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Vice Chancellor's Message

My Dear Alumni,

Guru Nanak Dev University has become an institution of iconic marvel in academics, sports, sciences having been conferred the status of “University with Potential for Excellence” by UGC and accredited at “A++” grade (highest level as per modified criteria) by NAAC. More than twenty departments of the University have received various grants under UGC:SAP, DST-FIST and PURSE.

The Alumni Association of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar was first created in the year 2007 to develop a strong relationship between the alumni and the University for achieving excellence in academics and research. Over the years, the University has made phenomenal academic growth and is presently recognised as “University with Potential for Excellence” by University Grants Commission. The University Alumni have distinguished themselves through their commitment to their respective professions in a wide variety of disciplines. The knowledge and skills of the alumni can make a big difference in helping build a more vibrant GNDU. The association aims at better interactions between the alumni and students by providing forums and creating opportunities for such interactions. The alumni can interact with the faculty and the students, share their experiences and provide assistance in academics, placements etc.

The alumni can also help the underprivileged students of the University by providing financial assistance in terms of Scholarship to poor students, distinguished lecture series, research projects and infrastructure developments like Hostels, Alumni Guest House, Sports Fund, Extension Activities etc. and even for the social cause like helping the Marginalized Kids.

I am sure that office of Dean Alumni Association from time to time shall apprise the GNDU alumni about the academic growth and other activities of the University and invite suggestions from them for its growth and development to achieve academic excellence.

Prof. (Dr.) Jaspal Singh Sandhu
Vice Chancellor

Dean Alumni's Message

Alumni Association Guru Nanak Dev University (AAGNDU) endeavours to bring together the old students who have passed from university campuses & its constituent and affliated colleges to promote the GNDU-perception, provide them a common platform and strengthen bonds between Guru Nanak Dev University and its alumnus. The students and alumni of the university continue to excel in diverse fields of sciences, engineering, software development, sports, arts, management and public administration, GNDU today ranks among the top universities of the country. The AAGNDU supports activities of different alumni groups in India and abroad and provides a meeting ground to our alumni community spread throughout the world

The office of AAGNDU is situated at the Arts Block (ground-floor) in GNDU Main Campus and remains open on all working days from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm. The alumni can become member of AAGNDU by registering on the website http://alumni.gndu.ac.in and can update their information on the AAGNDU website. As of now, about 26000 alumni have registered themselves on the website.

The Executive Council of AAGNDU was established in the year 2015 for the smooth working of the Association and new Executive Members of the council are elected for a period of 3 years by nominations. Prof. Jaspal Singh Sandhu, the Vice-Chancellor of the university is the president of AAGNDU, Prof. Atul Khanna, Department of Physics, is the Dean Alumni. Dr. Karanjeet Singh Kahlon, Registrar GNDU is the financial secretary, Dr. Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh is the first Vice-President (alumnus living in India) and Dr. Vijay Kumar Babbar is the Second Vice-President (alumnus living abroad). At present the Executive council has full strength of 21 members.

The Association has created several GNDU Alumni Chapters abroad in US, UK & Europe, Canada and Australia to promote its activities in foreign countries.

The main objectives of AAGNDU are:

  1. To connect alumni, current students, faculty associated with GNDU.
  2. To encourage and support a spirit of community amongst members and to promote opportunities for the members to retain association with each other and the university.
  3. To maintain, develop and foster loyalty towards the university amongst the members and potential members.
  4. To strengthen and support the effectiveness, membership and activities of the recognized alumni groups and promote activities amongst them and to offer advice and assistance in appropriate circumstances to the members and the University.
  5. To make our alumni community vibrant & socially responsible and to assist GNDU to be visible at world map.

As a graduate of GNDU, the alumni are entitled to an amazing selection of benefits being provided by the University. These include campus-based facilities of state-of-the-art Gym, Swimming Pool, Health Centre/diagnostics tests and Guest House at discounted rates. To be able to take advantage of all the above benefits and services, the AAGNDU members can become a proud owner of an Alumni Life Membership Card, with a one-time life membership fee of Rs. 5,000/- from the members living in India and Rs. 15,000 from the members living abroad. The alumni can submit the Alumni Card Form to the Office of the Dean, Alumni Association, GNDU, Amritsar. Presently, the one-time membership fee can be deposited with the University Cashier or in the bank account Number 02881000052760, Punjab & Sind Bank, GNDU, Amritsar with the intimation to the office of Dean Alumni Association, GNDU, Amritsar. So far 100 alumni have enrolled in the Life Member Card Scheme. AAGNDU has been organizing seminars in which the alumni are invited to give presentations on their work and several notable alumni have given talks in the online and physical mode.

The annual alumni meet was organized at Sri Guru Granth Sahib Bhawan of the University on 2nd February, 2024. The annual meet was a grand success and attended by a approximately 400 alumni of the university from wide range of spheres such as judiciary, civil services, defence forces, industrialists, banking and academic institutes and managers from various private organizations.

The chief guest Dr. Harinder Pal Singh, Director of Fortis Escort Hospital & Research Centre, Amritsar, and GNDU alumnus chaired the meeting and Vice- Chancellor and President of the association, Prof. Jaspal Singh Sandhu presided over the meeting.  In his address, Prof. Sandhu mentioned that the GNDU is one of the top ranked universities in India and amongst top 10 universities according to MHRDC ranking. He further mentioned that GNDU is drug-free and has the second-cleanest campus in India. Prof. Jaspal Singh Sandhu said that the alumni of the university have risen to great heights in diverse fields. The alumni were holding key positions in the academics, judiciary, IFS, IAS, PCS, PCS juducial , Indian Police Services, Federal Services, Corporate Sector, Political Parties, Public/Pharma Sector and Punjab Civil Services etc. He provided details about the achievements of the University in academics, student enrollment, research, patents, sports, and honest financial policies of the university during recent years which has put the university in good health.

In his addrerss, the Vice-President, Dr. Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh appreciated the efforts of Vice Chancellor, faculty staff and students to uplift this university at an international level, and said that the GNDU will be an international level university, shortly.

The chief guest of the day Dr. Harinder Pal Singh congratulated Prof. Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Vice Chancellor for uplifting GNDU and taking it to new heights. He said he was glad to be back at the campus as he himself is an alumni of Guru Nanak Dev University. Furthermore, he highlighted that donations from alumni can further uplift the campus.

The purpose of the alumni meet 2024 was to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of its alumni in their separate disciplines, therefore it was truly unique. The association honored three alumni at the University’s Sri Guru Granth Sahib Bhawan with “Outstanding Alumnus Awards” in the fields of sports, sciences and laws. Brig. Harcharan Singh (VSM, Retd.), a hockey Olympian, 1975 World Cup Hockey champion, and recipient of the Arjuna Award, was the first recipient of the award. He is among the university’s oldest and most senior alumni. Dr. Vinay Kumar, an Outstanding Scientist and Head (Retd.), Radiation Biology and Health Sciences Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, was the second recipient of the award for his exceptional contributions in sciences. Sh. Vikram Chaudhri, a highly distinguished lawyer in the Supreme Court and High Courts of India was the third receipent of the Outstanding Alumnus Award in the field of laws.

The other distinguished alumni who were felicitated by the association were Dr. Suman Sharma, Former International Basketball player and First Vice Chairman of the Indian Basketball Players Association and Arjuna Awardee and Retd. Professor of Physical Education, Dr. Navpreet Kaur, Co-Founder/Vice-President, The Laxmi Foundation, Chandigarh, Mr. Sandep Mehra, Director, Chand Engineering Company, Amritsar, Mr. Anil Khanna, Assistant Customs Officer, Preventative Commissionerate, Amritsar, Mr. Jasneet Singh, Director, National Rubber Corporation, Amritsar, Dr. Premjot Singh Girgla, Consultant Dermatologist, Dr. Girgla’s Skin & STD Clinic, Amritsar, Dr. Harpreet Singh Grewal, Director, Grewal Hospital & Trauma Centre, Amritsar., Mr. Davinder Pal Singh, Founder & Managing Director, IK Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd., Amritsar and owner of Bakes & Beans, Amritsar, Dr. Raman Chatrath, Anesthesologist, Mr. Sandeep Bajwa, Additional Session Judge, Ludhiana, Mr. Daljit Singh, Music Director, and Mr. Parminder Sandhu, Director, Fine Plastics, Amritsar, Mr. Rajesh Seth, Director, Seth Industries, Amritsar and Dr. Rakesh Chauhan, Senior Radiologist, Dhillon Scanning Centre, Amritsar.

The G.N.D.U. Alumni Society has got itself registered under section 12A and donors to the society can avail of tax benefits under section 80G of the income tax act. An online portal has been created to accept donations from persons/organizations based in India. The approval under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act for receiving donations from abroad is under process. For donations to G.N.D.U. Alumni Society, kindly visit here: http://eservices.gndu.ac.in/donations/

The alumni association wishes to establish strong bonds with its alumni and continuously work for their well-being.

Prof. Atul Khanna

Message from Vice-President (Overseas)

It is my pleasure and privilege to serve as Vice-President (Overseas) of my Alma Mater. Established in 1969, Guru Nanak Dev University has excelled in academics, research and sports, and has been recognized as an institute of excellence by the national accreditation agency of India. The University has also set up international collaborations and signed MOUs with a number of reputed universities and institutes.

The GNDU Alumni Association, first created in 2007, has grown world-wide by establishing Alumni Chapters in Canada, UK and USA. Many of the alumni have achieved outstanding success in their career and have settled all over the globe; a number of them being entrepreneurs and prominent professionals in academics and in various industries of repute. The Association is largely aimed at facilitating interactions between the university alumni, faculty and students to advance the academic and research environment.  It encourages the alumni to share their knowledge and experience with students by participating in interactive sessions in order to help students progress in their career paths and secure placements.

The University is committed to providing equal opportunities, quality education and healthy campus environment to all the students irrespective of their financial difficulties, which requires additional funding resources. It should be our endeavour to support our Alma Mater for this worthy cause. It is my earnest appeal to all the alumni to work together with the University in providing scholarships to the underprivileged students, creating research facilities, and developing infrastructure for the overall growth of the university. All contributions, big or small, are important and can play a significant role in supporting the career goals of several students.

If you would like to start a lecture series, make a contribution to the university, or have any other questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

Vijay Babbar
Vice-President (Overseas)
Alumni Association Guru Nanak Dev University
President, AAGNDU Eastern Canada Chapter

Message from Vice-President

I congratulate the students and faculty for ensuring highest standards in the area of academics and co-curricular activities. My special appreciations to the worthy leadership of our Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Jaspal Singh Sandhu under whose guidance and command the University has achieved new heights and has been conferred the status of “University with Potential for Excellence” by UGC. The University has also been accredited at “A++” grade by the NAAC.

As a proud alumnus of the University, I have always tried my best to see this University in the top ranks in the list of universities at global level. My endeavours would be to connect the academics with the governance so that human resource produced by this University can contribute in nation building in true sense. In the capacity of “First Vice-President” of the executive Council of AAGNDU, my vision is to equip the teachers and the students of the University with core-competencies so that most of the governmental project-works and researches could be carried out at university-level.

We are thankful to our Dean Alumni Prof. (Dr.) Atul Khanna who has been doing tireless efforts in coordinating the activities of the AAGNDU. With my Overseas colleague Dr. Vijay Kumar Babbar, we seek valuable guidance, support and suggestions from our earnest members of alumni, esteemed teachers and hardworking students so that we could be able to shape-up our endeavours in attaining truthful results.

Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh
(Vice President)
Alumni Association Guru Nanak Dev University

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