Guru Nanak Dev University is celebrating its 49th Foundation Day
With Bouquet of achievements and new hopes, Guru Nanak Dev University is celebrating its 49th Foundation Day on November 24, 2018, which was established to mark the birth quincentenary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji on
November 24, 1969, the apostle of universal brotherhood and founder of Sikhism. Continuing its tradition, scholars from different disciplines have been invited to deliver academic lectures on the philosophy of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji and celebrate this day with great reverence. This year Prof. Ved Parkash, Former Chairman, University Grant Commission, New Delhi and Prof. Charan Singh, Non-Executive Chairman, Punjab & Sind Bank would participate and deliver lectures on “Life and Teachings of Guru Nanak Dev ji.”
It is pertinent to mention that this year Guru Nanak Dev University is also entering into 50 years of its existence and also commencing golden jubilee celebrations from 24th of this month. The University has achieved many feats this year, and successfully registered its presence at both national & international level. The credit, for this, goes to the innovative and visionary outlook of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Jaspal Singh Sandhu, who took an initiative of reviving the University campus so as to scale the new heights of success and indeed he has successfully achieved his mission. The University campus has been revamped and given a new look. Some of the remarkable achievements include the implementation of beneficiary schemes for students, and employees, landscaping and eco-friendly innovations.
Guru Nanak Dev University has been granted “Category One” status, the only university to earn this elite status in the region of Punjab and Chandigarh. GNDU has also won both the North Zone and National Inter-University Youth Festivals this year. With the highest score in sports performance of more than one lac, GNDU has been awarded the prestigious Maulana Abul Kalam Azad trophy for overall excellence in sports for this year. GNDU has been ranked second amongst the cleanest higher educational institutions in the country in the category of Government Universities by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India.
The various Student-centric activities introduced in the last year include establishment of various student clubs, creation of a Facilitation centre, a one-point remedy centre for all student issues, induction courses for students, facility of POS machines for cashless payments, involvement of students in the newly constituted Research Development Board to advise the administration regarding the various activities to improve the academic and research environment of the university, renovation of the Swimming Pool and creation of the art gymnasium, the introduction of bicycles and e-rickshaws to curb carbon emission into the environment, upgradation of dining halls in the hostels, repairing of washrooms in the hostels and installation of 70 water coolers with RO to provide clean drinking water in departments.
The Faculty-Centric activities in the last year include the appointment of new faculty members and encouraging research environment which has led to increases in H-Index of the university to 88 among others. The promotion of many faculty members under CAS has been done in accordance with the UGC guidelines. It is also important to note that the Field-Weighted Citation Impact of the university is much higher than Panjab University, Chandigarh, Punjabi University, Patiala and IISER, Mohali. Other various quality initiatives include the establishment of the Centre for Data Analytics and Research and inviting examiners for Ph.D. from all over the country.
There has also been the focus on the upgradation of infrastructure: with the ongoing construction of new auditorium and upgradation of the Dasmesh Auditorium. The Rooftop solar panels have been installed on most of the buildings with the support of Solar Energy Corporation of India. Boom Barriers have been installed to improve the working environment and for traffic regulation, two large parking lots have been constructed near the two entry gates for the said purpose. The reading room of the library has also been upgraded. A massive tree plantation campaign has been undertaken focusing on safe environment.
The concept of Pre-Board of Studies has been introduced to increase the students’ involvement in the functioning of the university, where the students are involved in updating of the syllabus. For providing impetus to a meaningful research, the Research Degree Boards have been reintroduced with a significant space for the scholars from institutes of national repute and eminent universities.
The University has approved the establishment of two new departments from next year; the Department of Agriculture which will focus on Applied Agriculture rather than the Conventional Agriculture and the Department of Mass Communication.
The university has also received various grants from Govt. of India which include Rs. 2.25 Crores from MHRD for infrastructure development, Rs. 25 Crores for MYAS-GNDU department, Rs.5 Crores for Auditorium and upgradation of FDC, Rs. 100 Crores for Infrastructure upgradation, Rs.7 Crores for providing facilities in FDC, Rs. 5.7 Crores for School of Education and support for Botanical Garden. Rs. 25 Crores special grant by the government of Punjab for upgradation of infrastructure of the university. The Govt. of Punjab has approved the establishment of two chairs in GNDU; Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar Chair and Baba Budha ji Chair and has allocated Rs. 7 Crores for each of them.
The introduction of Interactive website, online admission, hostel allocation, Transcripts, Guest House booking, approval of committees for College Development Council and File Tracking System are part of the digital initiatives taken by the university. National Academic Depositary (NAD) has been finalized and a new Alumni website with data regarding donations has been launched. The e-working is being promoted at the University Campus. The campus placements rate of the university has improved. Many students have got jobs in different multinational companies.
With the able leadership and motivation of the Worthy Vice Chancellor, committed faculty and employees, the university strives to achieve the lofty goals, for which it was founded after the name of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.