About the institution: The objective was to take university-based education beyond the four walls of the university. It provides education at the doorstep for those who are unable to access formal education. Started as a Directorate, it is now a full-fledged USOL with due representation on all university bodies.
Programmes on offer: Supported by a well-qualified, research-oriented faculty and efficient staff, the USOL offers 28 courses i.e. undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma and professional courses. Some innovative and socially-relevant courses such as certificate course in Vivekanand studies, diploma in human rights and a diploma in naturopathy and yoga have been recently introduced
Fees range: R6,000 to R22,000 approx a year (2010-11).
Support systems/ facilities for students: Panjab University launched an online fee payment system for its students from academic year 2009-10 where students can submit their tuition fees online. Other facilities include a well-equipped library, postal library facilities, an educational media centre, laboratories, a computer lab and subsidised hostel facility for outstation students. The USOL also involves the students in co-curricular activities and brings them together on a common platform despite their diverse locations.
Total no. and list of study centres: USOL has only one study centre, which is located in the Panjab University (PU)
Enrollment (throughout the year/ mention month/s?): For July session, it allows students to take admission from August to November.
Approval from DEC: The USOL has been approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC). There is no such duration of validity of the approval.
Student speak: “I pursued MBA with specialisation in HR from the University Institute of Applied Management Sciences at Panjab University. I would recommend it to those looking for a distance learning programme in MBA as the faculty at the institute was really good and we got study material which helped us a lot.
While pursuing this programme, I joined my father’s firm and handled the accounts there. After my marriage last year, I joined my father-in-law’s business where I used my HR skills while interacting with the staff. I plan to work as an HR in a reputed company in future,” says Damneet Kaur.
Programmes on offer
Bachelor of library and information science (one year course)
Bachelor of education (BEd I and II) (for in-service teachers only)
M.A. I & II
English, political science, Hindi, history, Punjabi, economics, sociology, public administration (semester system)
Master of finance and control I and II
Master of commerce I and II
Master of education (for in-service teachers only) MBA (off campus)
PG dip. in international business
PG dip. in computer applications
PG dip. in human rights and duties
PG dip. in health, family welfare and population education
PG dip. in library automation and networking
PG dip. in mass communication Postgraduate dip. in statistics
Advance dip. in naturopathy and yoga
Diploma. in photography
Certificate course in Vivekananda studies
Certificate course in women’s studies
Compiled by Gauri Kohli