Our Founders

Chitkara University is a dream envisioned and realised by Dr Ashok K Chitkara and Dr Madhu Chitkara—two academicians dedicated to the mission of spreading education. Through their diligence and inspiring leadership, they have helped create a learning environment that represents a unique blend of distinguished faculty, brilliant students and proactive collaborations with industry.


Dr. Ashok Chitkara

Chitkara University- Himachal Pradesh
With exemplary elegance and polished ideas, with towering calibre and right balance of thoughts and beliefs, Dr Ashok K Chitkara is the face of potential youth and equitable education.


A renowned mathematician and a legendary academician, Dr Ashok K Chitkara is the Chancellor of Chitkara University, Punjab and Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh. His perspective and far-sightedness in the field of education has rendered future promising prospects in the fullness of time. His contribution in the field of pedagogy is serviceable both nationally and internationally as he always believes that education makes minds, not careers.

Academic Credentials – Dr Ashok K Chitkara:
  • B.Sc (Hons.) Mathematics, Delhi University, Delhi – 1973
  • M.Sc Mathematics, Delhi University, Delhi – 1975
  • B.Ed, Panjab University, Chandigarh – 1976
  • M.Ed, Panjab University, Chandigarh – 1977
  • Ph.D Mathematics, MDU, Rohtak – 1984
  • Passed 10 levels in French language from Alliance Francaise de Chandigarh
  • Passed 4 levels in Chinese language by clearing HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi), the Chinese Proficiency Test, that is an international standardized exam.

Dr Ashok K Chitkara has always been at the forefront and is passionate for teaching and mentoring students since beginning. Born as a teacher, his journey towards excellence started with foray into the field of Mathematics, being an optimal mathematician with over 36 years of teaching and mentoring experience More than 36 research papers are to his credit and 6 students have completed their PhD under his guidance.

He is now a life member of:

  • Indian Mathematical Society
  • Indian Science Congress Association
  • Indian Society for Technical Education

The establishment of Chitkara University was a turning point in the career of Dr Ashok K Chitkara, as it pronounced the foundation of an educational system which would help reach the up coming generation to the zenith of their success. Under his leadership and guidance, more than 40 programs are being offered at Chitkara University. It is his strong academic mentorship that resulted for the University to have 126 plus academic partners across the globe.

His entire life has been an epicentre of creating academic excellence among youth of India and producing capable industry professionals and aspirant students, thus adding to the social and scholarly fabric of India.

As a ‘Community Reformer’, Dr Ashok K Chitkara is also dedicated to improve the quality of underprivileged and neglected women and children. He has also adopted five villages in Punjab and one in Himachal Pradesh. Dr Chitkara believes in total commitment to society as his focus is to constantly make the lives of people better by uplifting them in every possible way. In addition to this, under Dr Chitkara’s leadership, Chitkara runs it’s own Community Radio by the name of Chitkara 107.8. This is also a great way to engage the community and the best part is that this is completely managed by the students of Chitkara University.

Under the revered guidance of Dr Ashok K Chitkara, Chitkara University is in the process of building a vibrant research culture for fostering outstanding research programs in areas relevant to future. Keeping this perspective in mind, more than 100 patents have already been filed.

In his personal life, Dr Ashok K Chitkara lives by the motto, ‘FAITH, FOCUS and FOLLOW.’ He lives a ‘NO EXCUSE’ life.

Such achievements explicitly show that how an ordinary man becomes extraordinary with right values and beliefs.


Dr. Madhu Chitkara

Pro Chancellor,
Chitkara University – Himachal Pradesh

Dr Madhu Chitkara is the founding Pro Chancellor of the University. Coming from an humble background of school and University teaching, she has seen and traversed the path, which many people can only dream of. The proud legacy of the University to be a people’s place has actually stemmed up and has a strong backing of her personality traits.

During her current tenure as Pro chancellor, Chitkara University is emerging as a globally recognized organization promoting academic excellence and expanding realms of knowledge. In line with the vision, she has carved out a number of strategic initiatives including recruiting a cadre of transformative, world class faculty and accelerating the expansion of the University’s academic enterprise, broadening her international presence, dramatically improving the breadth and quality of its outstanding student body; improving the University’s infrastructure, including the development of community in vicinity, bringing and building innovation culture, Building product Oriented and Impactful societal research to the core of the University values. She strives inculcate high moral, ethical and professional values amongst our students, faculty & staff.



  • Ph.D in Education – Panjab University, Chandigarh, 1984
  • M.Sc – Mathematics, Panjab University Chandigarh, 1980
  • M.Ed – Panjab University, Chandigarh, 1977
  • B.Ed – Panjab University, Chandigarh, 19760
  • B.Sc (Mathematics) Hons. – Delhi University, 1975
Awards, Accolades and Recognitions

Based on the highly exceptional acumen of being an Entrepreneur, Dr Madhu Chitkara has been honored with South East Asia Award by Washington School of Business through its Hot Mommas Project. She is the only winner from South East Asia. This award is an initiative of George Washington University, Center of Excellence for Entrepreneurship through project titled as “The Hot Mommas Project”. This project is now the largest digital women’s case study archive in the world.
For her other endeavors, Dr Madhu Chitkara has been felicitated with

  • “Chandigarh Icon”, bestowed by Chandigarh administration, on Chandigarh Establishment Day, 1st – 5th Nov, 2017
  • Bestowed with Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Achievers Award- FICCI- FLO 2013-14 by FICCI Ladies Organisation, New Delhi.
  • Honored With “State Award – Women Of The Year – 2012”, In Business & Profession Category By Dainik Bhaskar.
  • Felicitated with Innovation Leadership Award by DNA & stars of the Industry Group, Canada.
  • Conferred with Visionary Leaders Award & Inspirational Leaders Award by Bloomberg/UTV.
  • Facilitated with “Nurture of Talent Award“ during 19th Dewang Mehta B-School Awards
  • Awarded as “NURTURER OF TALENT AWARD” during 2nd Asia’s Best B-School Awards Function on 22nd July, 2011
  • Honored on International Women’s Day Celebrations on 8th March 2011 for incredible contributions in the field of education
  • International Achiever’s Award 2009 for Women Entrepreneur for recognizing outstanding achievement at 21st International Achievers Summit, Emerging India on 31st October 2009
  • The International Gold Star Millennium Award and Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani award by Global Economic Council STATE AWARD FOR TEACHERS in public recognition of valuable services to the community as a teacher of outstanding merit
  • State Award for Teachers in public recognition of valuable services to the community as a teacher of outstanding merit in 1987

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