Panjab University or Chandigarh University: Longstanding row over name

The row over the alleged video leak from a university in Punjab has brought in its wake another predicament — a confusion between Chandigarh University and Panjab University. A look at the two colleges, and how they are different.

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HomeExplainedNo, Chandigarh University is not in Chandigarh or related to Panjab University (PU)


No, Chandigarh University is not in Chandigarh or related to Panjab University (PU)

The row over the alleged video leak from a university in Punjab has brought in its wake another predicament — a confusion between Chandigarh University and Panjab University. A look at the two colleges, and how they are different.











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Ludhiana | Updated: September 20, 2022 4:10:07 pm



































Chandigarh University campus in Mohali, PunjabThe alleged video leak fiasco from Chandigarh University (CU), a private university in Punjab, has brought in its wake another predicament — a confusion regarding names, with students and faculty of government-run Panjab University (PU) in the UT, perturbed over the varsity’s name being mixed-up with CU.

Chandigarh BJP MP, Kirron Kher, on Monday took to Twitter to issue a clarification that CU was not in Chandigarh. Earlier too, PU had to put out a clarification on its website stating that it’s nowhere related to CU. The Indian Express takes a look at both the universities and explains how they are different.

Where are PU and CU located and who manages them?

Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, is a Central and state government-funded university located in the Union Territory (UT) of Chandigarh, the shared capital of Punjab and Haryana. Established as the University of Punjab in 1882 at Lahore (now in Pakistan), it’s new campus after partition was built at Chandigarh, under the guidance of Le Corbusier and moved to its present location in 1958-1960. During the reorganization of Punjab in 1966, PU was declared an “Inter State Body Corporate” under the section 72(1) of Punjab Reorganization Act, 1966, enacted by the Parliament. After Haryana and Himachal Pradesh withdrew from the fund sharing agreement, since 1976, the Punjab and Chandigarh administrations have been funding the university along with the Centre.

Chandigarh University (CU), on the other hand, is a decade-old private university which was established in 2012, with its campus located at Gharuan in Kharar tehsil of Mohali district, Punjab. It was founded by Satnam Singh Sandhu, a Sikh entrepreneur-cum-philanthropist, who had first started Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC) at Landran in Mohali in 2001. The varsity’s website says, “The name of the university is inspired by The City Beautiful-Chandigarh known as the epitome of cultural heritage and urbanization.”

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/no-chandigarh-university-is-not-in-chandigarh-or-related-to-panjab-university-pu-8160850/


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