The Punjabi University has dropped admission for distance graduate and postgraduate courses at its Department of Open and Distance Learning for the academic session 2023-24. The University was unable to pay fees to the Distance Education Bureau (DEB) of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for administering distance education courses before 31 March 2023. This led to DEB suspending approval to enroll fresh students at Punjabi University.
Around 15,000 students were enrolled in distance courses at the Punjabi University and they left the institution once this news was declared officially. This decision damaged the universities reputation further affecting its revenue sources.
In response to the DEB decision, the university suspended staff members including the HOD of distance education Prof Satnam Singh and a clerical staff employee Sukhwinder Singh as the department failed to pay the fee before the last date declared by the concerned authority.
The Punjabi University offered 17 graduate and 17 postgraduate distance courses that were recognized by UGC. The vice-chancellor Dr. Arvind put forward efforts to gain DEB’s approval, but failed as the documentation was not accepted due to lack of fees before 31 March.
The university has requested students to withdraw fees who are enrolled for fresh courses. The future of these students is unclear as no statement of approval for their degree is provided by the university.