Guru Nanak Dev University
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|Motto||ਗੁਰ ਗਿਆਨ ਦੀਪਕ ਉਜਿਆਰੀਆ|
Motto in English
|The Lamp of Guru’s wisdom Illuminates and Enlightens|
|Chancellor||Governor of Punjab (India)|
|Vice-Chancellor||Ajaib Singh Brar|
|Location||Amritsar, Punjab, India
500 acres (2 km²) (Main Campus)
Guru Nanak Dev University (Punjabi: ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ ਦੇਵ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀ; G.N.D.U.) was established at Amritsar, India on November 24, 1969 to commemorate Guru Nanak Dev's birth quincentenary celebrations. Guru Nanak Dev University campus is spread over 500 acres (2 km²) near village of Kot Khalsa, nearly 8 km west of the Amritsar City on Amritsar - Lahore highway, next to Khalsa College, Amritsar. Recently, Guru Nanak Dev University has attained the highest status of University with Potential for Excellence (UPE) by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
G.N.D.U. is both a residential and an affiliating university. In conceiving its future course, the objectives enshrined in the Act 1969 emphasized that the new university would make provision for imparting education and promoting research in the humanities, learned professions, sciences, especially of applied nature and technology. Studies and research on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak, in addition to working towards the promotion of Punjabi language and spreading education among educationally backward classes and communities were the other commitments.
Guru Nanak Dev University campus is spread over 500 acres (2 km²) near the village of Kot Khalsa, some 8 km west of the Amritsar City on Amritsar - Lahore highway, next to Khalsa College, Amritsar. G.N.D.U. presents a picture of modern architecture. Traditional red brick geometrical blocks represent its regard for time-honored values and its commitment to scientific advancement. Making its humble beginning in an annex of the adjoining Khalsa College, the university today boasts 37 academic departments, two regional centers, three constituent colleges and a score of support service departments together with several administrative offices.
Former vice chancellors
- Bishan Singh Samundri (1969 to 1978)
- Karam Singh Gill (1978 to 1981)
- J. S. Grewal (1981 to 1984)
- S. S. Bal (1985 to 1988)
- Gurdip Singh Randhawa (1989 to 1996)
- Harbhajan Singh Soch (1996 to 2001)
- S. P. Singh (2001 to 2006)
- Jairup Singh (2006 to February 2009)
- Ajaib Singh Brar (2009, currently in the position)
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