Punjabi University, in Patiala, is one of the premier institutions of higher education in Punjab, India. It was established on the 30 April 1962, and is only the second University in the world to be named after a language, the first being Hebrew University of Israel. Originally the university was conceived as a unitary multi-faculty teaching and research university, and primarily meant for the development and enrichment of Punjabi language and culture, but alive to the social and educational requirements of the state.
The university campus is situated on 316 acres (1.3 km²), on the Patiala Chandigarh road, 7 km from the city center. The University also has three regional centres, namely The Guru Kashi Regional Centre at Bathinda, The Guru Kashi Campus at Talwandi Sabo and The Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan Institute of Advanced Studies in Urdu, Persian and Arabic at Malerkotla.
The institution has over fifty five teaching and research departments, covering disciplines in Humanities and Sciences, as diverse as Fine Arts, Computer Science and Space Physics. The Department of Computer Science, in particular, has evolved into a centre of excellence, with graduates all over the globe.
It grew into an affiliating university in 1969, and has since developed significantly, and acquired a distinctive character among the centres of education and research in the country. This is partial list of colleges affiliated to Punjabi University Patiala.The recent milestone achieved by the university has been setting up of an engineering college of its own diversifying its area of education and research.
* Mohindra College, Patiala - Established 1874
* Multani Mal Modi College, Patiala - Established 1967
* Govt. College for Girls, Patiala
* Bikram College of Commerce, Patiala
* Khalsa College, Patiala
Scholarships are grant-in-aid to a student who wants to pursue education at Punjabi University, Patiala