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.

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Dr. Ashok Chitkara

Chancellor,
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.

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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.

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Dr. Madhu Chitkara

Pro Chancellor,
Chitkara University – Himachal Pradesh

Dr. Madhu Chitkara is one of the co-founders of Chitkara Educational Trust, an organization of great repute & distinction in the field of education. An eminent academician and an innovative entrepreneur, she articulated and designed the road map for the Trust and has actively contributed to its tremendous growth and recognition in all these years.

With a passion for academics and great business acumen, she has had a diversified career & variegated experience in the field of education spanning 35 years. She is highly knowledgeable, focused, a strategic leader and has a passion for excellence. She has adeptly managed numerous academic ventures and remains a true leader who leads by example, is warm, sincere and always willing to walk the extra mile to deliver on promises.

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Dr. Madhu Chitkara is one of the co-founders of Chitkara Educational Trust, an organization of great repute & distinction in the field of education. An eminent academician and an innovative entrepreneur, she articulated and designed the road map for the Trust and has actively contributed to its tremendous growth and recognition in all these years.

With a passion for academics and great business acumen, she has had a diversified career & variegated experience in the field of education spanning 35 years. She is highly knowledgeable, focused, a strategic leader and has a passion for excellence. She has adeptly managed numerous academic ventures and remains a true leader who leads by example, is warm, sincere and always willing to walk the extra mile to deliver on promises.

Dr. Madhu Chitkara acquired her B.Sc degree in Mathematics (Honors) from Maitrey College for Women, Delhi and then proceeded to complete B.Ed and M.Ed from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1976 and 1977 respectively. She has completed M.Sc in Mathematics (1980) and Ph.D (1984) also from Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Pursuing her teaching career with great vigor and sincerity, she brought about several ideas and innovative techniques to the art of teaching. She worked as a lecturer in Mathematics in various schools and Dev Samaj College, in Chandigarh (1976–2002), inviting praise and recognition & throughout this time, she remained focused and worked tirelessly at creating higher standards of learning. In recognition of her exemplary services, she was honored with State Award for Teachers as a teacher of outstanding merit in the year 1987. In the same year, the visiting premier of England, Margaret Thatcher donated computers to a few schools in Chandigarh and Dr. Madhu Chitkara was the first woman to be trained at TTTI on the BBC Microcomputer Systems, a series of microcomputers and associated peripherals designed and built by Acorn Computers for the BBC Computer Literacy Project. She then proceeded to train others in U.T on this technology. Apart from this, she has also imparted training in CAI (Computer Aided Instruction) as well as National Policy of Education.

In the year 1998 Chitkara Educational Trust was established which is spearheading the movement aimed at bringing about excellence in the field of education. Dr. Madhu Chitkara has been Instrumental in running the day-to-day affairs of the Trust and plays a key role in policy formulation and implementation. Every year more colleges were established with the aspiration to make a difference to the prevailing educational scenario.

Dr. Madhu Chitkara has varied interests but her primary field of work remains Applied Mathematics, Architecture, and Educational Technologies. She is a highly focused thorough professional with a logical bend of mind. With a proclivity towards reading she has read innumerable books on variegated topics and is widely traveled across the globe. In November 2008, she along with a few of her key team members visited various Top Universities of the US with the intention of bringing about a massive change in the way education is viewed in the Nation. This prolific visit had a one point agenda to imbibe and assimilate the best available practices of the western education scenario and to initiate a more progressive educational environment. Soon after this visit she was invited to attend The Clinton Global Initiative in Hong Kong (Dec 2008) with an opportunity to interact with Asia’s most influential leaders and to deal with the region’s most pressing issues.

Dr. Madhu Chitkara is an epitome of patience, perseverance and precision. She has to her name the credit of contributing 25 research papers in various journals. For her endeavors, Dr. Madhu Chitkara has been felicitated with

  • State Award for Teachers in public recognition of valuable services to the community as a teacher of outstanding merit in 1987
  • The Rashtra Nirman Ratna Award 2002 by Economic Growth Society of India, New Delhi
  • Rashtriya Shiksha Ratan award 2003 by All India Business Development Association, New Delhi.
  • The Life Time Achievement Gold Medal Award 2004 by Global Society for Health & Educational Growth, New Delhi.
  • 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.
  • The Life Time Achievement Gold Medal Award 2004 by Global Society for Health & Educational Growth, New Delhi.
  • International Achiever’s Award 2009 for Women Entrepreneur for Recognizing outstanding achievement at 21st International Achievers Summit, Emerging India on 31st October 2009 at Bangkok (Thailand) by Indian Achievers Forum.

With new fields of knowledge emerging, Dr. Madhu Chitkara aims to venture into the arena of patents. She has a strong preference for working towards creation of knowledge in specific areas. She is creating avenues to bridge the gap between the industry and academia by incorporating more application based courses wherein both the Universities can provide the companies with students who are ready to take on the responsibilities endowed upon them.

Dr. Madhu Chitkara continues to be an inspiration around the world and her acumen will keep her at the pinnacle of success.

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