Panjab University (PU) vice-chacellor (V-C) Arun Kumar Grover said the university was trying to break into the world's top 200 universities by 2016.
During the celebration of 65th Republic Day at PU, the V-C hoisted the National Flag and took salute at the ceremonial parade on the campus on Sunday. PU students, school students and the university's staff participated in the ceremonial parade. PU students, for the first time, participated in the parade.
A cultural programme also held on the occasion. PU registrar AK Bhandari, controller of examinations Parvinder Singh, dean of students welfare Navdeep Goyal were present on the occasion.
The V-C said Republic Day had a special importance for PU as it was reorganised after the Republic Day. He added that President Pranab Mukherjee had called the universities to break into the top 200 varsities of the world. "PU has already identified the areas where it is lagging behind the top universities in the world and we are working on the strategy to achieve the goal,"he added.
Grover called upon the university students, participants, teachers and staff to accelerate their efforts to raise the rank of PU. He said the results of the efforts being made in 2014 would be reflected in the university rankings in 2016 as the Times Higher Education considers five-year data. Earlier, Times Higher Education Ranking had ranked PU the number one university in the country. The ranking declared in 2013 was for the period from 2006-2011.