Chandigarh:The Green City of India

Chandigarh – the ‘City beautiful’ designed by famous French Architect, Le Carbusier is known for its unique architecture and well planned landscaping. It derives its name from a temple ‘Chandi Mandir’ located in the vicinity of the site selected for the city. It is a modern city housing the Capital of two States Punjab and Haryana and the seat of ‘Union Territory’ Administration. Bounded on two sides by two seasonal rivulets, the northern edge of the city is the Capital Complex against the panoramic backdrop of the Shivalik hills. A harmonious blend of buildings, trees and other landscape elements, with the beautiful backdrop of the Shivalik hills, enhance its aesthetic value. The most fascinating feature of the City’s landscaping is perhaps the Tree plantation along avenues, open spaces, green belts and around building complexes. A number of beautiful avenues with conspicuous tree species, well wooded forests along the periphery of city, ‘Sukhna Lake’ against the backdrop of Lake Reserve Forests, green belts running across the length and breadth of the city and a beautiful ‘Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary’ on its periphery further enhance the ecological, environmental and aesthetic richness of the city.

Attraction of Chandigarh: One of  the main Attraction of  Chandigarh is its rods, classified in accordance with their functions and Surrounded by green trees. A complete  integrated system of seven roads are designed to ensure efficient traffic circulation.  The intersect at right angles, forming a grid or network for movement. While designing the roads architect keep is mind that the residential areas should segregated from the noise and pollution of traffic.

Tree plantation and landscaping has been an integral part of  Master Plan. Twenty six different types of flowering and Twenty tow species of evergreen trees have been planted along the roads, in parking areas, shopping complexes, residential areas and in the city parks.

There are more than 15 parks in Chandigarh and some of the famous parks are  Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, Government Museum and Art Gallery.About 2000 acres are meant for development of parks in Chandigarh. Pinjore gardens, Government Museum and Art Gallery are major tourist attractions of Chandigarh. Sukhna Lake hosts a variety of ducks and geese, and attracts migratory birds from parts of Siberia and Japan in the winter season.A parrot sanctuary located in the city is home to a variety of bird species.

Architecture of Chandigarh is one of the most significant urban planning experiments of the 20th century.It is also the site of some of his greatest architectural creations.The main shopping and commercial center of Chandigarh is Sector 17. This vast commercial complex is a pedestrian’s paradise with four main piazzas meeting at a ‘chowk’.  Showrooms ,  departmental stores, eateries, coffee houses, bars and pubs keep the visitor fully engrossed.

Other places to visit in Chandigarh are:
Bamboo Valley
Botanical Garden
Gandhi Bhawan
Government Museum

Chandigarh-based Panjab University

Department of microbiology, Panjab University (PU) in collaboration with the Association of Microbiologists of India (Chandigarh unit) organised a one-day symposium on the use of microbes, microbial products and biotherapeutics for societal needs.
The workshop was sponsored by Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the DST-PURSE programme and was attended by 200 participants including students and faculty members from various departments of the university and neighboring institutes.

The symposium was divided into four sessions that included an inaugural session and three technical sessions. The workshop was inaugurated by the chief guest, PU advisor-research and former director, NABI, SAS Nagar, Prof Rakesh Tuli who made the participants aware about the recent breakthroughs in the field of microbiology.

Dr LK Bansal, dean- research, PU, highlighted the various steps being taken at the university to promote research in the area which was followed by a brief talk by PU dean- sciences, Dr Naresh Tuli.

The keynote address was delivered by Prof RK Saxena, department of microbiology, University of Delhi, wherein he emphasised upon the role of microbial enzymes in the leather industry for more eco-friendly processing of leather.

The inaugural session ended with a vote of thanks by co-organising secretary, Dr DK Rahi.

Executive director, centre of innovative and applied bioprocessing, SAS Nagar, Dr RS Sangwan talked about major microbial products obtained from waste materials and synthetic biology. Dr Priyanka from Institute of Nanoscience and Technology, SAS Nagar, explained the importance of biosensors and nano-bioprobes in various diagnostic procedures.

Dr Arunika Mukopadhaya, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, SAS Nagar, gave a brief overview of immune system, immunotherapy and vaccines.


Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP) is an extremely important project for the Union Territory of Chandigarh as it provides world class integrated infrastructure necessary for the setting up of facilities/campuses by leading Technology Companies and other IT/ITES/BPO companies for the first time in this region. Chandigarh has traditionally been a city where not many multi-national companies had earlier set up their facilities and therefore a large number of professionals had left Chandigarh in the past for other cities, in search of high level employment. The level of educational facilities here had been much higher than the level of employment opportunities available, especially in the knowledge sector. North India, as a whole had lagged behind the southern States, and RGCTP is a major step in the direction of redressing that imbalance.

Chandigarh’s economy is changing in character as the knowledge revolution sweeps the country. There has been a decline in traditional industrial activity in Chandigarh and a rapid increase in activity relating to the services sector. This is a especially evident in the fields of financial services, IT Services, Insurance Services, Hospitality, Health and Education services. The emphasis of the Administration is to promote Chandigarh in the knowledge sector. A proposal for developing Chandigarh as a financial services hub is also actively under consideration of the Administration. Projects like Chandigarh Technology Park, the education city and the film city are further likely to boost employment potential in Chandigarh and also give impetus to the economic activity here.

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium

One of the finest grounds in India, the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali set the standards when it came to facilities for players and spectators alike, since its establishment in 1993. With a swimming pool, good practice wickets, tennis courts, an in-house gymnasium and good dressing room facilities, this is one stadium cricketers wouldn’t want to miss. Not the traditional Indian venue, this ground has generally had sporting pitches, with lots of assistance for seam bowlers. Known as one of the liveliest surfaces in the country, it later changed its nature and began producing high-scoring draws. However, the most memorable incident on this ground has been the semi-final clash between Australia and West Indies in the 1996 World Cup. It is now home to the IPL franchise, Kings XI Punjab.

Library and Information Services, Chandigarh

In Chandigarh, we are now in new premises next to the Elante mall, where we have a state-of-the-art new library with a dedicated training room and performance space.  You’ll have more opportunity to engage with the UK through the full range of our work in English, Arts, Education and Society.  You’ll see more events such as arts performances, film screenings, and reader groups. You will have more opportunities to develop your skills through our series of business and teacher training workshops.

Children’s Activity Classes in Chandigarh

Tiny Feet Giant Leaps, a mom and child center focusing on children from the ages of 10 months to 12 years. Children learn to create, bake, sing, stretch, dance, act and perform while having FUN!

All classes are an hour long. Drop-off classes without parents and caretakers are encouraged to cultivate a sense of independence in the children. We do have waiting facilities for caretakers/nannies while children attend classes.

Tiny Feet strives to offer an innovative learning experience through a variety of classes and workshops using a diversity of multimedia and methodologies. Our hands-on classes encourage children to think out of the box and be creative…They explore the world, learn to share, become more independent, build their confidence, and most importantly, make friends.

Chandigarh: The City Beautiful

The first planned city in India, Chandigarh is known internationally for its architecture and urban design
Planned, modern city, significant as a symbol of a developing, progressive and free India, Chandigarh is pragmatic mix of the functional and the aesthetic, romanticism blended with practicality.

Born as a direct result of a violent and black period of Indian history- the partition, Chandigarh has acquired the unique distinction of being a capital to two states. The wide tree lined roads, unique architecture, greenery, the Rock Garden and its citizens, all merge and emerge to characterise a city of the future, with no baggage of the past.

Famous as ‘The City Beautiful’, Chandigarh was designed by French architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, popular as Le Corbusier.

Chandigarh literally means “The Fort of Chandi”. The name comes from the ancient temple called Chandi Mandir, devoted to Hindu goddess Chandi. Located near the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas in northwest India, Chandigarh covers an area of approximately 114 sq km and shares borders with Haryana and Punjab.

Panjab University leaves behind IITs to break into World’s top 250

Panjab University, Chandigarh (PU) has beaten all 15 Indian Institutes of Technology to become the nation’s only educational institution to figure in Times Higher Education World’s Top-400 University Rankings for 2013-14.
Emerging as a surprise package, Panjab University, Chandigarh has left behind all the IITs to be India’s top-ranked university in Times Higher Education World’ Top-400 University Rankings for 2013-14. Announced on Wednesday in London, the rankings put the fourth-oldest Indian university in bracket of 226-250 way ahead of IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Roorkee, all four among only five institutions to feature in top 400.
PU, notably, is a full-fledged university as compared to science-oriented IITs. Other prominent universities including locally coveted University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Mumbai University among others didn’t find mention.
The Editor of Times Higher Education Phil Baty lauded PU for receiving high scores on citation impact, a parameter he pointed out showed that the research is being valued by global community.
Commenting on the ranking, PU vice-chancellor Dr Arun Grover was quoted as saying, “PU is India’s fourth oldest university and has producer luminaries like Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar and Hargobind Khurana. The university was ranked 380 by an international agency a few years ago.”