Punjabi University Patiala, one of the premier institutions of higher education in the northern India, was established on 30th April, 1962 under the Punjab Act No. 35 of 1961. It is the second University in the world to be named after a language, the first being Hebrew University of Israel. Although initially the main task before the University was to develop and promote the language, literature and culture of the people of Punjab, it has since evolved into a multi-faceted, multi-faculty educational institution with over sixty teaching and research departments covering disciplines of Humanities, Commerce, Sciences and Engineering. Punjabi University takes pride in the achievement of " A" Grade status awarded by the Nationa l A ssessment and Accred itation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body of the UGC. The University has a modern, well planned campus situated on PatialaChandigarh road. Sprawling across 316 acres, the campus is away from the din and noise of the city. It presents a splendid sight of a complex of beautiful buildings which include the famous Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan.