UFV Timeline and Milestones in India

NOV 03
UCFV (UFV was formerly known as University College of the Fraser Valley, or UCFV) President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Skip Bassford, and Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Dr. KN Pathak, initiate discussions on collaboration between the two universities

NOV 04
UCFV and Panjab University sign MoU to explore educational collaboration, i.e. faculty and student exchange, and curriculum development

UCFV signs MoU with Guru Nanak Dev University to explore mutually beneficial collaboration

JAN 05
Canada’s Minister of Health Ujjal Dosanjh announces partnership between UCFV and Panjab University

UCFV donates CDN$30,000 to Panjab University to establish its Canadian Studies Centre in Chandigarh

FEB 05
Professor Satwinder Bains presents a paper at Panjab University’s Canadian Studies Centre, Chandigarh, during its National Conference on Women and Empowerment
APR 05
B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell announces the establishment of a Canada–India Business and Economic Development Innovation Chair at UCFV

MAY 05
Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh, along with five Punjab Government Ministers, visits UCFV and announces a contribution of $50,000 in books, cultural artefacts and other resources to help establish UCFV’s Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies. The Chief Minister delivers a talk on economic partnership development to 500 business people in the Fraser Valley

JUL 05
Panjabi University’s Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Swan Singh Boparai, makes an official visit to UCFV to explore educational partnerships

The Indian High Commissioner, Ms. Shyamla Cowsilk, visits UCFV and applauds UCFV’s vision to create the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies

Panjab University’s Dr. B.S. Ghuman (Dean, Faculty of Arts, and Coordinator, Panjab University Canadian Studies Centre) and Professor D.K. Ghuman, visit UCFV to lecture on the state of the Punjab economy

NOV 05
Prof. Cherie Enns, UCFV Professor of Geography, delivers lecture entitled Planning Communities with and for Children: Perceptions of Children around the World, organized by Panjab University’s Canadian Studies Centre

Yvon Dandurand, Dean of Research, is appointed to the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute’s Board of Directors — a bi-national organization supported by the governments of India and Canada

FEB 06
Honourable Michael de Jong, Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services, British Columbia, Canada, delivers talk on Canada–India Collaboration in Education and Trade, organized by Panjab University’s Canadian Studies Centre with assistance from UCFV

MAR 06
Community support allows UCFV to meet its financial goal to establish the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies

APR 06
UCFV signs MoU with Sanatan Dharma College Chandigarh (SDCC) to deliver its applied BBA degree program in Chandigarh

JUL 06
UCFV sends its first Canadian faculty to India to deliver courses within UCFV’s Canadian BBA degree program in Chandigarh

The first batch of students starts classes in the UCFV Canadian BBA degree program at Sanatan Dharma College in Sector 32C, Chandigarh

OCT 06
Official opening of UCFV’s Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies (CICS) in Abbotsford, B.C., is honoured by the presence of both federal and provincial Ministers, the Indian Consul General, staff, community members and local dignitaries.  It is the first of its kind in Canada

DEC 06
UCFV celebrates its first scholarship awards ceremony at SDCC. UFV President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Skip Bassford arrives from Canada to award CDN$5000 in scholarships to students of the UCFV BBA degree in Chandigarh.

APR 07
UCFV Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies is commissioned to research and document the heritage of Canada’s oldest Sikh gurdwara for its centennial celebrations in 2011. The website www.canadiansikhheritage.ca is created for the first phase of the project

JUN 07
Province of British Columbia announces CDN$1.25-million investment to establish new B.C. Regional Innovation Chair on Canada–India Business and Economic Development at UCFV; community support brings total endowment to CDN $2.5-million. UCFV Professor DJ Sandhu, President’s Advisor on India, named to the Chair position

The first UCFV students begin their internships at Panjab University’s Canadian Studies Centre, assisting with the planning of the 2008 Child Friendly Cities International Conference

UCFV Vice President External Robert Buchan visits Chandigarh for Panjab University’s diamond jubilee celebrations

The first Indian student from UCFV’s Canadian BBA degree program in Chandigarh transfers to UCFV Canada to complete her degree studies

DEC 07
British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell meets with UCFV’s BBA degree students in Chandigarh during his trade mission to India. Dr. Skip Bassford, UCFV President, and Professor DJ Sandhu, UCFV President’s Advisor on India, accompany the mission

In Mumbai, UCFV signs MoUs with the University of Mumbai, St. Andrew’s College of Arts, Science and Commerce, and the Gannon Group of Industries
JAN 08
British Columbia’s House Leader, Honourable Minister Michael de Jong, provides the keynote address at UCFV’s second annual awards and anniversary dinner

On behalf of UCFV, Minister Michael de Jong and Abbotsford City Councillor Moe Gill present CDN$5,000 in entrance scholarships to UCFV students in India

FEB 08
CICS brings its first group of 11 students on a four-week study tour of northern India, including Chandigarh, Shimla, Amritsar, Dharamsala, Agra, and Delhi

Panjab University’s Canadian Studies Centre and UCFV Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies jointly organize an International Conference on Child Friendly Cities. UCFV interns at PU’s Canadian Studies Centre were instrumental in conference organization. Conference grant of approximately Rs. 10-lakh sanctioned by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

Students and faculty of UCFV, led by UCFV Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies Director Satwinder Bains, visit Panjab University for a heritage study program coinciding with UCFV study tour

UCFV BBA degree students in Chandigarh and SD College’s Spirit India community service group host Canadian UFV students for a three-way intercultural exchange and talk on the benefits of philanthropy at the SD College campus. Donations allowed UCFV and the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies to provide 200 student stationery and literacy kits to Chandigarh’s Youth Technical Training Society and to Developing Indigenous Resources – India, during the event.

Two Canadian interns from UCFV, Meggie Shields and Sumeet Jammu, successfully complete five month internship at the Canadian Studies Centre, Panjab University

APR 08
Premier Gordon Campbell makes the official announcement that the University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV) is renamed University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)

MAY 08
UFV sends its second pair of students, Satinder Sangha and Baldeep Toor, to Panjab University’s Canadian Studies Centre to complete a five-month internship

Six Indian students in UFV’s Canadian BBA degree program in Chandigarh are named to the Dean’s List within the UFV School of Professional Studies, ranking extremely well amongst their counterparts at UFV campuses in Canada. To receive this honour, students must achieve an outstanding academic record.

JUN 08
CICS hosts Panjab University Vice-Chancellor R.C. Sobti at an alumni dinner for Panjab University graduates settled in British Columbia

UFV and Panjab University agree to deliver dual Master’s degree in Police Administration and Criminology

 CICS launches Certificate in India–Canada Studies, and offers 23 courses related to India

JUL 08
UFV professor Yvon Dandurand, Associate Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies, Satwinder Bains, Director, Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, and Vice President, Academic and Provost Dianne Common visit Panjab University and SD College. Professor Dandurand presents special lecture on Canada–India Research Partnerships in the Field of Justice, Public Safety, and Human Rights at Panjab University

UFV signs a $60,000 three-year collaborative research and development MoU with the University of Mumbai’s English department

UFV explores future research collaborations with Himachal Pradesh University

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) commits CDN$250,000 to UFV for the B.C. Regional Innovation Chair in Canada–India Business and Economic Development. The Chair position is held by UFV President’s Advisor on India Professor DJ Sandhu, who is also responsible for UFV’a BBA degree program that operates in Chandigarh. The position is mandated to supply effective, appropriate, and practical research to local businesses, and assist them in capitalizing on opportunities between British Columbia and India. It is Canada’s only such centre for south Asian trade and exchange. RBC will work with UFV to develop and promote roundtables, seminars, speaking events (live and online), and a guide that will feature information on how to do business in and with India

OCT 08
Two Canadian interns from UFV, Baldeep Toor and Satinder Sangha, successfully complete five month internship at the Canadian Studies Centre, Panjab University

Follow-up meeting of the Child Friendly Cities Conference held at Canadian Studies Centre, Panjab University, with leadership from UFV professor Cherie Enns and UFV student Baldeep Toor. Thirty activists, academics and city planners meet to discuss future steps

NOV 08
UFV celebrates its third anniversary and annual scholarship awards ceremony, awarding CDN$5000 in scholarships and other honours

Three students in UFV’s Canadian BBA degree program in Chandigarh secure the number one spot worldwide in an online business simulation conducted for their Business Policy class. Completing for 11 weeks against 1725 teams and 105 universities and colleges worldwide, the trio was the only team from India to reach final rounds

UFV signs MoU with Manipal University, Karnatika, to enable dual degrees; the exchange of students, faculty, and researchers; and, other educational initiatives of mutual benefit

DEC 08
UFV signs MoU with India’s Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), in a move that aims to empower entrepreneurs in north India’s rural communities

JAN 09
UFV and Sanatan Dharma College Chandigarh host Canadian Member of Parliament Ujjal Dosanjh for an interactive discussion with students, where he urged them to trigger change for a new India

JAN 09
UFV and Sanatan Dharma College Chandigarh host an International Conference on Corporate Governance, featuring talks by Canadian lawyers Nicolas Rouleau and Joseph Pagé, along with SD College faculty.

JUL 09
Students of UFV’s BBA degree program in Chandigarh once again celebrate Canada day in style by wearing red, celebrating in the streets of Chandigarh, and cutting a giant Canada Flag cake at Silver in Sector 26.

JUL 09
Members of the Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association (FVICBA) endows the Indo-Canadian Pioneer Endowment Leadership Award with a gift of $12,500, creating an annual award of approximately $500 to recognize a UFV student who has demonstrated excellence through leadership in a range of non-academic fields such as community service, student activities, and volunteerism.

NOV 09
Award-winning author and member of the Order of Canada M.G. Vassanji visits the UFV Abbotsford campus to treat the campus community to a reading from The Assassin’s Song.

NOV 09
UFV celebrates its 4th Anniversary and Awards Ceremony in India by awarding Rs. 2-lakh (CDN $5000) in scholarships to deserving students. Panchkula students Manbeen Riar and Reekrit Serai took home Rs. 1-lakh and Rs. 50,000 respectively. Senior students Amarmeet Khehra, of Chandigarh, and Ssonam Dutta, of Shimla, each walked away with Rs. 25,000 for maintaining averages above 95 per cent.

DEC 09
Ms. Jasleen Gill of District Nawanshahr, who started UFV’s BBA degree program in Chandigarh in 2006, transferred to Canada in 2008 and fast-tracked her studies, becomes the first graduate of UFV’s BBA degree program in Chandigarh. Soon after, Jasleen lands a job as Account Executive with Regency Direct Marketing in Abbotsford, British Columbia. 

JAN 10
UFV’s partnership with CRRID (Center for Research in Rural and Industrial Development) facilitates the launch of the new British Columbia Investment Office in Chandigarh, India. British Columbia Attorney General and Government House Leader is in the northern city to conduct the ribbon-cutting ceremony with CRRID Executive Vice-Chair Dr. Rashpal Malhotra and Prof DJ Sandhu, who holds the position of BC Regional Innovation Chair, Canada–India Business & Economic Development and who is responsible for the UFV Canadian BBA degree program in Chandigarh, India.

The first batch of UFV BBA degree students at SD College Chandigarh, in 2006, graduates with their UFV Canadian BBA degree. 

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