ABOUT THE ORGANISERS

About Punjabi University

Punjab Assembly established Punjabi University, Patiala under the Punjab Act No. 35 of 1961. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the then President of India laid foundation of Punjabi University on June 24, 1962. Established on April 30, 1962 in the erstwhile princely state of Patiala with the main objective of furthering the cause of Punjabi language, art and literature, Punjabi University has since evolved into the largest University in the state. This is the second University in the world to be named after a language, the first being Hebrew University of Israel. Its vision is to establish and incorporate a University for the advancement of Punjabi studies and development of Punjabi language as a medium of instruction or otherwise for providing instruction in humanistic and scientific subjects and generally for the promotion of education and research. The University started working from its present lush green, pollution free316 acres campus since 1965. Over the time since its inception, the University has evolved into a multi-faceted and multi-faculty educational institution for the promotion of higher education and research in Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Engineering Languages, Technology and many more.

The University has not only contributed immensely to the development of literature and culture but has also emerged as a key institution for imparting teaching and for carrying out research in life sciences, physical sciences, medicine, engineering and technology, business studies, law, social sciences, languages, education, information sciences, and arts and culture. Ensuring quality education has been on top of the agenda of this University, which has done exceedingly well on the parameters of quality in higher education prescribed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). NAAC has awarded the University ‘Five Star’ grade in the first cycle (2002-07) and ‘A’ grade in the second (2008-13) and the third (2016-23) cycles. It has the distinction of winnings 10 times (and six times in a row) the MaulanaAbulKalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy awarded by Government of India for promoting competitive sports at the University level to the Best Performing University.

About CDEIS Centre

The Centre for Development Economics and Innovation Studies (CDEIS) was established with financial support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of India at Punjabi University, Patiala in April, 2012. The CDEIS is a research organization with worldwide activities and interests. Its purpose is to develop network of researchers working in the areas of development process and policy making in the emerging economies. The Centre has been focusing on comparative studies that unravel the effects of science and technology flows between these countries and those that developed earlier.

The Centre is engaged in conducting research studies in the areas of national innovation system and innovation policies, organizes Conferences and workshops as well as field surveys and training programmes. The CDEIS invites well known scholars from India and abroad as visiting Professors/fellows and has also started invited lecture series with the aim of enhancing and strengthening the knowledge and research base of the faculty. The preliminary research work of the Centre is distributed in the form of Policy Papers and Discussion Papers.

The Centre has emerged as the think tank involving scholars from various developed and developing countries. It has organized international conferences and research projects in collaboration with reputed universities and research centres such as University California, Santa Cruz, USA and Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea. The Secretariat of the INDIALICS – a chapter of GLOBELICS is being hosted in the Centre. The Centre has hosted TIES (The Indian Econometrics Society) 2014 Annual Conference.

About Patiala

Patiala is one of the erstwhile princely cities of Punjab that enjoys a rich historical and cultural backdrop endemic to its own. Nestled comfortably where urban Punjab meets the rural, it offers best of both the worlds – malls and shopping centers alongside buildings reminiscing colonial and temple architecture. The several historical sites of Patiala like Qila Mubarak, MotiBagh Palace, Sheesh Mahal and Bahadurgarh Fort sit next to vibrant, bustling bazaars offering visitors a unique Patiala experience.

How to reach Patiala

By Air:

Patiala has no airport of its own. One has to take flight to the closest airport of Chandigarh, which is located at a distance of only 55 km from Patiala. From Chandigarh one can hire taxi or bus and travel down to Patiala conveniently.

By Rail:

Patiala has a railway station of its own, connecting it with all the key destinations in India, such as Delhi, Mumbai, etc. Apart from that, Chandigarh and Ambala present the two nearest rail links from the place. The station of the city is named as PATIALA and its station code is PTA. The station is well-connected to a number of Indian cities. Some of the major routes include Ambala Cant Jn, Jaipur, and Delhi. There are daily trains connecting Ambala Cant Jn to Patiala, Jaipur to Patiala, and Delhi to Patiala. Some of the popular trains traveling to Patiala are Amritsar Express (11057), ToofanExp(13008) to Kalka, and AsrLtt Express(11058) to Mumbai. Details on trains for Patiala/Ambala are available on https://indiarailinfo.com and also on conference.isleijle.org

A convenient way to travel to Patiala is from AmbalaCantt junction (code UMB) which is at a distance of appx. 50 kms from Punjabi University, Patiala.AmbalaCantt. Junction is a major station where a large number of trains (including Shatabdis) pass through from various parts of the country.

Delegates/participants will be received by the organizers at AmbalaCantt. and the Patiala railway stations.


By Road

Patiala lies off the excellent National Highway No.1 (Delhi-Amritsar) and is just 250 km from Delhi. There are number of government and private buses running from Delhi to Patiala. Upon early request, most buses drop off by Punjabi University campus as well. One can also drive to Patiala from Chandigarh, via Zirakpur (on NH22) and Rajpura. The driving time from Delhi to Patiala is about four and half hours.

Weather in Patiala in December

The best season to visit Patiala is the winter season. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for sightseeing. The climate is cool and the temperature ranges from 5°C to 24°C. Delegates/Participants are recommended to carry adequate warm clothes.




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