Chandigarh University is one such university which has reached great heights in a very short span of time. It was established in 2012. This university made it to the QS World Rankings 2023 in just 10 years. Satnam Singh Sandhu, who founded it, has a lot of name in Punjab. He earned a lot of name at a very young age. He is known for his social work and Sikh entrepreneur.
start with social work
Satnam Singh Sandhu is also the patron of Chandigarh Welfare Trust (CWT) and New India Development (NID) Foundation. Their organizations work on community welfare projects in Chandigarh. Sandhu, once a farmer, stepped into the field of education in 2001. Firstly he established Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC) at Landran, Mohali.
born in a farmer family
Satnam Singh Sandhu was born in a small village Rasulpur in Ferozepur, Punjab. His father was a farmer and he himself became a farmer. After foraying into the education sector in 2001, he founded Chandigarh University, Asia’s fastest growing private university. Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal was also an associate with him. Dhariwala went into politics but Sandhu did not like politics.
studying in a dilapidated school
While talking to reporters many times, Sandhu mentions about his struggling days. He told many times how he studied in a dilapidated government school. There was no class, his teacher used to teach under the trees. They used to take sackcloth and patties from their house to sit. After schooling, he came to Moga to do his graduation. It was here that he met Dhaliwal. Dhaliwal was elected head of the local civic body in 1995. Sandhu helped him in this election.
inclination towards such education
Sandhu did not study much. He told many times that his father and grandfather used to teach him newspaper editorials. From here, a different light arose in him about education. He traveled to the southern state where he went to several private engineering institutes and it was from there that he felt the need to build good educational institutions in Punjab.
Engineering college built by taking loan of 95 lakhs
Coming from the rural area of Malwa, Sandhu laid the foundation of an engineering college at Landran, Kharar, adjacent to the capital city of Chandigarh. In December 2000, he took a loan of Rs 95 lakh and built a college on three acres of land. Gradually this college grew and then in 2012 he established Chandigarh University. In the QS World Rankings 2023, released in June this year, out of 41 educational institutions in India, Chandigarh University entered the QS World University Rankings for the first time. It was the highest ranked institute from Punjab.
Controversy arose in the name of Chandigarh University
The name of Chandigarh University had sparked controversy when a sub-committee of Panjab University objected to its name. He said that a private university cannot use the names of states or union territories for private purposes without the permission of the authorities. He said that it is creating confusion among the students.