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Exam centre at Doraha leaves PTU distance education students high and dry

Thousands of students of three learning centres running under distance education programme of Punjab Technical University in Ludhiana, are a harried lot as their examination centre has been set up at a college in Doraha, 25km from the city.

punjab Updated: Nov 16, 2013 20:35 IST
Harshraj Singh

Thousands of students of three learning centres running under distance education programme of Punjab Technical University in Ludhiana, are a harried lot as their examination centre has been set up at a college in Doraha, 25km from the city.


The students alleged that they would be forced to take examination at a college in Doraha, which they were not informed about at the beginning of the session. The examination of information technology and management courses will commence from November 20.

A total of nine learning centres under distance education programme are running in Ludhiana. Around 4,500 students are studying in these nine centres. According to sources, around 2,000 students study in the learning centres at Kitchlu Nagar, Model Town and Feroze Gandhi Market.

“I have a job and am pursuing BSc IT through distance education programme from a centre in Ludhiana, alongside. For the past five semesters, the examination centre was formed in city. My exams will be held in evening session from 2:30pm to 5:30pm at Doraha, leaving me between the devil and the deep blue sea. I appeal to the university authorities to make our centre in Ludhiana itself,” said Antima, a student.

Another student, Anu Bhatt said, “We are unhappy with our centre being made out of city. We want the university authorities to make our centre within the city, as we are studying in a learning centre in Ludhiana.”

“For the past 12 years, the examination centres have been setup in Ludhiana city, but this is the first time that the students will be forced to take examination at Doraha. We are helpless, even as many students and their families are opposing the decision of the university,” a teacher, requesting anonymity, said.

He said a lot of girls and housewives were pursuing degree and diploma courses in information technology and management at these centres.

Stating that this was totally mismanagement on the part of PTU, he said as many as 50% students were from rural areas and had no arrangements to go back home in the evening after taking the examinations at Doraha.

When contacted, PTU examination incharge Amanpreet Singh disconnected the phone. When a text message was sent to him, he replied to talk to the public relation officer (PRO) of PTU. PRO Rajnish Sharma's mobile phone was switched off.