Guru Nanak Dev University

Guru Nanak Dev University (G.N.D.U.) was established at Amritsar, Punjab, India on 24 November 1969 to commemorate Guru Nanak Dev's birth quincentenary. Guru Nanak Dev University's campus is spread over 500 acres (2 km²) near village of Kot Khalsa, nearly 8 km west of the Amritsar, next to Khalsa College, Amritsar. G.N.D.U. is both a residential and an affiliating university. In conceiving its future course, the objectives enshrined in the Act 1969 emphasized that the new university would make provision for imparting education and promoting research in the humanities, learned professions, sciences, especially of applied nature and technology. Studies and research on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak, in addition to working towards the promotion of Punjabi language and spreading education among educationally backward classes and communities were the other commitments.


Guru Nanak Dev University campus is spread over 500 acres (2 km²) near the village of Kot Khalsa, some 8 km west of the Amritsar City on Amritsar - Lahore highway, next to Khalsa College, Amritsar. G.N.D.U. presents a picture of modern architecture. Traditional red brick geometrical blocks represent its regard for time-honored values and its commitment to scientific advancement. Making its humble beginning in an annex of the adjoining Khalsa College, the university today boasts 37 academic departments, two regional centers, three constituent colleges and a score of support service departments together with several administrative offices.


The National Assessment and Accreditation Council accredited the university at the five-star level. Later, it was accredited at NAAC Grade "A" with a CGPA of 3.5. Most recently, it has been accredited with NAAC CGPA 3.51, enshrined with the esteemed "University with Potential for Excellence" and "Category - 1 Autonomy" Status by UGC and MHRD respectively.

Vice Chancellors

  • Bishan Singh Samundri (1969 to 1978)
  • Karam Singh Gill (1978 to 1981)
  • J. S. Grewal (1981 to 1984)
  • S. S. Bal (1985 to 1988)
  • Gurdip Singh Randhawa (1989 to 1996)
  • Harbhajan Singh Soch (1996 to 2001)
  • S. P. Singh (2001 to 2006)
  • Jairup Singh (2006 to February 2009)
  • Ajaib Singh Brar (2009 to 2017)
  • Jaspal Singh Sandhu (2017–Present)


    The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked Guru Nanak Dev University 86 overall in India and 59 among universities in 2018. More recently, CWUR, a global ranking based in UAE, has rated it among top 8.7% Institutions across world.


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    Notable alumni

  • Satinder Satti, anchor and actress
  • Amrinder Gill, singer and actor
  • Ranjit Bawa, singer and actor
  • Surjit Patar, writer
  • Sugandha Mishra, singer and actress
  • Gurpreet Ghuggi, comedian and actor