Introducing Central University of Punjab

The Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (CUPB) was established in 2009 along with other new Central Universities by an Act of Parliament (No 25, of 2009). The University is now accredited with 'A' grade from NAAC. It is credited with highest per capita research funding. The university has a mission of providing wide range of instructional and research facilities across integrated and cross-disciplines, promote innovation in teaching, learning and research, and cross-pollinate new ideas, new technologies and new world-views. It aims to create an ignited workforce responsive to regional, national and global needs in tune with the requirements of academia, industry and business. The university started in a three-room Camp Office provided by the state administration in March 2009. Making a modest but speedy start, the university accepted on rent, a dilapidated campus of 37 acres of an abandoned co-operative spinning mill on Mansa Road, Bathinda. It had a tin-roofed factory-hall and a small administrative building. These structures were renovated and made operational. It is from this campus that CUPB has been working and progressing. The university has established a Central Instrumentation Laboratory, Computer Centre and the University Library to provide high end facilities to its faculty and students. Air-conditioned lecture rooms, well-equipped science laboratories, a 90-seater seminar hall and a 250-seater air-conditioned auditorium support the academic activities. Simultaneously, the arduous task of selecting enough contiguous land for its campus was undertaken. The Punjab State Government purchased 500 acre of land in Ghudda village and got it registered as a site for the new university campus. Adopting prescribed procedures, a 9 km wall was constructed followed by tendering for hiring the services of architect, Project Management Consultant and the contractors. Mandatory approvals of master plan, building plans, associated environmental clearances and also approval from departments of forests, roads, airport authorities and several others have been obtained. The construction work of Phase 1A is in full swing and allotment of work for Phase 1B (a) is done. The Foundation Stone of the campus was laid by the then Hon’ble Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani and the then Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Parkash Singh Badal on 7th September, 2015. The campus is designed to be environment-friendly and energy efficient conforming to GRIHA-I norms, perhaps the first such instance in the area. Over 20,000 (mostly indigenous) trees of 85 species were planted by the CUPB students, faculty and staff at main campus. The UGC authorized every new Central University to run 20 centres of its choice depending on the need of the area. Each centre was allowed positions of 1 Professor, 2 Associate Professors and 4 Assistant Professors. Currently, CUPB has 20 centres spread over 9 schools in areas ranging from Sciences, Technology, Humanities, Laws and Social Sciences. We have adopted national model curricula wherever available and supplemented it with the local, national and global issues. CUPB offers only Masters, M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes. It started with the first batch of 10 students in 4 programmes in August 2009 and now has more than 1100 students in different academic programmes. It is a validation of university’s growing credibility among the students that in year 2017-18, a total of 30,101 applications received for 726 seats for admission to Master Programmes through CUCET, making a demand ratio of 1:41. For Ph.D. programmes, 7281 applications received for 100 seats, making the demand ratio of 1:72. Besides celebrating international and national commemorative days, students are encouraged to organize annual sports and cultural events during the Foundation Week in February every year. CUPB is committed to the social cause of not only the region, but the whole nation, and actively participates in events like “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” and Vittiya Saksharta Abhiyan (VISAKA). To cater to the financial need of students, the university provides scholarships and interest-free loans out of the Students Welfare Fund and has also implemented Earn-While-You-Learn scheme. In spite of the locational disadvantage, CUPB in true sense is a multi-cultural mini India as it supports students from 28 states, faculty from 18 states and non-teaching staff from 12 states. The university takes pride in its exceptionally qualified and committed faculty. All Assistant Professors (except two in Computer Science and Technology) have a doctoral degree and are NET qualified. With a much-focussed approach, the university is undoubtedly poised to write a new chapter on the academic horizon of India.