Punjab Technical University (PTU) announced its digitisation initiative under which more than 600 books of different subjects and courses have been digitised and uploaded on the website of the varsity, here on Monday.
PTU vice-chancellor Rajneesh Arora said, "We have closed atleast six courses including IT, biotechnology and even those dealing with instrumentation have been closed down in many of our centres. The trends in education are changing and accordingly the education institutes also need to change."
Arora said, "After streamlining the examination system successfully, we are pleased to announce the e-book initiative. In less than three months, we have been able to digitise and upload more than 600 books. Our endeavor is to eventually make all books for every subject and course available online."
He rubbished the allegations that training to join Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is being imparted to the students at the varsity.
Commenting on Supreme court's judgment which has prohibited any university to have centres outside the state, Arora said the university is in a process of changing the nature of its centres run outside the state.
He added, "All centres outside the state will only offer correspondence courses and the centres will hold no classes. We are working with Ministry of Human Resouorces and Development (MHRD) to revise the nature of these centres and they will not be closed, only the working style will be changed."
With putting books online, the university will help students across all learning centers, Usernames and passwords for self instruction material (SIM) or books have already been provided.