Punjabi University was established on April 30, 1962. Originally conceived and started as a unitary multi-faculty teaching and research university and primarily meant for the development and enrichment of Punjabi language and culture, but alive to the social and educational requirements of the state, it grew into an affiliating one in 1969. It has since developed in significant dimensions and acquired a distinctive character among the centres of education and research in the country. The university campus is situated on the Patiala Chandigarh road, at a distance of 7 km from the main city. Sprawling across 316 acres, the campus is away from the din and noise of the city markets and roads. It presents a splendid sight of the complex of beautiful buildings which include:
- The famous Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan
- Guru Teg Bahadur hall
- Punjabi Bhavan
- Waris Bhavan
- Itihas Bhawan
- Audio-Visual Research Centre
- Metrorology Centre
- Science Auditorium
- Arts Auditorium
- Teaching blocks for Arts and Sciences
- University Library
- Punjabi Reference Library
- University Computer Centre
- Hostels for students
- Amongst several others, conducive to quiet and concentrated academic work.
The Main University Library, housed in a spacious modern building stocks more than 4,20,000 volumes and subscribes to more than six hundred journals. Latest books are added regularly every year. The library is kept open for 360 days of the year from 8.15 a.m. to 8.15 p.m. every day. The library has a majestic reading hall, which has a capacity for 400 readers where they can sit and consult reference books and other relevant literature. Special reading rooms have been made available for students who wish to work in calm and comfortable surroundings. The library is actively participating in the INFLIBNET programme.
A new specialized wing called the Punjabi Reference Library has been added in the recent past. The aim of this library is to build up a strong collection on Punjab History, Culture, Sikhism, Punjabi Language and Literature. The rich collection of this library comprises of nearly 99,267 documents out of which 57,719 documents approximately have been collected from eminent historians and literatures. These contain newspapers, magazines, books, diaries and manuscripts pertaining to the 19th and 20th century. These documents contain mines of information, which is of immense value to the scholars. 122 important daily, weekly, newspapers and periodicals published anywhere in the world are received regularly in this library.
- Library Automation
- On Line Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) since April 1998
- Database of 2,00,000 documents
- Internet Facility
- E-mail since 1996
- Membership of DELNET
- Participating in the INFLIBNET Programme
- Database of Current Periodicals
- Database of Backsets of Periodicals
- Current Awareness and documentation Services
- Periodicals Received this Month
- List of Additions
- Punjabi Press Anukarmnika (Indexing Services of Newspapers and Periodicals received in Punjabi Reference Library)
- Subject Bibliographies
- Catalogues of Donors’ Collections
- Book Exhibitions on Eventful Days
- Readers’ orientation Programmes for fresh entrants.
- Inter Library loan facility
- Computerised bibliographic & documentation services
- Reprographic services
- Microfilm reading/preserving
Libraries Outside Patiala
- Punjabi University Extension Library, S.A.S. Nagar-Mohali
- Dr. Balbir Singh Sahitya Academy, Dehradun (Uttaranchal)
- Sher Mohd.Khan Institute of Persian & Urdu, Malerkotla
- Punjabi University College of Education, Bhatinda
- Punjabi University Regional Centre, Bhatinda
- Guru Kashi Institute of Advanced Studies, Talwandi Sabo
- Punjabi University Extension Centre for Computer Education, Jaito.
The library of Dr. Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra, Dehradoon, contains valuable collection of manuscripts, rare books, dairies, tracts and memoirs. This collection is very versatile and scholarly.
There are four residential Hostels with 800 rooms for boys and three residential Hostels for girls. The Hostels have all modern amenities for comfortable living.
The University Health Centre
A well-equipped health centre with qualified physicians and paramedical staff is at the service of the students round the clock. The centre has a x-ray unit as also a laboratory for medical tests. Students of various teaching Departments at the campus are entitled to free medical aid by the University Health Centre.
The Computer Centre
The Computer Centre has established a local area network (LAN) and all University Departments enjoy the facilities of Internet and e-mail The centre as well as the teaching departments are equipped with the latest computers and software.
Students are encouraged to take active part in sports. Well maintained sports grounds and facilities for games such as hockey, football, cricket, basketball, volleyball, atheletics etc. as well as various indoor games are provided.
The Punjabi University has a large gymnasium and a hall for indoor games. It is one of the very few institutions in India to possess its own vellodrome.
The Youth Welfare department of the University organizes youth activities all round the year. The Punjabi University has won unique distinctions in Youth Festivals organised by the Association of Indian Universities in collaboration with the Ministery of Youth Affairs, Govt. of India, Directorate of Youth Services, Panjab, Directorate of Higher Education, Panjab and Panjabi Academy of Delhi State.
The University won overall second position in National Inter University Youth Festival, won overall chmpionship in North Zone Inter University Youth Festival many times, won overall championship in Panjab State Inter University Youth Festival many times and also won overall championship many times in All India Inter University Punjabi Cultural Festival. Students of Panjabi University have had the privilege of representing India in the festivals of India held in USSR, Mauritius, Spain, China, Germany and U.A.E (Dubai).
Apart from the above mentioned activities, the department of Youth Welfare organises Hiking Trekking, Mountaineering and Rock Climbing courses, holds Youth Leadership Training Camps, prepares the students for participation in all India level Youth Festivals, organises Rotract Club, Young cultural Club, Lee Club and Youth Club. It organises Yoga Training Camps for the benefit of students of the university teaching departments and colleges affiliated to the university. The department published the Yuvak Sabha Magazine and also holds literary and cultural competitions.
National Service Scheme (NSS)
The National Service Scheme (NSS) being implemented by the NSS department helps students to participate in different programmes of social service and National development.
The Transport department of the University runs a fleet of buses from the campus for going to various parts of Patiala City.