National Education Policy (1986) acknowledged the important role of teachers in higher education. During the 7th Plan, UGC conceived the scheme of Human Resource Development Centres to be opened in various Universities. Presently, 66 Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) are situated in various states and Central Universities. They are conceived with a view to plan, organise, implement, monitor and evaluate Academic Staff Orientation Programmes for newly appointed college and university teachers and Refresher Programmes for senior teachers.

The UGC- Human Resource Development Centre of Punjabi University, Patiala was established in April, 2009. It is 60 kms from Chandigarh and just 7 Kms from the Patiala main bus stand and Patiala railway station. It is an inter-university institute which caters to the needs of all College and University teachers.

Dr. Munruchi Kaur, Professor, Department of Botany is the present Director of the Human Resource Development Centre. This Centre has successfully completed 77 Refresher Courses, 43 Orientation Courses, 19 Workshop/Short Term Courses/Principals Conferences. All these courses acquired national character as the participants were from different states of India viz. Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Shilong, Assam, Kerala, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, etc.

Human Resource Development Centre is equipped with latest technology, Computer Lab, two lecture theatres fitted with latest gizmos and UGC Human Resource Development Centre Guest House has 28 Rooms with in-house catering facility. The Chairman of the University Grants Commission Dr. Sukhadeo Thorat on his informal visit to our HRDC appreciated our enterprise.

Human Resource Development Centre aims to provide a common forum and opportunities for inservice teachers to keep themselves abreast with the latest advances in various areas and particularly their own field. We at Human Resource Development Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala thrive hard to provide an intellectual atmosphere by inviting the best speakers to address the participants and follow an intensive research and knowledge transfer culture.