Punjab Technical University (PTU) will introduce 10 new courses from the academic session beginning June-July this year.
Vice-chancellor Rajneesh Arora said that the academic council, in its recent meeting, had approved the plan to introduce MBA (Business Laws) to meet industry demand for legally qualified business managers at various levels of decision-making.
“In the first phase, the new course will be started at Punjab Institute of Technology (PIT), Kapurthala, with an initial intake of 30 seats. It offers combination of skills with regard to law and management to improve the decision-making process. The two-year programme has been designed to bridge a crucial gap on dealing with various legal aspects handling capacities of the managers,” he said.
Arora said that the minimum eligibility would be graduation in commerce, business administration or law with 50% marks.
“Seats will be filled on the basis of performance of the students in qualifying exam and an interview,” he said, claiming that the PTU was the first university in the country to offer such a course.
Nachattar Singh, the PIT director, said that the four courses of business laws and three courses of business management would be taught during each semester. “The teaching methodology will be oriented towards practical training with emphasis on offering solution to legal complications related to the business operations. The fee for first semester will be Rs 39,000. PTU will charge Rs 37000 each for remaining three semesters,” he said.
The academic council also gave its approval to start Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication to meet the growing demand of media industry as well as educational institutions, which usually lack quality faculty.
Besides, part time post graduate diploma in teaching methodology will also be introduced for the students of the PIT, Kapurthala, Arora said.
He added that during the recent faculty development programme, it was found that the basic teaching skills of the teachers of affiliated colleges was not up to the mark.
“One course on teaching methodologies each will be taught in every semester and students will be issued an add-on diploma after completion of the programme,” Arora said.
Besides, M.Sc. (computer science), M.Sc. (fashion marketing management), M.Sc. garment manufacturing technology), B.Sc. (Fashion design), B.Sc. (textile design), B.Sc. (fashion design knits), B.Sc. (computer science) are also being introduced.
Three certificate programmes in advertising and retailing; credit risk and treasury management and retail banking will also be introduced in evening shifts at PIT, Kapurthala.
The PTU has in-principle decided to set up Guru Nanak Dev Chair to encourage research on philosophy of the first Sikh guru. Separate funds will be earmarked for research fellows to undertake their projects in India as well as abroad.
The new courses
· MBA (Business Laws)
· MSc (Computer science)
· MSc (Fashion marketing management)
· MSc (Garment manufacturing technology)
· BSc (Fashion design)
· BSc (Textile design)
· BSc (Fashion design knits)
· BSc (Computer science)