Panjab University is one of the oldest universities in India. The university campus is a residential campus, located in the city of Chandigarh and is spread over an area of in sectors 14 and 25 of the city of Chandigarh. The main administrative and academic buildings are located in sector 14, besides a health centre, a sports complex, hostels and residential area.
The University has 58 teaching and research departments and 10 Centers/Chairs for teaching and research at the main campus located at Chandigarh. It has 172 affiliated colleges spread over Punjab, Haryana,Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, Regional Centers at Muktsar, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur, and Swami Sarvanand Giri Panjab University Regional Centre, Hoshiarpur.
Panjab University has a long tradition of teaching and research in science and technology, humanities, social sciences, performing arts and sports, and is committed to attracting and supporting the students and faculty, with traditions established over more than 125 years since its inception in 1882 at Lahore (now in Pakistan).
National Centre for Human Genome Studies and Research
NCHGSR was established in the year 2002 under the sponsorship of UGC with an idea to promote understanding in the field of molecular biology The Centre imparts current knowledge of biotechnology, genomics, proteomics and cutting edge research both in theory and practice. NCHGSR offers post graduate and PhD research programs. Over the years the centre has established a successful M.Sc program which selects the best students from the merit list prepared by other common entrance test (OCET) entrances conducted in the university.
The Centre aims at generating accomplished brains in different areas of molecular biology, which not only serves biotech related industries but also provides trained and motivated persons required by other institutes. The department is one of the best research institutes providing an excellent theoretical as well as hand on laboratory experience. Notable faculty includes Prof.Tapas Mukhopadhyay(Prev. Assistant Professor at MD Anderson Cancer Centre, USA), Dr.Sashi Choudhary (PhD NIMR), Dr.Ranbir Singh (Post-doc Lund University, Sweden), Dr. J.K. Roy (Cytogenetics Lab, BHU), Dr.Reena Das (Hematology, PGI), Dr.Archana Bhatnagar (Biochemistry, PU), Dr.Kawaljit Chopra (UIPS, PU), Dr.Prince Sharma (Microbiology, PU). (Website: http://nchgsr.puchd.ac.in)
The Central A.C. Joshi Library of Panjab University has a holding of over 650,000 books and 150,000 periodicals some of which are rare collections from the 19th century. The University Library has been recognised as one of the six national centres for data-information-distribution in the UGC
program. The library works provide services which most effectively meet the needs of faculty, students and staff of the University community.It has a reading hall which is open 24 hours and attracts major portion of students. Books and journal collection is augmented by a variety of online
The Indian Council of Social Science Research
has set-up its North-Western Regional Center on the Panjab University Campus. The center runs a library, a seminar complex and a guest house for visiting scholars under its study-grants programme.
Faculty of Law
The university has two different departments, for teaching law. Both the departments have separate academic blocks for their functioning.
- Department of Laws: Located in laws department building, it offers two courses. First is degree of LL.B, a three year course, the eligibility for admission is graduation degree in any stream, with a minimum 45% marks. Second is Degree in LL.M, a two year course, which is offered after completion of LL.B.
The department conducts a separate admission test, for both the courses, on the pattern of Union Public Service Commission.
- The University Institute of Legal Studies was established as a separate department under the aegis and within the campus of Panjab University in 2004. The Institute offers B.A. LL.B (Hons.) 5 years Integrated Course. The Institute has one hundred and ten seats which are subject to reservation as per the University rules. In addition to 110 seats, there are 10 seats for NRI students.
The Department of Gandhian Studies came into existence in 1965. Initially a one year certificate course in Gandhian Philosophy was started. In 1972, the certificate course was converted into a post-graduate diploma course in Gandhian Philosophy. After getting special assistance from the U.G.C., the department started a post-graduate diploma programme in Gandhian Studies through correspondence. In 1977-78, the department also started offering a M.Phil. degree in Gandhian Studies.
The department has primarily concentrated on research in different aspects of Gandhi's life, work and thought. This is reflected in a number of PhDs and the publications produced by the department. At the same time the department organises Seminars and Lectures by persons of eminence and Gandhian scholars, which are open to the public and have attracted a good deal of attention and appreciation.
The university grants commission has selected the Department for Special Assistance for teaching and research in Gandhian Studies. As from the academic session 1984-85, the department has started a regular 2 years post-graduate course for a M.A. in Gandhian and Peace Studies.
The department has a specialised library on Gandhian Studies and National Freedom Movement.
The Panjab University has four museums and the department of Indian theatre has its own theatre lab, which is unique in the country. The university has a botanical garden and a garden of medicinal plants on the campus.
The office of the Panjab University students' council is located in the student centre. The student centre is the hub of students' activities - academic, cultural, social and political; besides being a favorite eating and hanging out zone for students.
The students' council consists of the departmental representatives and other office bearers, i.e., President, Vice-President, Secretary and Joint-Secretary directly elected by the students from the various teaching departments on the campus every year. The Dean Student Welfare is ex-officio Chairman of the Council. The Students' Council organises youth festivals, both national and international, academic debates, literary and cultural events and educational tours, besides looking after the interests of the students in general.Mostly SOPU and alliance has been winning the the council seats in these years and had deafeted various other organisations like PUSU and SOI
Panjab University has several departments, grouped as under:
- Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archeology
- Gandhian Studies
- Guru Nanak Sikh Studies
- Library and Information Science
- Mass Communication
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Population Res. Center
- Business and Management Commerce
- University Business School
- University Institute of Applied Management Sciences
- Dairying, Animal Husbandry and Agriculture
- Design and Fine Arts
- Fine Arts
- Indian Theater
- Physical Education
- Engineering and Technology
- University Institute of Engineering and Technology
- Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology
- University Institute of Engineering and Technology
- Chinese and Tibetan Languages
- Dayanand Chair for Vedic Studies
- Guru Ravidas Chair for Sant Sahitya Studies
- Punjabi Studies
- University Institute of Legal Studies
- Department of Laws
- Pharmaceutical Science
- Medical Science
- Center of Environment and Vocational Studies
- Computer Science and Applications
- National Center for Human Genome Studies and Research
- Evening Studies
- Correspondence Studies
- Other departments
- Regional Center
- Center for Adult, Continuing Education & Extension
- IAS and Other Competitive Examinations
- Defence and National Security Studies
- Women's Studies And Development
- Energy Research Center
- Population Research Center
- Center for Swami Vivekananda Studies
Energy Research Centre was established in 1983 at Panjab University to promote R&D and Extension activities in the emerging field of Renewable Energy. It has emerged as a major focal point of R&D and extension on energy and environment at national and international level.. Energy research centre was the only R&D centre in the country which was designated as Nodal Agency for the implementation of different programmes of MNES. As a result of extension activities undertaken by the Centre in UT of Chandigarh , Chandigarh has emerged as a city with highest per capita alternate energy consumption on Asia and Pacific. As per survey conducted by NCAER, 5 million cookstoves designed by the centre are in operation in the country. Under these programmes, large number of self employed workers and potters have been trained thus creating job avenues in rural area apart from saving huge quantity of wood. Laboratories of the Centre are equipped with the state- of -the- art equipment. Centre has been designated as a regional test centre for testing solar thermal equipment by MNES. Bureau of Indian Standard has approved the centre for testing wood burning stoves. Centre has provided consultancy to a large number of countries in Asia- Pacific region such as Maldives, Bangla Desh, Srilanka, Myanmar, Kiribati and Tuvalu, in the area of renewable energy sources, energy management and environmental protection. . Centre has also helped the states of Haryana, Panjab and Himachal Pradesh in solving problems associated with energy planning & management and Environmental protection.
Notable alumni include the current Prime Minister of India
, Dr Manmohan Singh
, who graduated with the Class of 1954.
It is not to be confused with the Pakistani twin University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan and the Punjabi University, Patiala, India.
The following is a list of well known alumni of Panjab University:
- Manmohan Singh, current Prime minister of India.
- Romila Thapar, famous historian.
- Har Gobind Khorana, famous Nobel laureate & biotechnologist.
- Kalpana Chawla, NASA Astronaut. Died on February 1, 2003 in Space Shuttle Columbia accident.
- Kapil Dev, Wisden Cricketer of the Century
- Nurudin Farah, Somali Novelist
- Rajan Zed, Hindu chaplain, first to deliver Hindu prayer in United States Senate.
- Babbu Mann, Punjabi singer.
- Pawan Bansal, Present MoS for Finance, Govt. Of India.
- Jagmohan Kang, Ex-Minister of Punjab.
- Sushma Swaraj, Present BJP spokesperson
- Sukhbir Singh Badal, President of Shiromani Akali Dal Badal and Member of 14th Lok Sabha of India