Guru Nanak Dev University
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ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ ਦੇਵ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀ
|Motto||ਗੁਰ ਗਿਆਨ ਦੀਪਕ ਉਜਿਆਰੀਆ|
Motto in English
|The Lamp of the Guru's Wisdom Illuminates|
|Chancellor||Governor of Punjab|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dr. Jaspal Singh Sandhu|
|Campus||Urban, 500 acres (200 ha)|
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. The university is Entitled by University Grants Commission for offering higher studies degree courses online. Guru Nanak Dev University's campus is spread over 500 acres (200 ha) near village of Kot Khalsa, nearly eight km (5.0 mi) 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, 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 (200 ha) near the village of Kot Khalsa, some eight km (5.0 mi) 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.
|General – India|
|NIRF (Overall) (2021)||85|
|NIRF (Universities) (2021)||53|
- 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)
- Jai Rup Singh (2006 to February 2009)
- Ajaib Singh Brar (2009 to 2017)
- Jaspal Singh Sandhu (2017–Present)
Significant Achievements of University
Guru Nanak Dev University has been conferred upon the status of “University with Potential for Excellence” by UGC and accredited with “A++” grade (highest level as per modified criteria) by NAAC. University has also earned “Category One” status, and has become the only University to receive this elite status in the region of Punjab and Chandigarh. MHRD, Government of India has recognized the university as one of the top ten “High Performing State Public Universities” across India and has funded it under Rashtriya Uchhtar Siksha Abhiyan (RUSA). It is ranked as 53rd amongst all universities and institutions in the country by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). In World Universities Ranking (CWUR) the university is placed amongst top 9% of the universities of the world. The WEEK- Hansa Research Best University survey 2019 has placed Guru Nanak Dev University at 8th rank in North Zone Multi-Disciplinary Universities and at 14th rank in All India Multi-Disciplinary Universities. It has bagged 11th Rank in the State Universities of India in the “India Today Ranking-2020”. GNDU has been ranked 17th in India, announced by India Today (MDRA) survey 2019. The Government of India recognizing its contribution has established the Centre for Interfaith Studies and MYAS-GNDU Department of Sports Sciences and Medicine.
The university has made a mark in Sports having won the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy for a record twenty three times which is based on performance in sports in the university system. Under “Khelo India” scheme of Govt. of India the university has been allotted two Academies in Fencing and Archery and two Centres of Excellence in Handball and Hockey. The university is known for its state of the art gymnasium, indoor multipurpose hall, international level swimming pool, Astroturf besides other sports facilities. The sportspersons are supported for attaining excellence by MYAS-GNDU Department of Sports Sciences and Medicine.
More than twenty departments of the university have received varied grants under UGC-SAP, DST-FIST, and PURSE, in addition to the individual grants received by the faculty. Significant to mention here that the H-Index of the university stands amongst the top in the universities of this region at 112.
As a major initiative towards green environment the university has installed Rooftop Solar Energy Plant under Government of India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). The university is zero waste discharge institution. It has in house waste water treatment plant (ETP), Rooftop water harvesting & underground water charging units. GNDU is now a Limited Vehicle University, with this, entry of four wheelers has been banned in the campus. E-buses have been provided for hop-on hop-off facility free of charge for the students. International Students are joining the university under “Study in India” programme. For student centric initiatives an Amphi Theatre named 'Golden Expressions' has been constructed to provide a platform to all the students to express themselves with an open mic. Open Gyms have been installed in campus for the fitness. The students themselves are running the social and cultural activities clubs like Dance Club, Drama Club, Photography Club, Food & Fitness club, Nature and wildlife club, Literary club, Social Service club, Music club, Science club, Movie Making club, Fine Arts club, Go Green club and GNDU Talkies.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Bhawan
- Ajit Pal Singh, Indian Hockey Olympian and both Padmashri and Arjuna Awardee
- Atul Nanda, Advocate General for the State of Punjab
- Prof. Bhura Singh Ghuman, Former Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala
- S. Dilbagh Singh, IPS, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir
- Justice Fatehdeep Singh Sandhu, Hon’ble Judge, Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh
- S. Gurbachan Singh Jagat, IPS (Retd.), Former Governor of the State of Manipur (currently Trustee of The Tribune, Chandigarh)
- S. Gurtej Singh Sandhu, Vice President, Advanced Technology Developments Micron Technology, USA
- Brig. Harcharan Singh (Retd.), Indian Hockey Olympian and both VSM and Arjuna Awardee
- Dr. Harinder Pal Singh, Director, Fortis Escorts Hospital and Research Centre, Amritsar
- S. Kartar Singh Pehlvaan, IPS (Retd.), Former Inspector General of Police, Punjab and Indian Wrestling Player and both Padmashri and Arjuna Awardee
- S. Manmohan Singh, IPS, Director General of Police and Winner of Sahitya Akademi Award
- Mr. Navdeep Singh Suri, IFS (Retd.), Former Ambassador to Egypt and UAE and High commissioner to Australia
- Smt. Rajbir Kaur, Indian Women Hockey Player and Arjuna Awardee
- Prof. R. K. Kohli, Former Vice Chancellor, Central University of Punjab and Former Vice Chancellor, D.A.V. University, Jalandhar (currently Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Mohali)
- S. Sarabjit Singh, IPS (Retd.), Former Director General of Police, Punjab
- Sh. Satish Kumar Sharma, IPS (Retd.), Former Director General of Police, Punjab
- Dr. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, IAS, chairman, National Highways Authority of India, Government of India
- Dr. Suman Sharma, International Basketball player and First Vice Chairman of the Indian Basketball Players Association and Arjuna Awardee
- Surjit Pattar, Punjabi Writer and Poet (currently President of Punjab Arts Council, Chandigarh and Padmashri Awardee)
- S. Swarajbir Singh, IPS (Retd.), Former Director General of Police, Meghalaya (currently Editor Punjabi Tribune)
- Rear Admiral Yogesh Sharma (Retd.), Western Naval Command, Mumbai
- Satinder Satti, anchor and actress
- Amrinder Gill, singer and actor
- Ranjit Bawa, singer and actor
- Sugandha Mishra, singer and actress
- Gurpreet Ghuggi, comedian and actor
- Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police
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