Brief History and Present Infrastructure of Panjab University PU

Brief History and Present Infrastructure of Panjab University PU

One of the oldest institutions in India, Panjab University (PU) was established in Lahore in 1882, boasting a rich legacy of pursuing excellence in teaching and research across diverse fields, including science and technology, social sciences, humanities, performing arts, and sports. The University upholds excellence and innovation in academic programs while promoting outstanding research, scholarship, and teaching.

Panjab University is committed to attracting and supporting outstanding students and faculty who excel in teaching and research. In independent India, the university has a campus in Chandigarh and nearly 202 affiliated colleges across Punjab and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, uniquely catering to various social needs. The proud tradition established over 140 years of service to our country still inspires today's teachers and students.

Panjab University has a national identity and enjoys international status because of its history, experience, achievements and ideals. It attracts students and teachers from across the country, India, and the world. The faculty of Panjab University includes some of the most eminent academicians and scientists, and the university continues to attract distinguished scholars to its campus. Over the years, Panjab University has grown in reputation as an institution at the forefront of research, innovative teaching and community outreach.

In Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab, Pierre Jeanneret designed a beautiful red sandstone campus for the University of the Punjab under the direction of Le Corbusier. From 1958 to 1960, the university moved to this campus. Before the reorganization of Punjab in 1966, the university had regional centers at HP-Shimla, Hry.-Rohtak, and Jalandhar Pb. and affiliated offices in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh Academy.

After the reorganization, Panjab University became an inter-state corporate body serving the newly formed states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Gradually, colleges in Himachal Pradesh and Haryana were affiliated with their respective state universities, with Punjab University having affiliated colleges in the Union Territory of Chandigarh and parts of Punjab.

Panjab University Chandigarh campus houses 74 teaching and research departments, institutes, and centers and six separate research chairs. The university also has 202 and six affiliated colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh and regional centers at Muktsar, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur, and Kauni. Hoshiarpur also houses the Vishveshavaranand Vishwa Bandhu Institute of Sanskrit and Indology.