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, 1976
  • 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

  • Honoured as a Visionary eduLEADER of India by Shri Pranab Mukherjee during the ReTHINKINDIA 5th Estate Summit 2017 CSOI, New Delhi.
  • “Chandigarh Icon”, bestowed by Chandigarh administration, on Chandigarh Establishment Day, 1st – 5th Nov, 2017
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Honored on International Women’s Day Celebrations on 8th March 2011 for incredible contributions in the field of education at Patiala.
  • Awarded as “NURTURER OF TALENT AWARD” during 2nd Asia’s Best B-School Awards Function on 22nd July,2011 in Suntec Singapore.
  • Facilitated with “Nurture of Talent Award“ during 19th Dewang Mehta B-School Awards held at The Taj, Lands End, Mumbai.
  • Conferred with Visionary Leaders Award & Inspirational Leaders Award by Bloomberg/UTV.
  • Felicitated with Innovation Leadership Award by DNA & stars of the Industry Group, Canada.
  • Honored With “State Award – Women Of The Year – 2012″, In Business & Profession Category By Dainik Bhaskar.
  • Bestowed with Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Achievers Award- FICCI- FLO 2013-14 by FICCI Ladies Organisation, New Delhi.
  • Invited as an Eminent Speaker, at India’s largest education brainstorm conference – Global Educators Fest 2017, Gurgaonand shared her valuable views through a Panel Discussion, on the topic ” Higher Education Institutions incorporating skill development in their curriculum”, moderated by Price water house Coopers (pwc).
  • Honored as one of “India’s Most Inspiring Women Engineers & Scientists” on International Women’s Day by Engineering Watch.
  • Invited to House of Lords with Anglia Ruskin University, London
  • Invited to EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Invited to VC’s Meet in IYF World Camp, South Korea
  • House of Lords with Anglia Ruskin University, London

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. She visited The Georgia Tech University, University of Massachusetts (UMass), Purdue University, Massachusetts and Institute of Technology (MIT), , University of Southern California and University of Washington. Dr Madhu Chitkara met and shared her knowledge with representatives from eminent Universities in US Like

(a) Lawrence Tech University
(b) Rowan University
(c) Laureate Education Inc
(d) Northern Illinois University
(e) University of Puerto Rico
(f) University of Hartford
(g) Saint Louis University
(h) University of North Carolina at Charlotte
(i) St Louis Community college
(j) Arizona State University
(k) Philadelphia University
(l) Northeastern University
(m) Clarkson University
(n) University of Central Florida

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.

Despite achieving phenomenal success in the field of education she had a desire to do something for those who were not very privileged. Accordingly, she prevailed upon the heads of her institutions to adopt villages in the vicinity of their organizations. Villagers, mainly women were given training to pursue vocations that could provide livelihood to them. Care was taken to ensure that the products manufactured by them found use in educational institutions. The items produced by these cottage industry level enterprises were purchased by Chitkara people thus relieving the villagers of the burden of marketing their produce. The Trust under proficient chairmanship of Dr Madhu Chitkara has adopted nearby five villages through NSS, and provides free education to the children, and opportunities for self employment to adults. Women are involved in stitching and fabrication of uniforms which helps them become financially self sufficient. The Trust also provides health awareness programs in addition to extending health facilities to this village. A computer center has also been established in this village in order to create awareness amongst the residents about latest technology.

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. Chitkara’s Education provides the foundation and specialized knowledge necessary to analyze, design and evaluate systems that are useful to society.

Dr Madhu Chitkara continues to be an inspiration around the world and her acumen will keep her at the pinnacle of success. Despite being a woman she has shown great determination and motivation to achieve her goals. Her penchant for equity and access, a desire to abide by value system and to stick to an ethical path have enabled her to create a brand name – Chitkara – in the field of education.

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