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About Us

About Centre for Distance and Online Education

Centre for Distance and Online Education (previously known as Department of Open and Distance Learning) was established in 1968 and has been a pioneer institute imparting education through the distance mode. It has been the second institute in the country  to  adopt the non-formal mode of imparting education. This was the first centre in India to introduce a regional language as medium of instruction and examination. Presently, the Centre is managing 34 multi-faculty programmes. Student enrolment in the centre has been as high as twelve to fifteen thousand in previous years. The centre is proud of its students who have always performed exceptionally well in the University examinations, lending credence to the fact that the distance mode of learning is second to none.


  • Carefully planned lessons written by eminent scholars or study material are supplied to the students regularly.

  • The prepared lessons include suggested readings and important questions at the end to motivate the students to read independently and supplement their knowledge.

  • To supplement the material provided through lessons, some video lessons are also made available to the students.

  • Evaluation of Response-Sheets/ Projects submitted by the students is done by the teachers of the department.

  • Personal Contact Programmes (PCPs) are regularly conducted to provide intensive classroom instructions, opportunity to discuss, and personal guidance to the students. However, the PCP may be held through online mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Text books and other reading material can be procured by the student from a well-equipped departmental library.

  •  Library facility is also available for the students at Learners Support Centres established by the department at Punjabi University Regional Centre, Bathinda; Government Barjindra College, Faridkot; S.D. College, Barnala; Desh Bhagat College, Bardwal (Dhuri) and Gurmat Sagar Trust, Village Sahota, Sri Anandpur Sahib.

  • The students belonging to Scheduled Caste Category and Backward Classes are entitled to fee benefits as per the latest rules of Punjab Government.


Heads of the Department (Directors of Centre)

The department was fortunate in having a galaxy of academic administrators as its Heads of the Department. These included

  1. Professor Bakshish Singh

  2. Professor Joginder Kaushal

  3. Professor  Mohinder Pal Kohli

  4. Professor Upinderjit Kaur

  5. Professor Tarlok Singh Anand

  6. Professor Jasmail Singh Brar

  7. Professor Shiv Gajrani

  8. Professor Bhupinder Sigh Khaira

  9. Professor Kumkum Bajaj

  10. Professor Hari Singh Boparai

  11. Professor Surinder Mohan Verma

  12. Professor Tejinder Kaur

  13. Professor Kanwaljit Kaur Gill

  14. Professor Jamshid Ali Khan

  15. Professor Balbir Singh

  16. Professor Anita Gill

  17. Professor Satnam Singh Sandhu

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