and research departments/institutes/centres besides four independent Chairs for research. Furthermore, the university has 189 affiliated/constituent colleges spread over Punjab and Chandigarh besides Regional Centres at Muktsar, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Kauni. In addition, there is the Vishveshavaranand Vishwa Bandhu Institute of Sanskrit and Indological Studies at Hoshiarpur.
Panjab University is located in Sector 14 and Sector 25 of Chandigarh, spreading across an area of almost 550 acres.
The layout of two campuses 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 a school, have been provided. Besides these facilities, the University Campus has 8 hostels for boys, 9 hostels for girls, a Working Women Hostel and 2 sports hostels.
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, considered the pride of the University, is its most artistic building. 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, in 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 landmark building.
The academic institutes on the campus and 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.
The University School of Open Learning, a multi-disciplinary department, caters to more than 25000 distance learners and offers over 20 traditional and job oriented courses.
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:
|Centre for Advanced Study (CAS)||Departments of Anthropology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Sociology, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Zoology|
|Departmental Research Support (DRS)||Departments of Biotechnology, Botany, Economics, English and Cultural Studies, University Business School, SSB University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology and the University Institute of Engineering & Technology|
|Department of Special Assistance (DSA)||Department of Biochemistry, Statistics, Biophysics|
|Funds for Improvement of Science & Technology (FIST)||Departments of Anthropology, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Zoology|
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):
The Computer Centre of the University provides Fibre Optic high speed network connectivity through Gigabit technology to all the Departments, Centres, Hostels and Administrative Block. The Computer Centre is connected through National Knowledge Network (NKN) and the National Mission of Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) networks. All the hostels and Academic areas of Sector 14 and Sector 25 are covered by Wi-Fi and students and staff can access it seamlessly. The Computer Centre is hosting all the servers (like DNS, Mail, Web Server) in its data centre and providing facilities like online admissions and entrance tests.
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, and Centre for Swami Vivekananda Studies are other facilitating centres providing services at the University.
The AC Joshi Library is housed in a centrally-located and fully air-conditioned 5 storey building with a seating capacity of 500 readers. It has over 7 lakh publications and a prized collection of 1490 manuscripts. It is fully computerized and provides access to more than 7500 online full text journals through UGC- INFONET. It is one of the six National Document Delivery Centres of INFLIBNET for data information distribution. Radio Frequency Identification Technology in the Library benefits the readers by permitting self-issue and returns of books 24x7. Recently many new services have been introduced such as Online Membership, SMS service, Digital signage system, etc. The outer reading hall is open twenty four hours. For visually impaired students, the library provides JAWS software to access information displayed on the screen via text-to-speech and Zoom-Ex which turns computer into an accessible scanner, reader and magnifier.
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.
The University has its own community radio station, Radio Jyotirgamaya 91.2, which acts as a unifying agent amongst the university faculty, students and also the community. The radio programmes can be heard over a range of 10 kilometres.
There are 17 hostels (8 for boys and 9 for girls) to accommodate nearly 6700 students. There also exists one Working Women hostel with a capacity to accommodate 70 residents.
Bhai Ghanaiya Ji (BGJ) 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. A round-the-clock emergency service, along with 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. BGJ Institute of Health is manned by a general physician and specialists from different faculties.