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Thapar University Patiala

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Thapar University was established in 1956. Formerly known as Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology(TIET), it covers an area of 250 acres. A renowned industrialist late Mr Karam Chand Thapar of the Thapar Group of companies was the founder of this institute. The main purpose of this institute is to provide training to undergraduates and postgraduates in the field of engineering and technology. It also offers courses at Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D levels. It ranks fifteenth in India. The institute lays strong stress on research. It has close contacts with the industry. In the last four decades, Thapar University has grown gradually in activities and size. Till today, it has prepared 10,000 engineers for the service of the country. The institute was granted the status of university by the University Grants Commission in 1985.

The University also participates in cultural, academic and literal activities. The yearly college fest is another attraction point for other colleges in Punjab. The event is known as “Aranya”. The University organizes its own literary-cultural festival in March by the name of “Saturnalia”

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Thapar Technology Campus and L.M.Thapar School of Management are the famous branches of this institute. The Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Park is also a part of this institute.

The University provides undergraduate degrees in Bachelor of Engineering and postgraduate degrees like Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Master of Computer Applications, Master of Software Engineering, Master of Science, Doctor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. The University has a collaboration with TTTI, Chandigarh. Recently, the University has introduced MBA as well as dual MBA+BE programmes in the field of management.

Contact Information
Thapar University
P.O Box 32, Patiala,
Pin : 147004
Phone : +91-175-2393021
Fax : +91-175-2364498, 2393020
Telegram : Thaparinst
Email : registrar@tiet.ac.in

Punjabi University

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Punjabi University was established on April 30, 1962 for the promotion of Punjabi literature, art and language. The campus is located on the Patiala- Chandigarh road. It is just 7 km from the city of Patiala. It is still the largest university in the state. The campus is spread over an area of 600 acres. Its faculty includes 500 lecturers. The strength of the students doing various courses is 9000.There are a total of 65 teaching and research departments at the university.

Six neighborhood campuses, five regional centers and 166 colleges are affiliated to the Punjabi University.
The university has set up a special Punjabi Reference Library. This library takes the responsibility of catering to the overseas Punjabis. Around 120 periodicals and newspapers published in world are available here. It also has manuscripts of the 19th and 20th centuries. The main library has a stock of 5,00,000 volumes and 600 journals. It has a grand reading hall for the readers. Online Public Access Catalogue is another feature of this library.

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Centre for Teaching of Punjabi as a Foreign Language (CTPFL)
This is could be an important medium for a truly global society. The Advanced Centre for Technical Development of Punjabi Language, Literature and Culture (ACTDPLC) is in the process of developing a software which could interchange Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi. For the development of overseas-based Punjabi youth, the university has started many short-term linguistic programmes. These programmes help to preserve Punjabi culture and heritage. A World Punjabi Centre is also based on the campus. It has another wing of Gurmat Sangeet, which deals with Sikh religious hymns.

In addition, for the upliftment of the backward castes, the university offers various programmes. Under these programmes, in 2004, the university set up the Yadavindra College of Engineering at Talwandi Sabo.
The Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan: It covers 84 acres of land and has a built-up area of 3.75 lakh sq. ft. The university spent Rs.25 crore on the state-of-the-art infrastructure which consist of seven computer labs, boys’ and girls’ hostels, play fields, a mechanical engineering workshop and a language lab for improving rural students’ communication skills. Rs 1.10 crore were spent by the university on the renewal of equipments used by the neighborhood campuses. The university has announced vocational courses for these campuses. The Planning Commission of India has sanctioned Rs 10 crore for betterment of these campuses. The University allocated another Rs 10 crore for the fixed assets of campus.

The University College of Engineering (UCoE) which was established in 2003, now has become the second preferred engineering institute in Punjab, with a placement rate of 95 percent. It has the second largest building infrastructure in Punjab.

Higher Education Institutes In Patiala

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Mohindra College of Patiala
The Mohindra College is one of the oldest institute of higher studies in northwest India. The college was established for the people of Patiala in 1870 by the then Maharaja Mohendra Singh, a great supporter of modern languages. The college was started in 1875. The founder of the college was Lord Northbrook. Initially, the college was affiliated to the University of Calcutta when Calcutta city was the capital of British India. It is the first college of Punjab to get A+ grade ranking from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India. The design of the building is a real piece of art. The college remained the only educational institute between Lahore and Delhi for a long time.

The college imparts education to graduates and undergraduates in many streams such as arts , commerce and science. There are over 112 faculties in the college. The college campus covers an area of 21 acres. It is situated opposite the National Institute of Sports of India (NIS).

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The college offers many facilities like a computer center,a library, a men’s hostel, a health center, an auditorium which has a capacity of 600 seats, a botanical garden and a highly structured sports infrastructure, mainly for swimming and cricket.

The University of Punjab was established in 1882 in Lahore (now in Pakistan) and Mohindra College was its first affiliated college. After the partition of India in 1947, the college came under the Punjab University, Chandigarh. In 1962, when the Punjabi University, was established in Patiala , Mohindra College came under the purview of this newly founded university.

Mohindra College gets funds from the University Grants Commission and the Punjab Government but the campus is maintained by the Public Works Department of the State government. The college provides help to students from the disadvantaged sections of society.

On March 14, 1988, a postage stamp on Mohindra College, Patiala was issued by Indian government to honour the old reputed college. Many students from distant places come here for receiving education.

Multani Mal Modi College
This college was started in 1967 by Mr Gujjar Mal Modi an industrialist and philanthropist. The then governor of Punjab, Dr Dharam Vira ICS laid the institue’s foundation stone on September 21, 1966. The first session of this college commenced in July 1967. At present, the Rai Bahadur Charitable Trust and the Modi Education Society manage this college. It is affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala. The college is a co-educational institution. It has a superb and modern campus .Many eminent persons such as Giani Zail Singh, Sh. K.R. Narayanan, Dr. R. C. Paul, Dr. D.C. Pavte, Dr. S. P. Singh and Sh. S. L. Kapoor, have addressed the college on the eve of its convocations.
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Government Medical College
The Government Medical College is the second oldest college in Punjab. The college was established by the Union government. Prime Minister Nehru performed the opening ceremony in 1954. The college is attached with Rajendra Hospital, and the TB Hospital, both in Patiala ciy.

This is the biggest health institution and best medical college in the region. It has a beautiful building. The college has a big library with well ventilated reading rooms, a computer centre, a spacious auditorium and an open air theatre. There are four hostels; among them two for boys and two for girls.
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Government Bikram College of Commerce
This college imparts education in the commerce field. It is one of those colleges that teaches exclusively in the commerce stream. Graduate and post graduate courses are offered by the college.
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Government College of Physical Education
This college keenly works on the training of sports trainers. A person can study for the degrees of B.P.Ed and M.P.Ed from this college. The college is exclusively dedicated to develop talent among sports trainers.
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Government College of Education
This college is for students who are interested in the teaching profession. They can study for their B.Ed /M.Ed. degree here.
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Apart from the above institutes we also have the Thapar University and Punjabi University which are well known throughout the world.

Yadavindra Public School

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Yadavindra Public School is considered as one of the top Indian Public schools. The founder of this school was the late Maharaja Yadavindra Singh , father of Capt. Amarinder Singh, a leading politician of Punjab and a former chief minister of the state.

This school was started for the children of those families which had to leave YPS’s sister school Atchison College, Lahore, during partition of India in 1947. In reality, this is a sister school of Aitchison’s College. The school is affiliated to the ISCE Board. Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, near Chandigarh, is a branch of this school.The school has a good stadium, which was built in 1938 for the Commonwealth Games. There is a 25-meters long swimming pool with three playgrounds for football and hockey. It also has a horse-riding ground. The school has its own well-bred horses. Moreover, other games like badminton, basketball and table tennis can also be opted for by the students. The students also participate in extra-curricular activities. Its library has a vast range of books, magazines and newspapers. There are 1600 students and 100 teachers in the school at present.

Cricketers Navjot Sidhu, and the late Dhruv Pandove are some of the well-known students of YPS.

The school celebrates its annual day in February. Exhibitions are held regularly by the children. A strong point of the school is its lower fees as compared to other boarding schools in India.

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