Fighting fund crunch, HPTU poised to provide quality education

Dinesh Kanwar

Established in 2010, the Himachal Pradesh Technical University (HPTU) is still facing financial hurdles. 

Even after eight years of establishment, the university is yet to have its own campus and is being run from borrowed buildings from different departments. 

Significantly, the university was established with an objective for value creation and welfare of society through technical education training, research, innovation, entrepreneurship and continuing education programmes. Unfortunately, the university remained headless as the post of Vice-Chancellor remained vacant for long time, which resulted in the delay of the execution of various programmes. Not only this, no new programme could be conceived to uplift the standard of education. In the absence of the head of the institution, the standard of the university deteriorated to the extent that it became difficult to fill seats allotted to its affiliated colleges, following which a number of affiliated colleges had to shut down. At present, 47 colleges across the state are affiliated with the university.

Meanwhile, Dr SP Bansal was appointed the Vice-Chancellor by the present government on June 12, 2018, to revive the reputation and glory of the university, but the financial crunch was still a hurdle in the uplift of the university.

Notably, the new VC started the first on-campus college of the university from the building of Government Boys Senior Secondary School here with MBA and other Masters programmes, which has received desired response as well.

Dr SP Bansal said: “The university is responsive to the changing and exceptional requirements of our society and economy and contributes to find answers to global problems. The construction work on the proposed HPTU campus is in progress and we hope to shift the administrative block to the new campus by March this year. I have urged the state government to give at least Rs 100 crore to upgrade the all-round standard of the university.” HPTU is the first university in the country to set up the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Chair for research. 

He said the university offers both short-term and long-term programmes leading to advance diploma and degrees, which are conventional as well as innovative through public and private participation. He said the programmes offered are designed to equip graduates with the necessary skills and expertise to be leaders in their chosen profession, be it science, engineering or technology. This is being achieved through a benchmarking system, which ensures that training and research programmes always meet the highest standards, he said.

The start of degree programme in adventure tourism is a new initiative that Bansal had proposed in the university and had managed to get Rs 2.25 crore from the Centre to accomplish the project. The university is also providing GATE coaching to students and 375 of them have already completed the coaching. 

Courses offered

Graduate programmes

  • n Bachelor of Pharmacy 
  • n Bachelor of Pharmacy(Ayurveda) 
  • n B.Tech in Automobile Engineering
  • n B.Tech in Civil Engineering
  • n B.Tech in Computer Science Engineering
  • n B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • n B.Tech in Electrical Engineering
  • n B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • n B.Tech in Information Technology
  • n B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering
  • n Textile Engineering
  • n B.Tech in B.Sc. in Hotel Management and Catering Technology 
  • n Bachelor in Hotel Management

Post-graduate programmes

  • nMaster of Business Administration 
  • n MBA in Tourism and Hospitality 
  • n Master of Computer Applications 
  • n Master of Pharmacy (Pharmaceutics)
  • n Master of Pharmacy (Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Assurance) 
  • n M.Sc in Physics 
  • n M.Sc in Environmental Sciences 
  • n M.Tech in Civil Engineering
  • n M.Tech in Computer Science
  • n M.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • n M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering