Due to the continuous dip in the Government educational grants, Punjabi University is now planning to set up study centres and even campuses in neighbouring countries of Nepal, Canada, and even in Europe and Africa. Foray to these countries has been planned, keeping in mind the large number of students coming to India for higher studies.
Punjabi University is keener on setting centres in UK and Canada as there is a huge population of Indians in these countries for whom such centres would certainly be a boon.
This proposal, the brainchild of Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh has got acceptance from the university syndicate. It was put forth by the dean, academic affairs, AS Chawla, who has experience of teaching in African and European countries.
This step has been taken as the university is reeling under financial distress, with a projected loss of Rs 130 crore in a budget of Rs 530 crore for 2016-17.
Moving forward, a committee has been constituted by the V-C under Dean Chawla that would take the matter up with the University Grants Commission (UGC), the foreign ministry and other authorities.
The step by the University promises good returns as many private universities in Punjab have been attracting a large number of students from African as well as other less-developed countries from within Asia.