Dr. Anirudh Pratap Singh, Dean – Research and Consultancy and Director – Punjab Technological University Campus, Kapurthala announced in a meeting in Gujarat that “PIT” i.e. Punjab Institute of Technology which is similar to IIT will be set up at Kapurthala ( only PG Program ) and three other PITs for Under Graduate program at Mansa, Nandgarh and Rajpura.
Dr. Singh briefly introduced PTU as the largest Technical University of India. He said that PTU was set up on Jan. 16th, 1997 in a Transit Campus. PTU then was Shifted to its own 78.16 acres Campus in 2008. PTU Started its journey with 09 Engineering & 05 management colleges affiliated to it. And today University has the strength of more than 400 colleges, 4,00,000 students and more than 20 Campuses. Dr. A. P. Singh gave the details of the university related fees for all the courses. Dr. Singh said that it is very interesting to note that PTU offers Multi- Entry-Multi-Exit facility wherein the students undergo two semesters of a graduate program and quit with diploma and again after a brief industry exposure they can re-join the remaining graduation period at their convenience of time and economy. The university also has lateral entry system.
As regards admissions, Dr. A. P. Singh informed the members that the Admissions are made twice a year in March and September outside Punjab and in September only in the state of Punjab. The University works on semester system and examinations are conduced twice a year in March and September. The counseling is held at the learning centres and the candidates contact the Learning centre. The admissions are done subject to availability of seats / course at Learning Centre. Dr. Singh also critically put up the details on Examination system of PTU. The examination system is Semester wise for the Regular program the weightage of University Exam is 60% and Sessional is 40% ( class tests, assignments, quizzes ) whereas DEP examination system includes weightage of University exam 75% and Sessional 25% ( assignment, etc ).
The University has established more than 450 examination centers across the country, so that the students can appear in the exam in the native places. PTU examination system handles more than 25 Lac answer books per annum and declares result much prior to commencement of the next examination. The detailed mark cards of past students are issued simultaneously. All question papers are made available in soft copy through the web based software to the examination centre 30 minutes before the commencement of exam. Therefore, there is no risk of any paper leakage and there is no need to handle the security of question papers through banks or superintendents where human dependence is inevitable. No human intelligence is required to print these papers.
Dr. A. P. Singh proudly stated following are the outstanding achievements of the University :
- ICT Enabled University.
- Recipient of eINDIA-2010 Award.
- Paperless Communication with Colleges & Learning Centers.
- Strong EDP, 24 X 7 Call Center.
- Bipartite agreement with Institutions of Nepal and Bangladesh.
- Offering Industrial Training in USA.
- Dr. A. P. Singh stated briefly the recent initiatives taken by the University viz.
- Online Counseling Process.
- AIEEE instead of CET for admissions to Engineering.
- Teaching in English, Punjabi and Hindi to cater to the Rural students of 1st and 2nd year students
- Introduction of compulsory subject of Communication Skills, Personality Development and Human Values in each stream.
- A Scholarship fund of Rs. 3.2 Crore
- Fee waiver scheme for economically weak students.
Dr. A. P. Singh stated that PTU is a Self financed University and is not receiving any grants from the Government or UGC. The corpus fund for the year 2011-12 of the university is Rs. 800 Crore. The investments in the Self financed universities are both from Public as well as Private sectors which is more than Rs. 5000 crore in PTU affiliated colleges and Learning Centres. The academic programs are classified into two:
- Regular Mode
- Distance Education Mode
The academic programs in Regular Mode include AICTE courses, Non-AICTE Courses, M. Tech Program, M. Phil, Ph. D programs. He said that PTU has affiliated with more than 100 engineering Colleges. Besides this,
- 139 Colleges having Management and Computer Application courses,
- 37 institutions imparting Pharmacy Courses,
- 11 colleges imparting Hotel Management education,
- 06 Colleges providing Architecture Education and
- 21 Regional Centre for M. Tech and Ph. D in different branches of Engineering and Management and
- 01 Regional Centre for M. Pharmacy.
- More than 2000 Learning Centres of PTU are providing professional education through Distance Learning all over the Country and abroad.
More than 65% Engg Seats Vacant in Punjab after 1st Round of Online Counselling conducted by PTU
Out of 32789, around 10146 seats were allotted to the applicants on the basis of their performance in AIEEE. However, only 11676 students filled for allotment of seats. 7907 out of a total of 30306 engineering seats in PTU affiliated Colleges ( 26% ) were allotted in the first round of joint counselling.
The final round of the counselling would start on 13th July, 2012 while the results would be made public on 20th July, 2012. After second round, the vacant seats of all categories would be converted into management quota seats for allotment by the colleges concerned as per prescribed norms.
Sources maintained that mushrooming of large number of engineering colleges in Punjab during the past one decade was responsible for such a high percentage of vacant B. Tech programme seats.
The approach of All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ) and state government in “liberally” granting permission to open engineering colleges without assessing their need at grass root level has also come under scanner.
Punjab Technical University begins B.Com & M.Com Courses
To meet the growing demand for a specialized HR skill set in industries like accounting, finance and capital marketing, Punjab Technical University ( PTU ) has launched B.Com and M.Com professional courses under its distance education programme.
The undergraduate and post – graduate degree programmes would be open to everybody – from students to working professionals, housewives and entrepreneurs.
“The traditional B.Com degree just entails classroom teaching of the accounting methodologies and laws. This course was designed at a time when the economy had not thought of globalization and FDI,” said D.S.Sekhon, the president of All India PTU DEP Associates.
Talking about the new course, Renowned Chartered Accountant and Former Chairman of Ludhiana branch of ICAI Kavitansh Khanna said, “The industry is looking for multifaceted professionals for handling their diversified business needs and skills”.
IBM AI signs MoU with PTU to achieve faculty development
The affiliated colleges of Punjab Technical University ( PTU ) will now conduct a series of Faculty Development Programs ( FDP ) after a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU ) was signed between IBM Academic Initiative ( AI ) and the University on 4th July, 2012.
About 100 faculty members have already been trained on DB2 technologies who will train the students on the IBM’s well known database at their respective colleges. The partnership aims to train and build a skilled resource base on leading software technologies relevant to the those prevalent in the market.
IBM AI program has been created with a aim to equip educational institutions with the latest IT tools in the market, so that the students are prepared for the opportunities in the professional world.
PTU Vice Chancellor Dr Rajneesh Arora said that this partnership was aimed at making faculty and students familiar with IBM technologies in pursuit of their academic excellence. “This initiative is focussed at taking industry relevant technology to the doorsteps of prospective technocrats to bridge the gap in technical expertise of prospective IT workforce,” he said.
“Through this partnership, we will be able to help students understand the latest developments in the field of software engineering and also encourage students to apply their learning to solve real – world problems. The certifications and hands – on experience in problem solving will make them more employable,” he added.
This collaboration will initially help in training and certifying 300 faculty of PTU and will impact knowledge base development of more than 1500 PTU students on software technologies that will increase their professional skills so that the are prepared for employment. The development program will cover all affiliated colleges of PTU and extended to students across all the colleges of PTU, said a PTU spokesperson.
Karthik Padmanabhan, Country Manager, ISV & developer relations, IBM India, said, “This partnership aims to bridge the academia – industry gap by training the faculty and students on cutting edge software tools and technologies. The ongoing series of faculty development programs will ensure smoother knowledge transition to students.”
Punjab Technical University for Two Counselling Sessions this time
This time, there will be only two rounds of counselling for bachelor of technology ( B.Tech ) and bachelor of architecture ( B.Arch ) courses of Punjab Technical University ( PTU ). Counselling under the fee waiver scheme will also be done simultaneously.
According to this schedule announced by PTU, admissions would be on the basis of AIEEE merit and in four universities of the state and affiliated colleges. The universities include PTU Jalandhar, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; Panjabi University, Patiala, and Punjab Agriculture University in Ludhiana.
University officials said the primary reason for reducing the number of counselling rounds from three to two was that with three counselling rounds, studies start in September as admissions and reporting time of the students in the third round would extend till August.
However, it is learnt that the latest decision would give more room to colleges and after counselling sessions, the colleges can fill the seats on their own by making merit on basis of applications reaching them directly.
According to information provided by the admission cell of the university, the last date of fee submission for the first counselling session is 27th June, 2012 and for second session is 1st July, 2012 to 13th July, 2012. In the second round, fee submission will be made compulsory for those students who failed to submit their fee in the first round.
University Vice – Chancellor Dr Rajneesh Arora said 85% seats would be reserved for students from Punjab and 15% seats would allotted to outsiders.