Punjab has been one of the most prosperous states in India since independence by way of green & white revolution, however, this achievement was washed over due to insufficient growth of industry in Punjab. 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 by an act of State Legislative. The University was entrusted with the responsibility of developing the new generation of technical manpower that can spearhead the industrial development of the State and the region.
Punjab Technical University (PTU) was established by an act of State Legislature on 16th Jan 1997, to promote Technical, Management, Applied Sciences education in the state and other region at the Degree level and above. The University has the mandate to set up centres of Excellence in Emerging Technologies and for promoting Training and Research Development in these areas. One of the main focus of the University at this time is in the area of professional skill oriented technologies to the masses. The University has undertaken the task of training students to help in the development of skilled manpower in this sector in the country in general and in the state particular. With this goal in mind, the University is promoting a number of courses in different streams in regular as well as distance education program.
As of today, PTU affiliates more than 380 Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Hotel Management and Architecture Colleges in the State that are approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). PTU understands that restricting technical education to its campuses only will not serve its objective of creating a knowledge rich society. It has firmly understood that latest technical education has to be spread to the general masses. This is how the Distance Education Program (DEP) of the Punjab Technical University was conceived. The objective of the program is to impart affordable, relevant, skill-based & remunerative technical education to the masses of the country. Today, the University has more than 2000 Learning Centers spread across the Country offering quality technical education in Information Technology, Business Administration, Business Management, Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Tourism, Airline, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Fashion Technology, Jewellery, Interior & Textile design, Paramedical & Applied Technologies, Radiology & Imaging Technology, Operation Theatre Technology, Medical Lab Technology, Clinical Microbiology, Bio-informatics, Biotechnology, Fire Safety & Hazards Management, Media & Multimedia Technology, Mass Communication, Advertisement & Journalism at the diploma, undergraduate, and postgraduate level courses.
DEP, in a country like India, is an effective way of spreading the education to the people. Distance education is an established and recognized mode of education, which is in consonance with changing socio-economic needs and emerging demands of the knowledge era. Keeping up with the spirit of open University system and in accordance with National Policy of Education which lays emphasis on continuing and distance education, the University is providing quality education in rural and urban areas. The University has a mission to provide excellent education to the PTU students and make the affiliated Learning Centers as center of excellence, and for that a lot of progressive moves to modernize the mode of teaching are being taken by the University