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 up gradation in technologies the industries of the state lagged behind as compared to other states like Maharastra, 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.
Ask. of today, PTU affiliates more than 122 engineering, management, pharmacy, hotel management and architecture colleges in the state that are approved by All India Council of Technical Education.
Need for creating a knowledge rich society in Punjab
The time of today, the whole world was going through’ a new revolution. It was 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 technology.
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 425 learning centres spread across the country offering quality technical education in the fields of Information Technology, 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 Grand 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 admissions are termed as lateral Entries. The same mechanism works for post graduate courses.