2019 – an another year of achievements for GNDU
Amritsar, December 31: Year, 2019 was registered its presence in the history of Guru Nanak Dev University as golden year of achievements. During this year, the University not only celebrated its golden jublee but also 550th Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The University also hosted 35th North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival and secured first runners-up position. Apart from this, a large number of International and National conferences, seminars, symposiums and other academic functions were successfully organized under the able guidance of Vice Chancellor Dr. Jaspal Singh Sandhu.
With a reverent intention to acquaint the younger generation with their cultural roots, GNDU has published magnificent two coffee table books, first was on ‘Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji’ and the second on ‘Amritsar & Guru Nanak Dev University: The Contours of Inheritance’.
A number of eminent scholars visited the University and delivered Guest lectures. Prof. Virander S. Chauhan, Chairman, University Grants Commission, New Delhi delivered Academic Lecture on New Challenges in Higher Education in India while Prof. R.N.K. Bamezai, former Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, Katra, Jammu delivered lecture on Higher Education Quality and Governance – What could be the right path? and Mr. Chiranjiv Singh, IAS (Retd.), President of the Alliance Francaise, Bangalore and former Ambassador of India at UNESCO, Paris delivered academic lecture on Nanak Panth – 21st Century. Hon’ble Minister Human Resource Development, Government of India Sh. Prakash Javadekar was the chief guest at 44th Annual Convocation of the University. The University honored Justice (Retd.) Jagdish Singh Khehar, Former Chief Justice of India and General (Retd.) Bikram Singh, Former Chief of Indian Army with Honoris Causa degrees on behalf of Guru Nanak Dev University in recognition of their contribution in their respective fields. An Award Lecture by Padam Shree Dr. Sunita Narain, a noted Indian Environmentalist and Activist, was also conducted by University.
Recently, HH Dalai Lama gave the message of peace & harmony in the Inter Faith Confluence which was organized by the University to commemorate 550thPrakashPurab of Sri Guru Nanak DevJi. The Confluence was an initiative of Capt. Amarinder Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister Punjab and was presided over by Hon’ble Finance Minister Manpreet Badal. The Theme of the Confluence was “Oneness” & the philosophy of Sri Guru Nanak DevJi. Mr.AnuragVerma, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Govt. of Punjab, Swami Shuddhidananda from Belur Math, Maulana Syed Athar Hussain Dehlavi from Anjumana Minhaj-e-Rasool (S), Delhi, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, former Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Gyani Tanveer Ahmed Khadim from Ahmadiya Muslim Community, Sister B.K.Usha of the Braham Kumari, Revd. Bishop Samantroy from Church of North India and Dr.Monica Gupta from Shri Aurobindo Ashram, Prof K.T.S. Sarao, University of Delhi, Prof. Azzizuddin Hussain, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Prof. Shankar Jha and Prof. I.D. Gaur both from Panjab University wer present and delivered their lectures.
This year, Guru Nanak Dev University celebrated 50th Foundation Day with great enthusiasm at various venues in the University campus. Academicians, scholars, students and eminent personalities participated in these celebrations and had Guru Ka Langar together arranged by the University. H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar delivered Foundation Day golden Jubilee Lecture and Mr. Chiranjiv Singh, I.A.S. (Retd.), Former Ambassador of India, UNESCO, Paris delivered an academic lecture in the Dasmesh Auditorium of the University.
Inaugurations of two major projects after completions included five conservatories i.e. Glass House, Fern House, Conservatory, Moss House and Net House (Rs. 75 sanctioned by Ministry of Environment & Climate Change, Govt. of India). and 1.8 mega capacity roof top solar energy plant (under Jawahar Lal Nehru National Solar Mission, Govt. of India.) were also performed this year.
Guru Nanak Dev University is the only University in the region to get the elite status of Category-I granted by University Grants Commission (UGC). It is the Premier University of North India with a score of 3.51 on 4.00 scale of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (Accreditated at highest level i.e A++ as per the new modified criteria) and it has also been conferred with the status of University with Potential for Excellence (UPE) by UGC and is amongst 16 Universities in the country which got this status. The University is constantly improving NIRF Rank from 80th position in 2017 to 59th in 2018 to 55th in 2019.
This year University was runners-up for prestigious Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy. Earlier, the University won MAKA trophy for 2017-18, for best all-around performance in sports, thereby becoming the only University at National level to claim this Trophy 23 times. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, has allotted four Centres of Excellence in Sports to Guru Nanak Dev University in the specialities of Athletics, Fencing, Cycling and Swimming. The Centres would be fully funded by Government of India which will identify young and talented sportspersons of nearby schools. The sportspersons of the University have made a glory for the Country and the University in 13th SAF Games (South Asian Games) 2019 recently held at Nepal by winning medals in different games.
The University is also placed among the top 8.7% Universities of the world by Centre for World University Ranking (CWUR), a leading agency in the world of higher education. The University is also the National winner of both North Zone and National Inter-University Youth Festivals 2017-18. In the National Inter-University youth festival, the University participated in 14 items of Music, Dance, Theatre and Fine arts and got medals in all the 14 disciplines. It has also been recognized as one of the leading institutions in India with the establishment of the first ever “MYAS-GNDU Centre for Sports Sciences and Medicine” outside the Ministry of Youth Affairs.
Being among the top ten high performing State public Universities across India, GNDU has received grants amounting to Rs. 160 crores from the Government of India. More than twenty Departments of the University have received varied grants under CAS, SAP, DST-FIST and PURSE. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has sanctioned the “MYAS-GNDU Centre for Sports Sciences” with a support of Rs. 25 crores over five years. Rs. 107 crores has been sanctioned for Enhancing Quality and Excellence in select state universities, Rs. 4.28 crores has been sanctioned for Faculty Development Centre (FDC) under the Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching by MHRD. Additionally, University has also received Rs. 7.0 crores for new Guest House, Rs. 7.0 crores for establishment of two chairs in GNDU, i.e. Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar Chair and Baba Budha ji Chair, Rs. 5.7 crores for School of Education, Rs. 90 lakhs for the improvement of Botanical Garden and Rs. 2.25 crores for Hostels’ Cleanliness from HUDCO CSIR. In addition, grants amounting to Rs. 482 crores from Government of India for establishing a Centre for Interfaith studies and Rs. 39 crores from the Government of Punjab are in the pipeline.
Guru Nanak Dev University has bagged the prestigious Top Position amongst multispecialty government universities across the country having big campuses based on a National level competition conducted by MHRD under Swachh Campus Ranking-2019.
Spread over an area of 500 acres, the University boasts of 40 teaching departments at the campus, 149 affiliated colleges and 15 University Colleges, which are located in the rural areas so as to make quality higher education accessible to the rural masses. The University has established the Directorate of Open and Distance Learning on its campus from the current academic session. The Departments of Sports Medicine and Life Sciences have been recognized as “Centre of Potential for Excellence in a Particular Area”. The Chemistry Department of the University has been granted Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) by UGC. One of the four Nodal Calibration Centres established by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre is set up at University campus. The Centre of Emerging Life Sciences equipped with the state-of-the-art sophisticated scientific instruments worth crores of rupees, a well-maintained Botanical Garden, Health Centre and Physiotherapy Centre are a few other assets to mention with pride. Reversing the trend of more and more students from Punjab going abroad for higher education, University has recorded a whopping 22 per cent increase in the admissions this academic session. A number of student-centric initiatives like Student’s Activity Clubs, e-magazine, GNDU-Talkies (Screening of English movies for communication skills) and involvement of students in preparation / upgradation of syllabus as members of Pre-Board of Studies, seeking suggestions from the students in “Innovation and Development Board” has helped the students feel engaged in the process of functioning of the University. The exhibitions of photography and paintings in the “The Gallery: History and Dreams” has given opportunity to students to showcase their talent and the University gives merit and participation certificates. An Amphi Theatre named ‘Golden Expressions’ has been constructed at the prime location near fountain, to provide a platform to all the students to express themselves. Representatives of the students from all the courses have been made a part of the Board of Control to suggest changes in syllabi. This unique initiative has enabled the students to be a part of the decision making process at the University level. Keeping the physical and mental health of the students in mind, the facility of psychological counselling has been provided. The hostel messes have been upgraded with introduction of high powered chimneys and introduction of buffet style mess.
In order to promote research, the University has established Centre for Data Analytics and Research (CDAR), to provide necessary support to the researchers and academicians to enable them to submit the proposal to Federal Funding Agencies and for sending research papers to high impact journals. University has attained the h-index of 101 with 7705 Scopus Publications. Also the Field Weighted Citation impact of the University is much higher than its neighbouring universities. University has signed several Memorandums of Understanding (MoU’s) with leading organizations to enhance academic interests of the students and to facilitate internships in reputed and international institutions and organizations. The University has established an office of PHD Chamber of Commerce in the campus. University-Industry Linkage Programme (UILP) functions as a facilitator to address the needs of both the industry and the University. The faculty from varied Departments has received prestigious Awards/Recognitions and attained research projects and grants from the apex bodies like the DBT, CSIR, BARC, UGC, DST, etc.
To make the University, Vehicle Free University the entry of four wheelers is being banned. Boom Barriers for traffic regulations have been installed and two parking lots have been constructed at both entry gates for the convenience of students at very nominal parking rates. The introduction of bicycles and e-rickshaws, as an attempt to make the campus secure for girls students, has also brought a degree of vibrancy in the campus. Massive plantation drive has been initiated to increase the green cover of University. Flower and plant show are a regular feature under green environment initiatives. The University has initiated Several Students Centric Activities; Facilitation Centre for Students has been established for all students’ issues. For improving the facilities for students, 70 Water Coolers with R.O. have been installed. Student-Run clubs have been constituted in the University to promote students’ social and cultural activities 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 and Go Green club. For the entertainment of students an International fame company SPIC-MACAY has offered to perform cultural activities without any charges. Students Wall in each department and Induction courses for the students have also been introduced. An Organogram for addressing the grievances of the students has been setup. The Students involvement has been incorporated 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. In order to strengthen the education quality for students, 20 new faculty members in various Departments have been appointed. Several teachers from various Faculties have been promoted under CAS from Stage I to II and Stage II to III as per University Grants Commission’s norms. To handle anomalies, an Anomaly/Modality Committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of former Vice Chancellor. The University has also introduced Induction courses for teachers. The Faculty Club in University campus has been Operationalized. University Health Centre has been empanelled in Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).
The University has undertaken several digital initiatives. It has increased the Internet Bandwidth Scheme from 10 MbPS to 1GBPS through National Knowledge Network (NKN), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, to ensure fast and high quality internet connectivity for the students and faculty. Research Portal, e-Transcript Portal, Online Leave Portal, College Development Council Portal and Faculty Profile Portal have been launched. The University is publishing a regular e-Magazine “Pixels” on University Website. Also FCRA registration is being done to streamline the funding offered by Foreign Alumni for the support and well being of the students. The University has also made its appearance on Social Media, with a dedicated Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter handle which are being constantly monitored and updated. SMS system has been introduced to keep parents of the campus students updated about their attendance. Computer Centre of the University has been renamed as “Centre for IT Solutions” and is providing IT solutions to General Public also on payment basis. Mobile network boosters have been installed in the Campus to ensure uninterrupted mobile signals. File tracking system has been launched to speed up the process of moving file along with tracking the status/delay of files online at any stage. National Academic Depositary (NAD) has been initialized.
A Standing Committee of Vigilance with former Educational Secretary, Govt. of India, former Secretary, Govt. of India, and former DGP as members of the Committee has also been set up to bring propriety and honesty in the system. A Consultant (Vigilance) has also been appointed. The University has constituted a Centralized Purchase Committee to make all purchases beyond 5.0 Lac from Vendors registered on Government E-Market Portal. As we move ahead with our new futures plans, we are going to be well placed to deliver our vision to stand as one of the best universities in the country, distinguished by a commitment to excellence.