Panjab University

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Group.png Panjab University  
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MottoSanskrit: तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमयत
Formation1882
HeadquartersChandigarh, India
TypePublic
Other namePU
one of the most well ranked universities in India

Panjab University (PU) is a collegiate central university located in Chandigarh, India.[1] Originated in 1882 as the University of the Punjab Lahore, it was relocated in Chandigarh in the year 1947 as the East Punjab University after the partition of India, where the university was split between India and Pakistan.

The university has 78 teaching and research departments and 10 centres/chairs for teaching and research at the main campus located at Chandigarh. It has 188 affiliated colleges spread over the eight districts of Punjab state and union-territory of Chandigarh, with Regional Centres at Muktsar, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur cities in Punjab state.[2] It is one of the most well ranked universities in India.[3]

The campus is residential, spread over 550 acres (2.2 km2) in sector 14 and 25 of the city of Chandigarh. The main administrative and academic buildings are located in sector 14, beside a health centre, a sports complex, hostels and residential housing.[4]

History

Panjab University featured on a 1989 stamp of India.

The present-day Panjab University traces its roots to the University of the Punjab established on 14 October 1882 at Lahore (now in Punjab, Pakistan). Most of the colleges affiliated to University of the Punjab were in the present Indian part of British India.

After the partition of India in 1947, the university was split into two for Indian Punjab and Pakistani Punjab. A new university was then established/relocated in the Punjab, India in 1947. To distinguish the two, the name of the university on the Indian side, the spelling for 'Punjab' was changed to Panjab. After 1947[5] the university had no campus of its own for nearly a decade. The administrative office was in Solan and the teaching departments functioned from Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Delhi, and Amritsar.

In 1956 the university was relocated to Chandigarh, on a red sandstone campus designed by Pierre Jeanneret under the guidance of Le Corbusier. Until the re-organisation of Punjab in 1966, the university had its regional centres at Rohtak, Shimla, Jalandhar and its affiliated colleges were in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and U.T. of Chandigarh. With the re-organisation of Punjab, the university became an Inter-State Body Corporate catering to the newly organised state of Punjab and union-territory of Chandigarh.

Distiguished People

Faculty

Name Affiliation Notability References
B. N. Goswamy Professor of Art History art historian known for his study of Indian miniature paintings
Bidyendu Mohan Deb Professor of theoretical chemistry between 1984 and 2004 theoretical chemist, chemical physicist and a professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
Kewal Krishan (forensic anthropologist) Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology An academic known for contributions to forensic anthropology in India

Alumni

Arts and Literature

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
Ayushmann Khurrana actor and singer
Babbu Maan Indian Punjabi singer and poet
Gul Panag actress and model
Irshad Kamil noted Bollywood lyricist, poet and winner of Filmfare and IIFA Awards.
Jaspal Bhatti Satirist and TV personality
Kapil Sharma Indian Comedian [6]
Mahie Gill an actress who appears in Hindi films and Punjabi films.
Mukesh Gautam Punjabi cinema director
Nuruddin Farah 1970 Somali novelist
Satinder Sartaaj Indian Punjabi singer and poet[7]
Shilpa Anand model

Business

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
F. C. Kohli first CEO of TCS. Considered as Father of Indian Software Industry
Pratip Chaudhuri 1974 UBS Chairman of the State Bank of India
Sandeep Bakhshi Punjab Engineering MD & CEO, ICICI Bank
Steve Sanghi 1975 Punjab Engineering CEO of Microchip Technology
Sunil Bharti Mittal Founder, chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises

Humanities and social sciences

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
Harjinder Singh Dilgeer National Professor of Sikh History, an authority on Sikh history, philosophy and scriptures, writer of 60 books
Kavita Singh 1996 PhD Professor and Infosys Prize winner [8]
Romila Thapar prominent Historian [9]

Military

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
Vikram Batra B.Sc. DAV war hero and Param Vir Chakra awardee

Politics and law

Heads of state and government

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
Baburam Bhattarai 1977 B. Arch. Chandigarh College of Architecture 36th Prime Minister of Nepal
Manmohan Singh 1952; 1954 BA (Economics); MA (Economics) 13th Prime Minister of India [10]

Other politicians, civil servants, and lawyers

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
Bhupinder Singh Hooda former Chief Minister of Haryana [11]
Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar 1977; 1979 LLB; LLM 44th Chief Justice of India [12]
Jai Ram Thakur Chief minister of Himachal Pradesh
Kiran Bedi, 1970 first woman IPS Officer [13]
Krishan Kant Paul, former IPS who is current governor of Uttrakhand and former governor of Meghalaya
Mehr Chand Mahajan Third Chief Justice of India and former Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
Selja Kumari MP/Union Minister [14]
Sherub Gyeltshen BA Member of the National Assembly of Bhutan and Minister for Home and Cultural Affairs
Sukhbir Singh Badal Member of Parliament [15]
Sukhpal Singh Khaira Member of the Legislative Assembly, Punjab, India
Sunil Arora IAS officer and Election Commissioner of India
Sushma Swaraj Minister of Foreign Affairs [16]
Swatanter Kumar former Judge, Supreme Court of India [17]
Amit Rawal LLB Department of Laws Judge of Kerala High Court
Rajiv Pratap Rudy former Union minister
William Gitau B.Com. 1st Governor of the Kiambu County

Science and technology

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
Ajay Kumar Sood 1971; 1972 BSc; MSc
Atul Gurtu high energy physicist
G. V. R. Prasad paleontologist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
K. K. Aggarwal engineer, professor and eminent IT expert
Kalpana Chawla BE Punjab Engineering The Punjab Engineering College was affiliated to the Panjab University between 1953 and 2003.</ref>
Manohar Lal Munjal acoustical engineer, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
Narinder Kumar Mehra 1969 B.Sc. immunologist
Radhe Mohan scientist, former Chairman of Medical Physics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center [18]
Rajinder Kumar 1954 B.Sc. chemical engineer, former professor at the Indian Institute of Science; Padma Bhushan recipient
Ranbir Chander Sobti 1969; 1970; 1974 B.Sc.; M.Sc.; Ph.D. Cell biologist and Padma Shri awardee
Sampat Kumar Tandon geologist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
Sardul Singh Guraya 1954; 1956; 1959 B.Sc.; M.Sc.; Ph.D. developmental biologist and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize recipient
Sunil Saigal 1978 Punjab Engineering professor and a former dean of the Newark College of Engineering at NJIT
Satinder Vir Kessar 1953 organic chemist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
Veena Tandon 1967; 1968; 1972 B.Sc.; M.Sc.; Ph.D. parasitologist and Padma Shri recipient
Yash Pal 1949 M.Sc. scientist and educator [19]

Sports

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
Anjum Moudgil DAV shooter [20][21]
Malaika Goel DAV shooter
Neeraj Chopra DAV track and field athlete; medalist in the Asian and Commonwealth games [22]
Nripjit Singh Bedi 1958 volleyball player
Ravi Bhardwaj MBA basketball player
Yashaswini Singh Deswal DAV shooter

Others

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
Vandana Shiva 1972 BSc environmental activist


 

Alumni on Wikispooks

PersonBornNationalitySummaryDescription
Vandana Shiva5 November 1952IndiaAuthor
Activist
Philosopher
Environmentalist
anti-globalization and anti-GMO activist
Manmohan Singh26 September 1932IndiaPolitician
Economist
Le Cercle
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References

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  2. http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/chandigarh/3-872-appear-for-llb-entrance-at-pu/96994.html
  3. https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/panjab-university-overtakes-iits-jnu-in-ranking/article5422625.ece%7Ctitle=Panjab University overtakes IITs, JNU in ranking
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  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20110515161533/http://www.ugc.ac.in/inside/StateUniv_total.pdf
  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20180302172750/http://alumni.puchd.ac.in/distinguished-alumni.php
  7. https://web.archive.org/web/20180302172750/http://alumni.puchd.ac.in/distinguished-alumni.php
  8. http://www.infosys-science-foundation.com/prize/laureates/2018/kavita-singh.asp
  9. https://web.archive.org/web/20180302172750/http://alumni.puchd.ac.in/distinguished-alumni.php
  10. http://economics.puchd.ac.in/%7Ctitle=About Department of Economics|publisher=Economics Department, Panjab University
  11. https://web.archive.org/web/20180302172750/http://alumni.puchd.ac.in/distinguished-alumni.php
  12. https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/justice-jagdish-singh-khehar-sworn-in-as-the-chief-justice-of-india-117010400161_1.html
  13. https://web.archive.org/web/20180302172750/http://alumni.puchd.ac.in/distinguished-alumni.php
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  17. https://web.archive.org/web/20180302172750/http://alumni.puchd.ac.in/distinguished-alumni.php
  18. http://faculty.mdanderson.org/radhe_mohan/
  19. http://www.sac.gov.in/asac-leaders-yashpal.html%7Ctitle=Space Applications Centre
  20. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/im-happy-my-record-can-never-be-broken/articleshow/64007204.cms
  21. https://www.hindustantimes.com/chandigarh/4-dav-college-10-shooters-all-set-for-world-cup/story-IZazQ95NEabYpnNXKaqKLK.html
  22. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/athletics/world-record-holder-neeraj-chopra-gets-army-job-starts-supporting-farmer-father/articleshow/57604623.cms
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