Chandigarh University (CU Punjab) is known as the epitome of cultural heritage and urbanization. It offers a unique and inspirational academic model designed to match international standards. The University has a dynamic academician fraternity drawn from top universities nationally and internationally. Around 65% of the students come from 29 Indian states, 5 Union Territories and 30 Nations, so CU has a cosmopolitan, friendly and inclusive atmosphere. The campus never fails to make each day an entertaining one, read on to know the latest news, happenings at the University!
Chandigarh University designs Serving Trolley to maintain Social Distancing
Date: April 14, 2020
Social Distancing is the key that would help India to stop itself from entering into the third stage of community transmission and recently the Union Government instructed States and UT’s to observe social distancing while serving the poor. Underlining the importance of the call, Chandigarh University Gharuan has designed a special serving trolley which is being used by the volunteers of university to serve cooked meals twice a day to the poor and needy in the villages of Mohali.
“One day I watched a news on television where some NGO was distributing food to poor and suddenly there was big rush near the distribution truck barely maintain any social distancing,” said Rakesh Kumar Negi, a technical & maintenance supervisor at University, who is the brain behind conceptualizing the design of the serving trolley. The scene disturbed me that night and finally I decided to do something about it, he added. The next morning, the technician designed the serving trolley which he made from a waste cooler stand that was available in the university junkyard. “The trolley can handle 30 kg of food at one time and is useful to maintain the necessary precautions while distributing the food” added Negi.
Ever since the lockdown began, Chandigarh University has been running a campaign “CU-AID” under which food is being distributed for the poor, daily labour and needy in the nearby villages. Currently the university community mess is preparing and distributing cooked meals for more than 2000 persons and it plans to extend the distribution to needy persons to Chandigarh by next week.
“While the doctors and health workers are tireless efforts in protecting the precious human lives, it is time for the engineers to come-up with innovative ideas that can be used to develop products or technologies which can be helpful in the pandemic crisis” said Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor Chandigarh University. “Serving trolley designed by our staff member is one such small step to help humanity while keeping in mind all the advisories issued by the government”, he added.
Chancellor CU further said that, “The staff and management of Chandigarh University has constituted a campaign “CU-AID” under which funds have been generated by the university staff as we have donated one day salary for helping the poor and needy persons”. The funds are being used to run a community kitchen which is preparing and distributing food, free hand sanitizers and face masks. “We are also in the process of building a 100 bed isolation ward facility at our university hostel which will be fully equipped with all the medical facilities” added Chancellor.
Chandigarh University distributes food in villages amid COVID-19 Breakdown
Date: April 01, 2020
Amid 21 days lockdown announced in India, the daily wagers working in factories and construction labour are facing heat as they are facing challenges to earn and find food for themselves and their families. Rising up to the situation and with the spirit of gesture in times of crisis, Chandigarh University Gharuan is distributing cooked meals two times a day to poor & needy in the 6 neighbourhood villages Gharuan, Batta, Mankheri, Mamupur, Roorkee Pukta and Madauli.
The distribution drive started from the first day of the lockdown and will be continued throughout the 21 days period. The meals are cooked in University Mess and then transported to the different locations using the institution’s transportation. Participating in the drive, Jai Vardhan one of the volunteers said, “We are currently catering to feed about 500 persons daily but we can increase our capacity if the more demand arises in the coming days”.
“Although the Government of Punjab is ensuring the distribution of food to the poor and needy community through-out the state, yet as an institution it is our social responsibility to help the lower sections of the society in whatever form we can” said Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University. He further added that, “CU is also running an awareness campaign to educate the people and residents of villages about the safety precautions from the dreaded pandemic to be undertaken”. In addition the University Team is also distributing free hand sanitizers in the villages, old age homes and orphanages which has been prepared by the University Department of Applied Health Sciences.
Chandigarh University becomes Overall Champions at 35th National Youth Festival
Date: 31 Mar, 2020
Gharuan has created history by lifting the Overall Championship at 35th AIU Inter- University Youth Festival 2020 organized by Association of Indian universities.With this CU becomes the youngest university in the country to win this title. As many as 36 students from Chandigarh University, won overall trophy in Theatre & Fine arts and won 9 gold medals, 4 silver medals in different categories. Student teams from more than 93 universities all over India participated in the youth fest held at Noida. This was announced during a press conference at Chandigarh. Dr. A.S. Kang and Manish Jhangra from Department of Student Welfare, Chandigarh University were also present on the occasion.
Elated with this performance by the students of Chandigarh University, Vice Chancellor of Chandigarh University, Dr.R.S. Bawa said, “This performance by the students of Chandigarh University has been possible as they themselves are very talented and at their talent was nurtured by some of the best from the fields of theatre, dance and music.” Dr. Bawa said that there were some students who realized their potential about these extra circular activities after they joined here. Prior to this win, team Chandigarh University has shown glorious performance at National level youth festivals as the team bagged overall runners up position in 2019 while the theatre team of CU have created a national record by winning the overall theatre trophy consecutively for the fourth year.
Feeling delighted on the performance of team Chandigarh University, ViceChancellor said, ‘’By winning the Overall Championship at 35th National Youth Festival 2020, university from Punjab has reclaimed their hands on the overall AIU trophy after a gap of 5 years’’.It is an honour to announce that Chandigarh University became first to bring overall National Championship trophy in Tricity, he added. As many as 93 university teams with 1600 participants from northern India took part in various contests of music, theatre, dance, literary and fine arts this year. Chandigarh University bagged the overall trophy by winning 9 first positions in one act play, skit, Mime, clay modelling, on-the-spot-photography, installation, procession, Folk dance, Collage making, and Four 2nd positions in on the spot painting, poster making and vocal solo( western),Group song (Western) . It was on 3rd position in mimicry.
Team of students comprising of Arunesh, Akash, Ankit, Yadhunandan, Ankita, Raghvendra, Sukant, Jaya and Saksham Singh won 1st position in the One Act Play ‘’Kashima’’ , showcased the story of the girls who face atrocities and been killed. 1st positioned Mime titled ‘’Honor Killing’’ enacted on social issue prevalent in patriarchal society. In both performances, woman’s’ struggle for survival has been presented. 1st positioned Skit was based on an idea of today's world where we all are talking about women empowerment and equal rights, there are men too who go through various mental and emotional traumas.In total,Chandigarh University won 9 first positions in one act play, skit, Mime, clay modelling, on-the-spot-photography, installation, procession, Folk dance, Collage making while 4 second positions in On the spot painting, poster making and vocal solo( western),Group song (Western).
Aimed to promote new talent, Chandigarh University mentor students as all-rounder to render holistic development. It also provides competent Directors and artists who organize workshops and conferences to train the students in the field of art and culture so that they can compete at various international and nation championships
NAAC ranks Chandigarh University as ‘A+’ grade
Date:September 30, 2019
Chandigarh University has been awarded the prestigious A+ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The A+ grade has placed the University amongst India’s most elite and prestigious Higher Educational Institutions (HEI), which is maintaining top standards in delivering and disseminating of quality education to its students. Established in 2012, it has become the youngest university of the country to be Assessed and Accredited by NAAC. In addition, it is the only private university in India to bag A+ grade in the first cycle of the accreditation process and has also become the only state private university of Punjab to be accredited by the Council.
Chandigarh University’s Chancellor, Satnam Singh Sandhu said, “The University scored a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.28 on 4 point scale, and CU is the first university in the state to be evaluated by NAAC as per the revised scheme, which has made the entire process of accreditation even more stringent and challenging”. It is hard work done by our students and faculty for seven years that have resulted in getting this recognition which has endorsed our academic framework and policies that we have been practicing since inception, he added. The Chancellor said, “We have adopted a flexible choice-based academic model that gives freedom to the students to undergo learning in multiple disciplines along with transparent & continuous evaluation process that helps in the holistic development of our students.”
While explaining the unique practices being adopted by University, the Chancellor said, “With state-of-the-art R&D infrastructure available, our students and faculty have been engaged actively in doing innovation and socially relevant research for the society which has resulted in filling of 400 patents and establishment of 85 start-ups within a time span of three years”. The University pioneered to design & offer new-age programs in emerging fields and also customized the traditional programs as per the changing requirements of the industry which resulted in greater acceptability of our talent in the corporate world, he added.
Chandigarh University Punjab Achievements: More than 627 multi-nationals gave a record 6314 offers during 2018-19. The university sports-persons have won 10 Championships and 86 International and National Medals in various sports tournaments across the globe. The overall performance of University in different aspects such as Student Services, Research, Academic Model, Achievements of Students and Faculty in sports and cultural activities, Industry Liasoning and Acceptance have to lead to the achievement of A+ Grade in the prestigious NAAC Accreditation process.
Explaining the accreditation process, Dr. SS Sehgal from Chandigarh University said, “In the previous scheme, before 2017, the entire assessment was based on the peer team visit which was revised and now under the new process, 70 percent of the assessment is based on the data submitted by the institution/university which is assessed by the third party which makes the process of accreditation, even more, tougher & stringent”.
Benefits of NAAC accreditation will open various new avenues for the University and its students –
- students get a chance to learn in a cutting-edge environment and earn a degree that would have global recognition.
- get instant recognition of an alumnus of a credible institute and get better placement opportunities as the industry prefers hiring with higher-graded institutions.
- gets to know its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities through an informed review process.
- higher NAAC Grade of the university promotes various Intra & inter-institutional interactions.
- The research funding agencies and industry prefer professors of the A+ Grade Institutes or Universities for allocating the high-end projects.