PTU rolls out ambitious plan


Staff member
Jalandhar March 10:

The Punjab Technical University ( PTU) is going to spend Rs 15 crore each on the construction of four Punjab Institutes of Technology ( PITs) and the proposed Punjab Institute of Management, announced the PTU Vice Chancellor Dr Rajneesh Arora here.

The foundation stone of PIT at Mansa, he said, will be laid on March 26 by the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal. The PTU, he disclosed, had decided that students to be enrolled for the M.Tech and MBA courses at its own campus would have to clear GATE and CAT respectively. All admitted students would receive a stipend of Rs 8000 per month during the the two year degree courses.

Scholarship for weaker section students has been introduced for the first time from this session, he said. A sum of Rs 2 crore has been earmarked for the purpose but the modalities for disbursement, he admitted, are yet to be finalised. The Board of Governors has also sanctioned Rs 2 crore for a ‘Prototype Development Innovation Fund’ which could be availed collectively by any top 20 research scholars, college students, professionals, mechanics or experts from the state. “The project plans would have to be sent to the Director of IIT Ropar and cleared by a team of experts,” the VC informed.

The University also hopes to added to its corpus of Rs 500 crore this year with the transfer of Rs 17.8 crore more to the existing amount. The University’s income is expected to be in the region of Rs 452 crore in the coming year and its expenditure around Rs 434 crore. This would include a sum of Rs 40 crore as income from interest on the fund. Meanwhile, expenses on salary head have increased from Rs 10 crore a year to Rs 14.5 crore.

Based on the Super 30 scheme made popular in Bihar, the PTU is mulling over a plan to offer free coaching to bright but poor students from rural background for clearing the joint entrance examination to IITs. The Vice Chancellor said that the University has plans to start coaching in Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Engineering and Techology, Ferozepur, its affiliated college.

The proposal was cleared at the Board of Governors (BoG) meeting held at Chandigarh to finalise the budget. According to the plan, the University will hold an entrance test for class X students in May. The top 50 students would then be offered free studies till Plus Two, free accommodation, food, books and uniform. “Our idea is to provide an opportunity to those students who otherwise cannot afford to take expensive coaching for the purpose”, said Dr Arora.



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good initiative...............much appreciated :wah

Would love to see a Punjab with IIT, ISB, Thapar and PITs.....hope PITs do great job


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///Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Engineering and Techology, Ferozepur,....
the college where i studied...:)