Established in 1962, Punjabi University is located on Patiala Chandigarh road, about 7 km from the Patiala
. Its prime objective is to promote the language of the Punjabi people. It offers courses in humanities, sciences, fine arts, computer science, bio-technology and space physics. This multi-faceted and multi-faculty educational institution holds over fifty five teaching and research departments. The university has a well-equipped library and health center. Facilities for games such as hockey, football, cricket, basketball, volleyball and atheletics are provided. Hostel accommodation is available for about 2000 students.
The university has three regional centers.
Closest airport is Chandigarh Airport (50 km).