Patiala has beencultural and academic center of northern India. The erstwhile rulers of Patiala state were great patrons of art and culture. Thus under the Maharajas, Patiala had developed into an important educational centre. It was the first city in this part of the country to have a Degree College- the Mohindra College- established in 1875. This city has the credit of setting up the first printing press in Punjab – the famous Printing Press of Munshi Naval Kishore and for manufacturing the first Punjabi Typewriter. 

Today, Patiala is an important seat of learning with a full-fledged University, a Government Medical College, a Dental College, an Ayurvedic College and an Engineering College.

District Education officer (PRIMARY) Patiala.

Number of School in Patiala District

S. No. Type of School No of School
1. Govt Elementry School(Primary) 949
  Total School 949

District Education officer (SECONDARY) Patiala.

Number of School in Patiala District

S. No. Type of School No of School
1. Sr.Sec.School 107
2. High School 089
3. Middle School 179
  Total School 375

Educational institutes of repute in the city are

Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan, Punjabi University

The inauguration of this university took place on 24th June, 1962. After the Hebrew University of Israel, this is the only University to be named after a language. Initially, the foremost task assigned to this university was “to promote Punjabi studies, to provide for research in Punjabi literature, to undertake measures for the development of Punjabi language.Regarding its commitment to the cause of Punjabi, the punjabi language department of the university has translated a number of non-Punjabi classics into Punjabi. Punjabi culture has also received a fillip through diligent and scholarly work on projects like Encyclopedia of Sikhism.


The University has since evolved into a multi-faceted, multi-faculty educational institution with over fifty-five teaching and research departments in the fields of Humanities, Sciences, Fine Arts and Space Physics.


The University has three regional centres, namely, The Guru Kashi Regional Centre at Bathinda, The Guru Kashi Campus at Talwandi Sabo and The Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan Institute of Advanced Studies in Urdu, Persian and Arabic at Malerkotla.Punjabi University, Patiala, has set up an Extension Centre for computer education at Jaito.

For further details, contact: The Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala.

Thapar University, Patiala

It is a premier engineering institute of Northern India which has been upgraded to a deemed university. It offers engineering courses in various branches to students – Indian and N.R.I’s.


Established in 1956, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (TIET) started with the goal of providing undergraduate and postgraduate education in Engineering and Technology, a close interaction with industry, and a strong emphasis on research. TIET has since grown steadily in size and activities during the last four decades of its existence. Over 7400 engineers have graduated from TIET. In recognition of its achievements, TIET was granted full autonomy and the status of a Deemed University in 1985 by the University Grants Commission.

The Institute offers a variety of undergraduate programmes leading to Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree and postgraduate programmes leading to Master of Engineering (M.E.),Master of Technology (M.Tech.),Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degrees. In addition, industry-oriented and practice-based Master’s Degree programmes in various disciplines are offered in collaboration with TTTI, Chandigarh.

Corporate Research and Development Wing of T.I.E.T. is one of the prominent institutions in the field of Engineering research.

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala

The University offers B.A.LL.B.(Hons.) Five Years Integrated Course divided into Ten Semesters (i.e., two semesters in one academic year). English, Economics, History, Political Science and Sociology are taught as the social science components of legal studies. According to the new scheme of Bar Council of India Social Science Subjects are offered as major and minor subjects. At present university is offering major courses in Economics, Political Science and Sociology. Power Point Presentations are compulsory for each seminar in the respective subject. The University has a well stocked library with more than 22,000 books, journals, e-journals, periodicals, etc. etc. The University has two advanced computer labs. Internet facility is provided through leased line and the entire campus is Wi-Fi enabled. The students are encouraged to have their own lap-tops. The university has a well furnished Moot Court Hall, Conference Hall, Lecture Rooms and Class Rooms equipped with modern teaching aids and equipments. RGNUL is presently located at its headquarters the Mohindra Kothi, one of the heritage buildings of the erstwhile Patiala State. Its permanent campus is coming up in an area of 50 acre on Patiala-Bhadson Road, about 8 kms from Patiala city. As RGNUL is an upcoming National Law University, significant endeavour is made to evolve a pragmatic and participative learning environment promoting creative teaching. Our aim is to provide students with holistic academic and professional environment conducive to grooming prospective professionals in the field of law. The teaching methodology entails both intensive and extensive class room teaching and participative learning. The students are confronted with the real life problems and are trained to acquire analytical and logical skills. Therefore, teaching schedule includes lectures, discussions, case studies, daily seminars and project works, ensuring student participation. The University follows the semester system where social science subjects are taught along with law for the first two years to initiate students towards an interdisciplinary approach to legal education. Internship of the University has been divided into two stages the Initial and the Advanced Internship Programmes. The heritage building with RGNUL has been tastefully furnished to meet all academic and administrative requirements. State-of-the-art sports facilities; hostels; transport; medical and other facilities. New Campus has been aesthetically designed with marvelous architecture and green environment in an area of 50 acres of land at village Sidhuwal near Patiala, as model campus of a National Law University. In academics and in research, RGNUL faculty and students have to their credit quality publications and participations at scores of national and international forums. We have organized number of mega events namely LAWASIA Moot Court Competition; Commonwealth Moot Court Competition; National Seminar on Family Law; and 24th BCI National Moot Court Competition, One Day Workshop on Learning Effective Teaching Skills for the law teachers of the region and Training of Trainers Programme in Humanitarian Law, Five-Day Training Programme on Role of Police and Criminal Justice for Station House Officers (SHOs) of the Punjab Police and Two day International Multidisciplinary Congress on Political Science and Good Governance. The University is going to admit new batch of graduation and post-graduation courses in law in the forthcoming session through the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) to be conducted at the national level. The registration for research degree (Ph.D.) in Law and Ph.D. in Social Sciences with Law are under process. The University has established Centre for Advanced Study in Criminal Law (CASCL); Centre for Consumer Protection Law and Advocacy (CCPLA); Centre for Advanced Studies in International Humanitarian Law (CASH); School of Agricultural Law and Economics (SALE); RGNUL Institute for Competitive Exams (RICE); Directorate of Distance Education (DODE); and Bureau of Information for Studies Abroad (BISA). The University is member of various national and international professional organizations and is also in the process of obtaining membership of some other. Prominent among these are: All India Federation of Tax Practitioners, Asian Law Institute (ASLI), Association of Indian universities (AIU), Commonwealth legal Education Association (ASIA), Consumer guidance Society of India, DELNET (development library Network), Forum of south Asian clinical law teachers, IASLIC (Indian association of special library and information center), Indian Academy of Social Sciences (ISSA), Indian commerce Association, Indian Economic Association, Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Indian law Institute (ILI), Indian society of International law (ISIL), Indian society of criminology, Institute of constitutional and Parliamentary studies (ICPS), International association of law schools (IALS), International association of law libraries, International law students Association, Legal Information Institute of India (LII of India) RGNUL is an autonomous body, governed by its own Statutory Councils.


Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Punjab State Open University, Patiala


Welcome to Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Punjab State Open University (JGND PSOU), nestled in the vibrant city of Patiala, Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Punjab State Open University (JGND PSOU) proudly emerges as a symbol of open education, standing tall in accordance with the State Legislature Act No. 19 of 2019. This esteemed institution was founded with a profound purpose – to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, adding a significant layer of reverence to its educational mission.

Guided by the principles of SEWA – skill enhancement, employability, wisdom, and accessibility – JGND PSOU envisions being a pioneering Open University. Our vision is to empower learners through affordable and accessible education, fostering intellectual, social, and professional enrichment, enabling them to make significant contributions to society.

JGND PSOU offers a diverse array of Postgraduate and Undergraduate programs, including MA (English), MA (Punjabi), M.Com, M.Sc (Computer Science), B.Com, B.Sc, and BA. The university is dedicated to aligning its offerings with the dynamic job market, providing skill enhancement certificate programs and ensuring a comprehensive learning experience through e-Tutorials, e-content, web resources, and self-assessment.

JGND PSOU emphasizes inclusivity, offering special schemes for diverse groups, including employees, teachers, jail inmates, and differently-abled individuals. With 126 strategically placed Learner Support Centres across Punjab, the university fosters a sense of community and guidance through regular counseling sessions.

Aligned with UGC guidelines, JGND PSOU permits learners to pursue dual degrees concurrently, adopting a modular approach that offers exit points for obtaining certificates or diplomas based on completed credits. Recognized for its academic prowess, JGND PSOU has been conducting impactful seminars, symposia, conferences, and workshops. The University has forged strategic collaborations, signing MoUs with esteemed institutions like Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Gujarat (BAOU), Indian Development Foundation (IDF), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), and others.



Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital, Patiala

The college was started by the PEPSU Government in October, 1953. It consists of an administrative block and self contained blocks for the basic clinical departments

Rajindra Hospital, Patiala with 900 beds was attached to the college in early 1954. The hospital is equipped with all the latest apparatus and instruments to make it fit for imparting clinical teaching to the students.

A Tuberculosis and chest Diseases hospital with a capacity of 161 beds and a primary health centres at Bhadson, Kauli and Tripuri are attached with the college for teaching purposes.

The college is famous in India as GOMCO is affiliated to Baba Farid University at Health Sciences, Faridkot(Punjab) for MBBS, BDS and various other courses.

There are four hostels, two for girls and two for boys. In addition to this, there is one hostel in the Rajindra Hospital for doctors/ surgeons.


Government Mohindra College, Patiala

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This college was established in 1875 by Maharaja Mohindra Singh. Its building is a wonderful peace of architecture. It was the only degree college between Delhi and Lahore and it was affiliated to Calcutta University and It attracted students from all over the country. One of the premier institutes of Patiala in the disciplines of Humanities and Sciences.

Government Bikram College of Commerce, Patiala

One of the very few colleges exclusively dedicated to imparting education in commerce stream. B.Com. and M.Com. Courses are conducted here.

Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala

This is a premier institute for sports facilities which is under the control of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Players are groomed here for the top sports competitions of the world. World class sports infrastructure is available here for many games.


Multani Mal Modi College, Patiala

This is a Degree College that imparts professional degree courses to the students.

Yadavindra Public School, Patiala

Yadavindra Public School of Patiala is a symbol of Patiala’s dignity and heritage. It has completed 50 years of its establishment. The school was founded with inspiration from Lahore’s Echison (Chief) College


It is situated in Yadavindra Sports Stadium, one of the most beautiful buildings on the mall. It is located three km from Patiala Railway Station and Bus Terminus. The school aims at all round development of the boys and girls. 10 years of general education are followed by 2 years of preparation leading to Engineering, Medicine, Commerce and institutes of high learning. It has extensive play grounds, well equipped laboratories and well stocked library

Government College Of Physical Education, Patiala

B.P.Ed and M.P.Ed. Courses are run in the college. The college is exclusively dedicated to develop talent in the trainers of sportspersons

Government College Of Education, Patiala

One of the very few B.Ed /M.Ed. colleges exclusively dedicated to the training and teaching of teachers.

Other Important Colleges

  1. Khalsa College, Patiala
  2. Govt. College for Women, Patiala
  3. Govt. Ayurvedic College, Patiala
  4. Govt. College, Dera Bassi
  5. Govt. Ripudaman College, Nabha
  6. Public College, Samana etc.