The Punjab University Regional Centre, Muktsar, which offers four Masters-level courses, and other streams, is functioning from a run-down building that is badly in the need of repair and overhaul.
The 40-room centre, established in 1998, is running from land that belongs to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), with the varsity failing to shift to its own land.
The building has rooms that are full of peeled paint. Majority of the roofs are leaking and there is danger that this monsoon, it might even collapse, endangering the lives of students and teachers.
"The regional centre has definitely helped in raising literacy levels of residents in the area, especially of girls. If the infrastructure can be improved and upgraded, we will attract an even larger pool of students," says Dr PS Dhingra, director of the centre.
"The building has old kind of tiles and batta roof, which gets damaged during monsoon and leaks every season. We are yet to set right the damage caused to two rooms last season," said a teacher.
"We need to shift and construct a new building on our own land. The matter has been brought to the notice of the chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who had assured us that he would give us some land. A piece of land at Government College, Muktsar, is likely to be given to the regional centre, but the process is at its initial stage," added Dhingra.
"Our only hope is the government as the university lacks the necessary resources to buy us the land."