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Punjab Technical University
Punjab Technical University
Punjab has been one of the most prosperous state in India ever since Independence by way of green and white revolution, however, this achievement was washed over due to insufficient growth of the industry in Punjab. Initially, certain industrial segments started well but due to lack of sufficient and affordable technical manpower and absence of innovative upgradation in technologies the industries of the State lagged behind as compared to other States like Maharashtra, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh.
To address this issue of Technical Manpower shortage and to usher into a new era of Industrial Development comparable to International Standards, the Punjab Government constituted Punjab Technical University (PTU) in 1997. The University was entrusted with the responsibility of developing the new generation of technical manpower that can spearhead the industrial development of the State. Punjab Technical University has been formed to be the grooming ground for the future Engineers, Managers and Researchers.
As of today, PTU affiliates about 145 Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Hotel Management and Architecture Colleges in the State that are approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
Need for creating a knowledge rich society in Punjab
The time, at which PTU was formed, the whole world was going through a new revolution. It was a stage when there was an Internet boom and the world had realized the importance of Technical Education in the modern society. There was an immediate need for educating masses in the latest job-oriented and skill-based technologies.
Carrying on this philosophy, PTU realized that restricting technical education to its campuses only will not serve its objective of creating a knowledge rich society. It was firmly understood that latest technical education has to be spread to the general masses. This is how the Distance Education Programme of the Punjab Technical University was conceived.
The main objectives of this programme are:
- To bring remunerative, more affordable, high quality & skill-based Technical Education to the general masses of the country.
- To simultaneously spread this kind of education to all parts of the country at a rapid pace.
- To constantly monitor, manage and upgrade this programme.
Today, the University has more than 845 Learning Centres spread across the country offering quality technical education in the fields of Information Technology and Management, Paramedical Technology, Fashion Technology, Hotel Management & Tourism, Media and Mass Communication & Journalism.
All courses offered by PTU are as per the nomenclature and guidelines of University Grants Commission that makes these courses universally acceptable.
PTU revises its curriculum periodically as per the industry requirements and offers latest subjects and technologies empowering the students to get a degree and the skills to be employable.
Multi Entry & Multi Exit System
PTU offers a unique Multi Entry & Multi Exit System called the pyramid structure of courses. Under the system, the 10 + 2 student, after undergoing 2 semesters of U.G. programme, can take a diploma and exit or continue with the graduation degree. The diploma student can enter the same system after some time from where he had left. Such ad missions are termed as Lateral Entries. The same mechanism works for post-graduate courses.
The examination pattern ensures that the understanding and knowledge of the candidate is extensively tested. The exam centres are established at reputed institutions all over India, keeping in mind that students do not have to travel much for appearing in examinations.
DISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAMME
Communication & Soft Skills
Irrespective of the course chosen, the student takes up the subject of Communication and Soft Skills that includes communicative English, presentation skills, etc. enabling the student to present himself in a better position in front of the prospective employer.
The curriculum and the calendar provides minimum 240 hours of education delivery in each semester to all students. This is apart from the tests, assignments, self learning exercises, projects, industrial training etc. This is normally taken as 2 hours per day or consolidated at the weekends. Daily interaction with the faculty enhances the understanding of the subject.
So as to meet the basic objective of distance learning, PTU has established a network of more than 845 Learning Centres across the country, so as to reach every nook and corner of the country and provide the students with a second chance of learning. PTU has established centres in almost all states and even at the most remote locations like Kargil & Imphal.
PTU establishes Learning Centres with adequate class rooms and required amenities for teaching and learning. It almost replaces the regular mode of education where the students can take lectures and interact with faculty and fellow students. Modern teaching aids like Television, Overhead Projector, LCD Projector, white boards etc are extensively used for the delivery of education.
Learning Centres are equipped with lab facilities including computers, high speed internet connectivity, medical equipments & chemicals, designing labs, drafting tables, sewing machines, back end kitchen, advance kitchen training restaurants etc. as per the course requirement. Many LCs also have industry tie ups with hotels & restaurants, hospitals and clinics and other such establishments to give hands on industry exposure.
PTU has set norms for the minimum qualifications of the faculty who conduct classes at the Learning Centres. To keep the faculties updated with the latest technologies, the faculty development programmes are periodically organized at regional levels.
The Learning Centres have well-stocked library having reference books, magazines and journals, newsletters etc for further reading on the subject.
To make learning easier, effective and interesting, PTU has started providing most of its course material in the SIM (Self Instructional Material) format. SIM are closer to reference material than to learning texts. They are the instruments for learning which present the information in a detailed form and facilitate independent learning. Other than this, the learning centre provides notes to the students.
To supplement the class room teaching and the self instruction material, PTU has developed Computer Based Tutorials for all the subjects. These materials are prepared by experts of respective fields and help the student to learn the subject at his own pace/convenience.
Internal Tests and Self Assessment
The Learning Centres assess the students periodically through group discussions, projects, and internal tests. These internal tests contribute 25% as internal assessment in each semester where as external examination conducted by the University contributes 75%.
To handle the large database of its distance education students, the University has set up an exclusive Electronic Data Processing Section that has enhanced the result declaration process, enabling students to have sufficient time for preparation of the subsequent examination.
As the programme requires only 2 hours of study everyday, it empowers the students for multi-tasking like employment, entrepreneurship, family business, house keeping or continuing a dual degree programme. This saves a lot of precious time and money.
Up to 100% fee waiver is offered to physically challenged students with an aim to integrate them in to the knowledge society.
PTU Distance Education Programme is widely accepted nationally and internationally. Lately, the M.Sc. IT degree has been rated equivalent to Masters Degree in the United Kingdom. The diploma and degree programmes have also been accredited by International University Accrediting Association, California, USA.