PTU will launch ‘Connect to Roots’ course for next generation NRIs from January


Jalandhar As part of a unique initiative, Inder Kumar Gujral Punjab Technical University is undertaking a one-year certificate course in Punjabi language, literature and culture by January. The aim is to ensure that the younger generation of NRI stays connected to its roots, as represented in Punjabi language, culture and literature.

The university’s study council, that vice-chancellor and secretary of the state technical education department, Vikas Garg, gave its approval in principle to the course on Wednesday and sent it to the academic council for final opinion. of the University. Although designed specifically for NRIs, the course will be open to anyone. Other relevant details like fees etc. would also be finalized soon.

Head of Department of Humanities, Languages ​​and Cultural Studies, Sarabjit Singh, said: “The one-year certificate course in Punjabi language, literature and culture will be offered online with two two-hour courses on the module every week. The schedule and timing will be based on the geography of the country of the majority of participants.

The two-hour course will cover the basics of Punjabi, including alphabets, sentence formation, writing and listening, grammar and literature of Punjab and the Punjabi language during the first semester. Punjabi culture and its diversification, as well as Punjabi literature, will be discussed in the second semester.

Sarabjit added, “We started in August and designed the entire course, especially its content, to be taught in the course. The Punjab Tourism Department started this program for NRIs and titled it “Connect with Roots”. We will also be establishing links with the tourism department to promote the course. ”

Sarabjit stressed that the program will be useful for NRIs, as the employability of the participants will increase. “Punjabi newspapers, magazines, news portals and other businesses are thriving in Western countries, where knowledge of Punjabi and Punjabi culture is a major requirement. “

University Registrar Jaspreet Singh said, “As a technical university, we have signed many memoranda of understanding with international universities. One feedback we receive regularly is the organization of short term courses for the NRI diaspora.

“We have finally launched these courses and will start from January 2022. We hope these courses will support our NRIs in their dream of ensuring that their next generation stays close to their roots,” added Jaspreet, who is also Jalandhar ADC (development).


    A staff correspondent, based in Jalandhar, covers the Doaba region of Punjab. Reports on Punjab police, law enforcement branch, politics, corruption, legal and rural areas, socio-economic issues and technical education besides specializing in investigative stories .
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