PTU has opened its doors for direct admission to 2nd year for engineering, MBA & MCA courses from 2013.
Punjab Technical University (PTU) is allowing direct admission into the second semester for engineering courses, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) courses & Masters in Computer Application (MCA) courses keeping in mind the seats in its affiliated colleges.
A strategically planned course of curriculum has been designed, in which, students after admission to the second semester can attend classes for first semester during summer vacations and appear for exams later. The lack of students is due to two primary reasons:
- Too many colleges
- Lack of proper infrastructure and facility
Punjab Technical University has nearly 110 colleges under it offering engineering courses and 139 colleges offering management and computer application courses. Classes for first semester courses started in July and those for the second semester will start in January.
News sources reveal that only 30% of seats in six new colleges in Bathinda, Mandi Gobindgarh and Jalandhar have been filled. Buta Singh, Dean (Academics), PTU said that the university had asked all affiliated colleges to admit students directly in the second semester by Jan 22. "The idea is to fill seats. This system has been adopted by many leading foreign universities," he said.
He also added that PTU was working out the modalities to conduct classes for students, who take direct admission in the second semester at different colleges, at a common campus.
"There are cases where students could not get admission because they had failed in a subject in Class 12 or missed the deadline waiting for results of other universities. Now, such students can avail themselves of this opportunity. If we get good results, we will implement this model in all other courses too," Buta Singh said. Besides this, PTU is working on strategies to woo students from neighbouring states & countries as well.
While the move seems to create a win-win situation for all, what remains to be observed is whether the quality of education will suffer in the process or not.