The University School of Open Learning (Formerly known as Department of Correspondence Studiesthe Department of Correspondence Studies), Panjab University was established in 1971. The objective was to take university based education beyond the four walls of the University. It continues to do so and fulfils a prime social responsibility of providing education at the door step for those who are unable to access formal education. Started as a Directorate, it is now a full-fledged USOL with due representation on all University bodies. Supported by a well qualified, research oriented faculty and efficient staff, the USOL offers 28 courses i.e. Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Diploma and Professional Courses. Some innovative and socially relevant Courses such as Certificate Course in Vivekanand Studies, Diploma in Human Rights and a Diploma in Naturopathy & Yoga have been recently introduced.
The method of instruction includes printed study material in Self Learning Mode, Personal Contact Programme, Response Sheets, Assignments, Video and Audio- cassette Lessons on selected topics, Dissertations/Projects in selected courses and Counseling of students on a one to one basis, organizing Regional and National Seminars and Special Lecture Series. To cater to the masses, for most courses, the printed study material is provided in English, Hindi and Punjabi. In addition, the USOL offers a variety of student support services. These include a well equipped Library, postal library facilities, an Educational Media Centre, Laboratories, a Computer Lab and subsidized hostel facility for outstation students. The USOL also involves the students in co-curricular activities and brings them together on a common platform despite their diverse locations.
It is the consistent Endeavour of the USOL to introduce new and relevant courses and explore and adopt e-learning in order to reach more and teach more. Its multi-faculty comprises 50 teachers including the Chairperson.
The Course of study, the syllabi, duration and mode of examinations are the same as prescribed for regular students of University Teaching Departments/Colleges affiliated to the Panjab University.
The capsule teaching programme constitutes printed lecture scripts, personal contact programmes (wherein presence is not compulsory), radio talks, audio and audio-visual lessons.
It has a richly stocked library with more than 86,955 books of text, reference and general on its shelves. In addition, 69 journals, magazines and newspapers are subscribed to local students can read in the library and also borrow books for those residing outside Chandigarh, the library maintains postal service. The students residing at Ludhiana or within a radius of 60 Km. from it can avail library facility at the Panjab University Extension Library, Ludhiana.
The Educational Media Centre (EMC) has produced 325 Audio lessons and 8 Video Programme.s of its own. It has also procured 68 Video pogrammes produced by other institutions to be shown during the PCPs to the students. Students can get duplicate Audio Lessons on the blank cassettes. The centre also provides teaching Aid Materials and Equipments to the faculty of the Department.
Since computers are becoming an integral part of the education process, the USOL has established a small Computer Lab with 20 Computers to facilitate lesson production.
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