About Kurukshetra University


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Kurukshetra University, established in 1957, has a well-developed multi-faculty Campus spread over 473 acres of land on the south bank of Brahmsarovar.
Ever since laying of foundation stone by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the First President of India, the University has taken quantum leaps and has emerged as an advanced centre of Study & Research for quality education in conformity with the international standards. The University has centrally air- conditioned auditorium with a seating capacity of 2500 and 70mm projector, Senate Hall, Conference Hall, well-equipped Sports Complex (Play fields, Gymnasium, Stadium, Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts, Volleyball, Basketball Courts, etc.), Teachers' Club, Club for Administrative staff, 25 Hostels, (11 for Boys & 13 for Girls and 1 for Foreign male students), School, Health Centre, Business Complex, about 700 quarters for all categories of staff. Kurukshetra University has a rich Jawaharlal Nehru Library with more than 3.80 lac books, 181 journals (Foreign & Indian) and 15,328 rare manuscripts, Internet Section of 200 nodes, Computer Centre, Museum, Instrumentation (USIC) workshop, NSS Centre, Students' Guest House, Faculty House, etc. In addition to Directorate of Distance Education, University College and University College of Education, the University has 45 Teaching Departments on the campus and 369 affiliated colleges situated in the Districts of Ambala, Panipat, Kaithal, Yamuna Nagar, Hisar, Jind, Karnal, Kurukshetra and Panchkula.


Organizing Departments of KUK



DEPARTMENT OF of MUSIC AND DANCE

THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC & DANCE had originally been christened as the Department of Music and at present known as the Department of Music & Dance, it came into existence in the year 1975. It started its journey with students admitted to M.A. Music (Vocal) as well as M.A. Music (Instrumental) with intake capacity of 6 students in each option. Having taken into consideration the keenness and interest of more and more students aspiring for admittance to these subjects of music, the University on the recommendation of the teachers concerned decided to introduce M.Phil. Music (Vocal & Instrumental) w.e.f. the academic session 1981-82 with intake capacity of 10 aspiring students. Keeping this in view, the number of students admitted to these courses went from 12 to 36 in M.A. Music (Vocal & Instrumental) whereas the number of M.Phil. Students went from 10 to 15 at present.
VISION & MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT
• The department through its teaching faculty, students and non-teaching staff has a lofty vision about its march forward. We wish to cater to the different performing arts and popularize Indian Culture, Music and folk Musical forms & dances. The department also seeks the revival of the Indian Classical Music & dance by taking it to the door steps of the masses of India and abroad.
• We wish to refine the basic human instincts by inculcating in people the love & passion for music which is one of the greatest gifts of God to mankind.
• We desire for making this department a hub of cultural activities not only in Haryana but also at the national & international level. If only we could be given the regular teachers and other relevant staff in a foreseeable future! Only then shall we be able to deliver in a better way to realize our vision of the department.
COURSES
Sr. No. Courses Subject Seats Duration
1. M.A. Vocal & Sitar (Instrumental) 36 4 Semester (2 Years)
2. M.P.A. (Master of Performing Arts) Vocal, Sitar, Tabla, Kathak Dance 40 10 Semester (5 Years)
3. M.Phil. Vocal & Sitar (Instrumental) 15 1 Year + Dessertation Work
4. Ph.D Music with Interdisciplinary Aspects ---- 18 Months to 4 Years

TEACHING FACULTY
At present there is one senior Professor (Chairperson) and 14 Assistant Professors are working. All the teachers are hardworking and dedicated. All are very good musicians with very good academic qualifications.
COURCES INTRODUCED TO PROMOTE MUSIC AS AN VOCATIONAL OR JOB ORIENTED SUBJECT
The department took yet another significant leap by introducing a new 5-Year Integrated Course after +2 with intake capacity of 40 student’s w.e.f. 2009-10. The course is named as Master of Performing Arts (MPA- I, II, III, IV & V). The course is gaining popularity as it not only caters to the aesthetic needs but also creates opportunities for employment. The department has successfully been running this course form 2009 and many students are serving for music with their creativity and artistic skills in various parts of country and abroad.
FEEDBACK SYSTEM
All teachers are very dedicated to maintain a healthy and positive atmosphere in department. Encouragement for students to share their queries and suggestions for various innovative ideas for development of department. There is also a Disciplinary committee to solve students problems and maintain a healthy atmosphere.
TEACHING - LEARNING PROCESS
The teaching process is very innovative and creative. There is also a mixture of cultural and devotional aspect of music.
1. The day starts with the meditation and prayer session at 9.00 to 9.30 a.m. in morning.
2. The teaching method is performance based and total emphasis is on to make students self- dependent in their field.
3. Seminars, lecture-Demonstrations, Quiz, workshops are the part of teaching i.e. theory and practical.
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC AND DANCE INVITE VERIOUS PROGRAMMES
1. GUEST LECTURES
2. WORKSHOPS
3. LECTURE DEMONSTRATIONS
4. SPEECH CONTEST
5. PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL LEVEL CULTURAL EVENTS
6. SEMINARS
7. KAVI SAMMELAN
8. QUIZ
9. CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERTS
10. CLASSICAL MUSIC COMPITITIONS
11. ALUMNI MEET


THE DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

The Department of Philosophy is one of the oldest departments of teaching and research in Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. The Department was established in 1961 by KUK through the approval of Govt. of Haryana. It took a quantum leap right from the beginning both in teaching and research. The department has been engaged in improving teaching methods and materials in consonance with the requirement of the fast-changing scenario of Philosophical Studies. As a result, it has kept pace with the NET/SLET Programmes which is a part of UGC’s comprehensive plan to provide competent teachers to the nation. Epistemology, Logic (both Indian and Western), Scientific Method, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Social and Political Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Environmental Ethics and Gandhian Thought are the core courses being taught in the Department of Philosophy. Classical Indian and Western Philosophy, Modern Indian Thought, Contemporary Western Philosophy, Philosophy of Srimad Bhagvadgita and Buddhism are the thrust areas in research in the Department. The Department has produced more than 85 PhD scholars. Moreover, Department has started one new course i.e. Certificate Course in Bhagvatgita. Keeping in view the ancient cultural background and sacredness of Kurukshetra where Lord Shree Krishna delivered the incredible sermon of Srimad Bhagvadgita and taught the secrets of Yoga, this course has found favours with students from different streams.

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

The Department of Psychology came into existence after bifurcation from the Department of Philosophy in 1978. It is located at 2nd floor of Geophysics-Psychology Block of the University. The department is offering three courses i.e. M.A., Ph.D, and P.G. Diploma in Guidance, Counselling and Psychotherapy. The students/research scholars of the department are provided with extensive training exposure mainly in the area of Social Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Mental Abilities, Personality, Psychometrics, Clinical Psychology, Guidance and Counselling, Developmental Psychology, Research Methodology and Organizational Behaviour.
Presently the department has a team of five qualified and experienced teaching faculty members (3 Regular, 1 Contractual & 1 Guest Faculty). They are specialized in diverse fields i.e. Clinical Psychology, Mental Abilities, Psychometrics, Guidance and Counselling, Social Psychology and Organizational Behaviour. Some of the faculty members are well trained in the areas of special interest e.g. Behavioural Medicine, and Multivariate Analyses. The Department has rich laboratories equipped with advanced/latest equipment and can be considered as one of the most enriched laboratories in Northern India. The Department is also running a psycho-clinic which provides Psycho diagnostic and Therapeutic/Counselling facilities to community specifically for psychosomatic and associated disorders.
Achievements:
The department has Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Defence Institute, Psychological Research (DIPR), DRDO, Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, Delhi. Faculty members of the department are extending their expertise to DIPR in R & D activities. Recent DIPR got copyright from copyright office, Govt. of India for two psychological tests supported by the department in the area of Leadership.
Students’ Strength:
Presently, the department has intake of 50 students for M.A. in Psychology course and 25 students for Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance, Counselling and Psychotherapy. The intake in Ph.D. Course is decided time to time as per requirement of the faculty members.
Facilities in the Department:
The department has its own library which consists of 1146 books. It has well equipped computer lab with internet facility for both students and teachers. The department is having well-furnished experimental and psychological testing labs including Bio-feedback lab. To enrich the laboratories, a sum of approx. Rs. 10 Lakhs has been spent to procure different psychological test equipments under RUSA scheme.
Teaching Aids:
All classrooms of the department are equipped with smart class room facility. Similarly faculty members are having computer facility with WI-FI connectivity and printing devices.
Future Action Plan: The major action to be taken is to link the students and faculty members with Industry and Community awareness programmes to deal with various psychological problems and their management. To extend departmental expertise to various organizations and organizing more academic programmes to enhance the skills of the students and interaction with experts.

UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

The University School of Management is the oldest Management School in Haryana imparting business education and research. Starting as a part of the Department of Commerce way back in July 1973, it branched out to form a full fledged University Teaching Department in way back April, 1976. The University School of Management (USM) has since come a long way. Today, it is one among the premier management institutions in country.
Over the last 42 years the University School of Management has scaled enviable heights. It has produced management graduates who are holding positions of responsibility in industry, business and Government organizations. Its alumni are working with the multinational firms also. They have done their alma mater proud by earning name and fame while working for the transnational giants. Apart from the MBA programme, it provides facilities for Doctoral Research in all major business and industry domain.


DEPARTMENT OF SANSKRIT

The Department of Sanskrit, the first Post-graduate Department of Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra was established in 1956 as a unitary and residential university with the chief objective of promoting higher studies and research in Sanskrit, Indian Philosophy and religion, Indian History, Culture and Archaeology. The University was thus started as a Sanskrit University but within a couple of years grew into becoming a multi-faculty university. With the inclusion of Pali & Prakrit Studies, the Department was rechristened as the Department of Sanskrit, Pali & Prakrit in 1972 which at present imparts the M.A. Sanskrit (under semester system w.e.f. academic session 2008-2009), M.Phil. Sanskrit course w.e.f. 1976 (under annual system) and research at doctoral & post-doctoral research. It provides 4 groups of specialization, viz. Vedic Studies, Sanskrit Grammar & Linguistics, Indian Philosophy & Logic and Sanskrit Literature & Poetics at the M.A. and M.Phil. levels adapting the same to the UGC NET syllabus. The students of the department are exempted from tuition fee since the inception of the University. The Department is associated with a number of nationally and internationally reputed universities and centres of advance research in Sanskrit and allied fields through visiting faculty, special lectures, seminars and workshops with a view to synergize the classical and contemporary works in Sanskrit with modern methodology of learning and researches. The department has the rare privilege of having availed itself of the services of such nationally and internationally renowned scholars as Dr Satyavrat Shastri, Dr D.B. Sen Sharma, Dr Kapil Dev Shastri, Dr D.N. Shastri, Dr Shiv Raj Shastri, Dr Shriniwas Shastri, Dr Jag Dev Singh, Dr Suryakanta, Dr Baldeo Singh, Dr Gopikamohan Bhattacharya, Dr Maan Singh, Dr Parmanand Gupta, Dr Amar Singh, Dr Usha Rani Gupta and Dr Vijaya Rani, etc.

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