Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib promoting value-based quality education and research-VC
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, a project undertaken by the SGPC is a missionary, charitable and humanitarian institution which seeks to impart inclusive education to learners from all creeds, castes and religions. Parkash Singh Badal, the former Chief Minister had announced during the fourth centenary celebration of the installation of Sri AdiGranth at Golden Temple that a university dedicated to the ideals enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahib would be established. His dream reached fruition when the Punjab Legislative Assembly passed Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University Act (Punjab State Act 20/2008) and the SGGSWU commenced its first academic session in July 2011. There has been no looking back since then. With all kinds of support from the State and the SGPC, the University has made rapid strides. In a short span of time, the University has emerged as a premier institution of higher learning in North India. Several innovative academic programmes in the fields of emerging technologies, sciences and humanities are being run by the University for the benefit of the students.
The major thrust areas of the University are the promotion of value-based quality education and research. It is a matter of great pride for us that research projects worth more than Rs. 2 crores have been awarded to the University faculty by the national agencies such as the DST, CSIR and DAE etc. A large number of faculty members are actively involved in carrying out research and publish their papers regularly in journals of international and national repute. Workshops and competitions for the holistic growth of the personality of the learners and for providing hands-on training in the use of scientific equipment are structured into the very curriculum the University offers.
In order to promote scholastic excellence and an interdisciplinary approach, the academic structure of the University has been divided into eleven Faculty systems. Under these faculties, the University runs twenty-five departments and offers sixty-degree programmes, various PG Diploma, Diploma and certificate programmes. The University offers PhD in twenty-one subjects. The University learners are provided with the state-of-the-art technological infrastructure by way of very well-equipped labs. In order to promote inclusive education and merit, several scholarships are provided by the University to the needy and meritorious students, students belonging to minority communities, SC, ST, J&K and single girl child students. Apart from this, fee concessions and scholarships are provided to meritorious students.
Modern life is characterized by alienations of myriad hues. The teachings of the Sikh Gurus, enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahib can go a long way in healing the rift which scars the psyche of the modern man by uniting him to his own self, the society around him and to the Divine Light whose residence is the human heart. The University has adopted five neighbouring villages. The University seeks to promote the holistic growth of the learners’ personalities. Hence, along with the pursuit of excellence in academics, there is great emphasis on sports, extra-curricular and extra-mural activities. As part of the University’s efforts to promote Sikh values among students, 200 Gursikh female students are offered free education.
This is owing to the University’s impetus on the overall personality development of its students that the training and placement cell of the University has achieved success in providing attractive job offers with packages of up to Rs. 12 lakh per annum to the students. The University Training and Placement Cell is wholeheartedly committed to getting each and every student placed in reputed companies. The University students, specifically from engineering courses are also making their mark in the R&D sector on an international platform. In a short span, the University has emerged as a podium for a bright future for young India. Under the patronage of the Pro-Chancellor of the University Dr. Ajaib Singh Brar and the able guidance of the Vice-Chancellor of the University Dr. Prit Pal Singh, the University is achieving new heights of success.