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.
The University was fortunate in having a galaxy of scholars and academic administrators as its Vice-Chancellors. These included
- Bhai Jodh Singh
- Sardar Kirpal Singh Narang
- Mrs. Inderjit Kaur Sandhu
- Dr. Amrik Singh
- Dr. S.S. Johl
- Dr. Bhagat Singh
- Dr. H.K. Manmohan Singh
- Dr. Joginder Singh Puar
- Dr. Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia
- Sh. Swaran Singh Boparai, Kirti Chakra, Padma Shri
- Dr. Jaspal Singh
- Dr. B.S. Ghuman
- One of the premier Institutions of Higher Learning since 1962.
- Largest State University.
- NAAC 'A' Grade Accreditated University.
- Constantly endeavouring to promote Language, Literature and Culture.
- Key Institution for imparting best education in all Disciplines.
- Highly Educated & Qualified Faculty.
- Regular curricula revision in tune with changing Market & Societal Needs.
- Top Priority accorded to Learner Centric Teaching pedagogy.
- State-of- the -Art Infrastructure with Smart Classrooms.
- Equipped with Best Library in the Region.
- Safe & Secure Environment for students especially Girl students.
- Top Performing University in Sports & 10 times Winner of MAKA Trophy.
- State-of- the -Art Infrastructure with Smart Classrooms.
- Equipped with Best Library in the Region.
- Safe & Secure Environment for students especially Girl students.
- Top Performing University in Sports & 10 times Winner of MAKA Trophy.
- High Focus on new emerging trends in Academic field.
- Several new courses introduced keeping in mind best career options in changing times.
- Taken new initiatives for promoting entrepreneurship, startups and employability.
- 22 Patents granted to the University & more in pipeline.
- More than 270 affiliated Colleges, 9 Neighbourhood Campuses, 12 Constituent Colleges & 06 Regional Centres.
- Low fee structure.
- Alma Mater to a great number of people who have carved a Niche for themselves in various sectors.
- Collaboration with 14 International Universities/Institutions.
- Fully Wi-Fi Campus.
The Vision and Mission of Punjabi University, Patiala
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.
- Grooms leadership at various levels
- Decisions are governed by management of facts, information and objectives
- Prepares perspective plan document which is an important component of the University’s strategy development and deployment process
- Has a well-defined organizational structure with effective processes developed for all its major activities
- Has an effective feedback system involving all stakeholders
- Has an action plan and schedules for its future development
- Has an effective Grievance Redressal Cell
- Effectively handles management and monitoring of the affiliated colleges through College Development Council
- Also considers Student Satisfaction Survey as an input factor for all policies of the University
- Takes sustained interest in recruitment and promotion aspects of its employees
- Adheres to Government of India/State Government policies on recruitment (access, equity, gender sensitivity and physically disabled)
- Has an effective welfare mechanism for teaching and non-teaching staff
- Ensures transparent use of Performance Appraisal Reports
- Conducts programmes to enhance the competency of its faculty and non-teaching staff
- Uses performance budgeting as a core planning activity for decision making
- Incorporates gender auditing to enhance inclusiveness
- Has effective welfare mechanisms for its teaching and non-teaching staff
- Conducts programme for professional development of its staff
- HRD centre programmes forms an important feedback for improvement of programmes
- Strictly adheres to optimal utilization of budget
- Conducts internal and external audits regularly for better monitoring and management of finances
- Leadership takes initiatives for mobilization of resources
- Considers academic audit of departments and its impact as an important quality initiative
- Has an effective quality management and enhancement systems
- Reviews its teaching learning process, structure, methodologies of operations and learning outcomes at periodic intervals
- Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) has contributed significantly to institutionalizing quality assurance strategies and processes
- Receives valuable feedback from the external members of the IQAC for its functioning
- Encourages autonomy to its academic departments
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
- for imparting education in the humanities, sciences, learned professions and such other branches of learning as it may think fit and for research and advancement and dissemination of knowledge.
- provide for research in Punjabi literature, t
- undertake measures for the development of Punjabi language and t
- progressively adopt it as a medium of instruction and examination for as many subjects as possible.
- prepare, translate and publish, and t
- assist other bodies and individuals in the preparation, translation and publication of books, journals, periodicals and any other material in Punjabi or other languages
- for the spread of education among classes and communities which are educationally backward.
- for the maintenance of NSS and Sports facilities or other similar training corps, physical and military training and students’ association and sports and athletic clubs.
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:
- Vishv Punjabi Sahit Conference
- Sarb Bharti Punjabi Conference
- Antar Rashtri Punjabi Vikas Conference
- Punjabi Diaspora Conference
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.
For carrying out research in Sikhism, special research departments such as Guru Granth Sahib Studies and Encyclopaedia of Sikhism have also been established. The University has also released a set of four volumes, on Encyclopaedia of Sikhism prepared by a renowned Professor Late Sardar Harbans Singh.
Taking into consideration the need of the hour, the University has introduced a number of new courses in the areas of Engineering, Management, Computer Science, Social Sciences, Advanced Media Studies, Hospitality and Hotel Management, Certificate Course in Guru Granth Sahib Studies. The University has also established Regional Centres, Neighbourhood Campuses and Constituent Colleges in the rural and remote areas such as Damdama Sahib, Jaito, Dehlan Sian, Joga Ralla and Jhunir. The goal is to take professional and job oriented courses to the door steps of the rural students and students of disadvantaged sections of the society.
Students participate in sports, cultural, co-curricular and extra-curriculur activities at different levels. Many of these activities like Lok Mela, Lok Khedan (Local Sports), Folk Dances, etc. promote Punjabi art and culture.
- Faculty of Arts and Culture
- Faculty of Business Studies
- Faculty of Computing Sciences
- Faculty of Education and Information Science
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Languages
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Life Sciences
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Physical Sciences
- Faculty of Social Sciences
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.
||Year of Accreditation
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.
- Various funding agencies as UGC, CSIR, ICMR, ISRO, DST, DBT, ICSSR and Industry are funding many research projects in the University.
- A large number of paid research scholars are pursuing research in thee University under different schemes such as -UGC- NET JRF
- UGC BSR Fellowship in Sciences
- UGC Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship
- UGC-Maulana Azad National Scholarship
- ICMR Open Fellow
- DST Inspire
- ICHR Open Fellowship
- CSIR JRF Open Fellow
- ICSSR fellowship
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.
departments research activities
The University has eleven departments which have been recognized for their research activities
- CAS: Physics , Punjabi, Economics;
- DSA-2: Botany, Computer Science;
- DRS-6: Chemistry, Forensic Science, Human Genetics, Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Research, School of Management Studies, Zoology and Environment Science.
- The University has six departments recognized by UGC-BSR (Botany, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Human Genetics, Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Research, Zoology and Environmental Sciences.
- The University also have eleven departments recognized as DST-FIST Departments and five as DBT-IPLS Departments.
Foreign Institutions Collaborations
The University has collaborations with some foreign institutions also. Some of the important collaborators are:
- Apex Group of Companies, Dubai.
- Kwantlen University College, Surrey, Canada.
- Maharaja Garden City Association, Bankok, Thailand.
- The University of Fraser Valley, Canada.
- The University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, UK.
- University of Wisconsin Parkside, USA.
- Wilkes University College of Science and Engineering USA.
- World Gatka Federation.
- University of British Columbia, Canada.
- University of Northern British Columbia, Canada.
- Shastri Indo Canadian Institute, Canada.
- University of Missouri, Columbia, USA.
- University of California, Santa Cruz, USA.
- University of Wolverhamplon,UK.
Planning & Monitoring Cell
Indian Institutions as Collaborators
The University also has many Indian Institutions as the important collaborators.
- ICFOSS, Trivendrum
- PHD Chambers of Commerce
- Punjab Digital Library
- Infosys Campus Connect
- National Stock Exchange of India, New Delhi
- Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi
- Directorate of Mushroom Research, Chambaghal, Solan
- Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad
- Punjab Agro Juices Ltd. Chandigarh
- Sanudh Foundation, Chandigarh
Planning & Monitoring Cell ਸੋਰਤ: ਪਲੈਨਿੰਗ ਐਂਡ ਮਾਨੀਟਰਿੰਗ ਸੈੱਲ
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.
University Computer Centre
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:
- Internet Facility
- Extended Campus-wide networking
- e-Surveillance for the better security
- Use of advanced featured firewall for checking upon bandwidth abuse
- Allow Access to on-line journals, thesis and dissertation repositories in the Campus and NPTEL study material
- Wi-Fi hot spots in the main library, hostels and departments
- Video-conferencing facility for Viva-voce, Placement Interviews etc
- Implementation of ERP/ LMS and making provisions for Online Admissions with online payment of fees and integrating SMS facility for feedback
- University Website
- Breeding IT-savvy human resource and enriching technical competences
- Maintenance services and PC Cannibalisation
- High performance computing facilities
- Enterprising usage of open source software in the campus
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. The University has subscribed for internet bandwidth under NKN/ NMEICT project of MHRD, India (Centre Government) being managed by NIC/ BSNL. The approvals for Phase II named DI2 (Digital India Info way) have already been initiated and it is hoped that the approvals will come through in time. Even if the approvals are delayed, the NKN connectivity is continuing to run as it is, till the next phase is approved. It is also informed that in DI2, the agency is in the process of expanding the NLD’s (National Long Distances) by on-boarding additional service providers with more stringent SLA's to ensure an almost 100% uptime of the last mile, thereby benefiting the user institutes. The bandwidth for Internet is 155 Mbps. The link being provided has 1 Gbps capacity. The higher demand for bandwidth is matched by providing extra bandwidth as per the formulated policy of the project. 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.
There is an escalating trend in research and educational practices using Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Advanced Data Processing, Data Science and other Artificial Intelligence (AI) subfields that are evolving at a fast pace in the faculties of Arts and Culture, Business Studies, Computing Sciences, Education and Information Science, Engineering, Languages, Life Sciences, Medicine, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Law. The current state-of-the-art in artificial intelligence is achieved through deep neural models. Deep neural networks are networks of artificial neurons which employ basic mathematical operations to jointly transform an input, e.g. text in language, into the text in another language carrying the same meaning as the input. The advantages of DL have been evident in many fields - machine translation, image recognition, audio recognition, voice synthesis, question answering and many others. State-of-the-art networks contain hundreds of thousands to millions of parameters that need to be updated at training time. The specifics of deep neural networks (DNN’s) training algorithm make the use of current CPUs impractical. To deal with this complexity, a graphics processing unit (GPU) is more suitable. This is due to the much larger number of cores in comparison to a CPU and substantial volume of dedicated memory. The University has set up a High Performance Computing Lab by installing five state of the art AI Servers (high-end, multi-GPU (graphics processing unit)) servers, accessible remotely and securely) in the University Computer Centre from the funding received under DST-PURSE project scheme. The aim is to provide new generations of students with access to modern facilities that allow them to gain up-to-date knowledge and progressive experience in the field of AI to a level that matches the requirements for current and future AI education. Furthermore, these servers are dedicated to the educational and research based needs of the students in courses taught within the University. The University Computer Centre compiles the list of FOSS and try to procure these from the Vendor (Supplier of Servers) or from the Web resources that are required for the purpose.
Now a day, the UCC promotes the use of FOSS applications that an office user needs for email, web browsing, pdf file viewing, video and music playback software as well as office programs including spreadsheet, word processing and presentation graphics. Today in the Campus, cloud services (e-office, IHRMS etc.), web calls and other social media applications are also often needed. It is preached that an old Windows laptop/ desktop with 2 GB of RAM and 40 GB hard drive and the free memory space in the working condition is enough to allow them to work gracefully in the office even today. We follow the development of Ubuntu and LinuxMint installing LibreOffice includes word processing, spreadsheet and presentation graphics, Document viewer for viewing and using PDF documents, Thunderbird for email, Firefox web browser, Chromium web browser (= Chrome), gThumb for organizing, editing and naming photos, Gimp for image processing, VLC Media Player for video + music, OpenShot for video editing, Skype for video calls, Dropbox for cloud services. Looking at the substantial cost savings in procuring proprietary software, OS, antivirus and costly computing hardware, the University Computer Centre has been entrusted with a special task to explore the usage of Linux Distros and applications that are freely available. Similarly, this type of setup allows C/ C++, Java, Python, R, MySql, LAMP based web applications that can easily be adopted in the departmental labs.
Research Centre for Punjabi Language Technology
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.
Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMRC)
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:
- Production of educational programmes (especially e-video and e-content) and setting up of appropriate facilities for this.
- Carrying out research related to optimizing the effectiveness of these programmes.
- Providing a forum for the active involvement of reputed academicians and scholars in the creation of appropriate educational programme.
- Studying, promoting and experimenting with new techniques / technology that will increase the reach and effectiveness of electronic and digital communication.
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)
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:
- To develop a system for conscious, consistent and catalytic action to improve the academic and administrative performance of the institution.
- To promote measures for institutional functioning towards quality enhancement through internalization of quality culture and institutionalization of best practices.
For details please click the separate link provided for IQAC in Punjabi University website.
Directorate of Sports
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.
Youth Welfare Department
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.
National Service Scheme:
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.
- Health Centre remains open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on all holidays and festival.
- We provide free consultation and free medicines to all the students of the University.
- Free consultation is being given to all the staff, faculty and employees of the University and their dependents. Free medicines are given in case of emergencies also.
- We are providing health care services in all Youth Festival, Sports Activities, Conferences, Seminars and NSS Camps.
- Laboratory Services- Laboratory of Health Centre is fully equipped with Cell Counter, Urine Analyser, ESR Analyser, and Biochemistry Analyser. We are doing all routine investigations like Complete blood count, Lipid Profile, Blood Sugar and Kidney and liver function Tests.
- ECG Facitlity- ECG is being done free of cost to students and at Govt. rates to the employees and their dependents.
- X-Rays- Digital X-Ray (COMPUTERIZED RADIOGRAPHY) machine is available her. X-Ray (Radiography) of the employees and their dependents are don at very nominal rates and free of cost to the students. X-Ray unit is registered with Atomic Energy Regulatory Board under Govt. of India.
- Bone Mineral Density- Bone Mineral Densitometer is available here. BMD test is done at very nominal rate.
- Other Activities
- We are participating in national Programmes like Pulse Polio Programme.
- We are running Dots Centre under National Tuberculosis Programme.
- We are giving Health services to Meritorious School.
- We are giving full health care facilities to labour class and their families.
Disposal of Biomedical Waste
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.
Centralized Admission Cell (CAC)
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
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.
UGC-Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC)
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
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.
Sophisticated Instruments Centre (SIC)
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.
Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Cell
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.