Jalandhar, May 14, 2019: ‘Unilab’, the mechanical testing lab of Lovely Professional University (LPU) has been accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). This makes LPU the only private university in the country to bag the prestigious accreditation. It also becomes the first university in Punjab to receive the NABL accreditation.
Established under the School of Civil Engineering, “Unilab” performs mechanical testing of building and construction materials, like concrete, soil, bitumen, aggregate, bricks and paver blocks. The lab is used by both faculty and students for their research and project work. With NABL certification, LPU can now accept commercial projects and extend commercial services to the industry.
Pratham Mittal, Head of new initiatives at Lovely Professional University said, “We are excited to be the first private university in India to receive the NABL accreditation for our mechanical Unilab. The delivery of world class education requires access to high quality infrastructure, whether it is our labs, learning resources or sports facilities. With this accreditation, LPU faculty and students can now accept commercial research and testing assignments, enabling them to gain useful industry experience. It will also help us in building a closer industry-academia relationship for the school of Civil Engineering”.
Lovely Professional University’s Unilab has been established as per ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 (international standard) guidelines in 2017. The lab strictly follows the correct technical and managerial processes to ensure world class testing services are provided to its customers with consistent, reliable and accurate test results. The NABL accreditation certifies that the equipment used in the Unilab are calibrated and they have measurement traceability. The test procedures are established and followed as per relevant Indian standard code of practice and that there is a management system for handling risk, customer complaints and feedback for improvements.
Dr. Amit Srivastava, Professor at School of Civil Engineering, Lovely Professional University said, “While most educational institutions run their lab on non-commercial basis i.e.- only to teach students about testing procedures, at Unilab, the students now can get exposure to actual commercial projects. With NABL accreditation, they have a higher chance of becoming an independent NABL assessor and can work as Quality Head/Technical head in commercial labs or even start their own business in the field of testing”.
The School of Civil Engineering at Lovely Professional University offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Construction Management, Environmental Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering. The school also provides courses on laboratory management system as per ISO/IEC 17025:2017 to help students become an entrepreneur in the field of laboratory testing (students can start their own laboratories).
Established in 2005, Lovely Professional University (LPU) is a private university based out of Jalandhar, Punjab. The university campus spreads over 600 acres on the outskirts of Jalandhar. LPU offers a wide variety of courses such as engineering streams, Hotel Management, and Tourism, Architecture and Design, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Agriculture, Fashion Design, Journalism, Films and Creative Arts, Law, Physiotherapy and Paramedical Sciences as well as Art and Languages.
With over 25,000 students currently enrolled LPU offers students full-time as well as part-time courses. LPU houses students from over 50 countries and encourages diversity. The sprawling campus consists of its own shopping mall, a MAC lab for students to develop & deploy Apple apps, an aviation lab, a skating rink, in-house bowling complex, convenience stores, and numerous food kiosks.
The vision of LPU is to be a premier academic institution, recognized internationally for its contribution to industry and society through excellence in teaching, learning, research, internationalization, entrepreneurship, and leadership. LPU aims to implement a relationship of cooperation between industry and academia and to prepare graduates to be lifelong learners with strong analytical and leadership skills.
National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is a Constituent Board of Quality Council of India (QCI) and provide CAB (Conformity Assessment Body’s) accreditation, which involves third-party assessment of the technical competence of testing including medical and calibration laboratories, proficiency testing providers and reference material producers.