Guru Nanak Dev University

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Guru Nanak Dev University
Guru Nanak Dev University Logo.png
Motto in English
To serve Humanity
ChancellorGovernor of Punjab
Vice-ChancellorJaspal Singh Sandhu
Location, ,

31°37′45″N 74°49′36″E / 31.62917°N 74.82667°E / 31.62917; 74.82667Coordinates: 31°37′45″N 74°49′36″E / 31.62917°N 74.82667°E / 31.62917; 74.82667
ColorsSky Blue  

Guru Nanak Dev University (G.N.D.U.) was established at Amritsar, Punjab, India on 24 November 1969 to commemorate Guru Nanak Dev's birth quincentenary. Guru Nanak Dev University's campus is spread over 500 acres (2 km²) near village of Kot Khalsa, nearly 8 km west of the Amritsar, next to Khalsa College, Amritsar. 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,[1] 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.


Main Entrance

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.


The National Assessment and Accreditation Council accredited the university at the five-star level. Later, it was accredited at NAAC Grade "A" with a CGPA of 3.5. Most recently, it has been accredited with NAAC CGPA 3.51, enshrined with the esteemed "University with Potential for Excellence" and "Category - 1 Autonomy" Status by UGC and MHRD respectively.[2]

Vice Chancellors[edit]

  • Bishan Singh Samundri (1969 to 1978)[3]
  • 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 to 2017)
  • Jaspal Singh Sandhu (2017–Present)[4]


University rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2020)[5]88
NIRF (Universities) (2020)[6]51

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked Guru Nanak Dev University 88th overall in India[5] and 51st among universities[6] in 2020. More recently, CWUR, a global ranking based in UAE, has rated it among top 8.7% Institutions across world.


The University has been awarded Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy twenty-two times, the latest being in the year 2017–2018. MAKA Trophy represents the highest award given for inter-university sports and university sportsperson performance in international and national arena by the Government of India. The university has won the trophy the more number of times than any other university in India.[7]


Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "GNDU offers jobs to 21 M.Sc Chemistry students,placement toll 416". Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  2. ^ "NAAC".
  3. ^ "Our Vice Chancellors". 29 December 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Vice Chancellor's Message". Guru Nanak Dev University. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  7. ^ "List of winners of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy (1956-2018)" (PDF). Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (India). Retrieved 8 October 2020.

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