Panjab University holds first alumni meet

February 19th, 2011 - 6:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Chandigarh, Feb 19 (IANS) Panjab University, one of the oldest in the country, held its first university-level alumni meet here Saturday.Alumni of 1970 batch and previous ones were honoured with a memento and a shawl on the occasion.

Panjab University is the alma mater of many senior bureaucrats and senior politicians, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. However, he did not participate in the event.

Manmohan Singh not only completed his post-graduation in economics from the university, but started his teaching career with the same institution.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra delivered the inaugural address at the meet, which was attended by scores of former students.

After the alumni meet, various teaching departments of the varsity also held events to mark the occasion.

“It is a great feeling; meeting my college friends after so many years is really a great feeling. I cannot express it in words,” 76-year-old Keshwa Nand Munjal, who did his Bachelor’s from University College of Commerce, Jalandhar, in 1957, told IANS.

Panjab University was established in 1882 at Lahore, now in Pakistan’s Punjab. It shifted to its present campus in Chandigarh’s Sector 14 in late 1950s. It is now spread over an area of 550 acres in sectors 14 and 25 of Chandigarh.

The university has 75 teaching and research departments and 15 centres and chairs for teaching and research at the main campus located at Chandigarh.

It has 188 affiliated colleges across Punjab and three regional centres at Muktsar, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur. It also has one regional rural centre in Punjab.

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