From the Vice Chancellor’s Desk

Prof. (Dr.) Jaspal Singh Sandhu
Vice Chancellor
Guru Nanak Dev University, which goes beyond the lecture theatres to a place where experiments and experiences are the educators, looks beyond complications to elucidations that address societal, technical and commercial needs, and works beyond the laboratories to the research that drives businesses, establishments and society, has rightly 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. Being in the forefront of innovation, invention and novelty, a home to transformational research and enthused learning, the 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. With the forte to persistently endeavour to become better and the undying zeal to achieve majestic acmes, the University has created a niche for itself at the global level and as a result, MHRD, Government of India has recognized our University as one of the top ten “High Performing State Public Universities” across India. For sweating to reduce its carbon footprint and maintain cleanliness on campus, Guru Nanak Dev University has been ranked second amongst the cleanest higher educational institutions in the country in the category of Government Universities by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

As Guru Nanak Dev University is committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, our NIRF Rank has risen from 80th in 2017 to 59th in 2018 to 55th in 2019 to 51st in 2020. In World Universities Ranking (CWUR) our University is placed amongst top 9% of the universities. We have also won the highest sports award in the country, the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy, for a record of twenty three times. The University had been winner of both North Zone and National Inter-University Youth Festivals in 2017-18 and was runner up for the same in 2018-19.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. The University has received substantial funding for establishing Centre for Interfaith Studies and MYAS-GNDU Centre for Sports Sciences besides RUSA & other Grants. Two Academies for Fencing and Archery have been allocated to Guru Nanak Dev University under “Khelo India” scheme of Government of India along with it two Centres for Handball and Hockey have also been allocated to GNDU under the same scheme. Government of India has allotted us four Centres of Excellence in Sports (Athletics, Fencing, Cycling& Swimming) and sanctioned grant of Rs 17 Crores.

With a vision to shape the future of our learners, Guru Nanak Dev University is building a sturdy network of global partnerships by fashioning bridges with industries, institutions and communities. The university has also taken initiatives to make many of its processes digitalized. Our Credit Based Evaluation System and a well-developed Placement Cell assure the continuity of learning process and employment security to our students. In order to prepare the students for a highly networked and competitive world, the University supports their interests, emboldens them to develop individual perspectives, and instills managerial and administrative skills in them. Since we attempt to transform our industrious students into smart team players, ethical leaders and conscientious citizens, Guru Nanak Dev University has witnessed a substantial increase of 39% admissions from the last four years, despite an overall fall in admissions in the State

Moreover, admirable architecture, up-to-the-minute substructure in well-appointed laboratories, modern-day studios/classrooms for research and teaching, Guru Nanak Dev University is known to provide a conducive ambience for work which has helped many members of faculty and researchers win esteemed national and international recognitions and major research projects from the UGC. The provision of interdisciplinary relationship between science and literature, economics and environment, social sciences and linguistics, physiotherapy and psychology has brought Governmental recognition to members of our faculty. Many members of the University are serving the Government of India in the highest capacities. It is a matter of pride that the H-index of the University has increased to 110. Guru Nanak Dev University is a beacon of light in the field of education standing tall year after year with its worthy credentials, successful achievements and it will continue to excel with its forward looking approach. As we turn the page on 2021, it may be seen that the challenges we were facing in 2020 have not ended, yet the new year does offer a hope and a renewed purpose. We have and we will steer through the interruptions and trials caused by the COVID-19 pandemic with extraordinary resolve, humanity, grace of our community.

Prof. (Dr.) Jaspal Singh Sandhu


Vice Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab

Former Secretary, University Grants Commission, Govt. of India, New Delhi.