Punjab University Distance Education Admissions 2019, Fee Structure, Eligibility

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The University School of Open Learning, Punjab University, was one of the first educational institutes to be established in 1971 for students who cannot pursue a formal education. Starting from contact programmes and study materials, it has now over 5000 students, and conducting classes in remote audio-visual mode.

Admission and Application Procedure

Admission Procedure: All applications to the distance education programmes must be made online through the URL given below. The application process is as follows –

  1. Candidates must register themselves and login using the chosen username and password.
  2. The examination-cum-application form must be filled out and submitted. You may need your documents to fill in the academic section of the form.
  3. Candidates will be redirected to the payment section and print the bank or post office e-Challan as applicable.
  4. The fee indicated in the Challan must be deposited at any of the SBI branches or post office after at least 24 hours of generation.
  5. Login to the portal after 48 hours of fee submission and insert payment details as requested.

Application Fee: Please contact the university office.

Mode of Payment: Only bank/ post office Challan is acceptable for application fee payment. No other form of payment will be accepted.

URL for applying online: http://usoladmissions.puchd.ac.in/.The 2016-17 prospectus can be found here – http://usoladmissions.puchd.ac.in/Prospectus.pdf

Supporting documents: A scanned copy of passport-sized photograph and signature of the candidate will be required to fill-up the online application form. The following documents will have to be sent to the given address (see contact details below):

  1. Print out of the Admission-cum-Examination Form Attested photocopies of 10th, 12th and graduation mark sheets will have to be submitted to the nearest study centre opted for as and when required or send via post.
  2. Original degree certificate
  3. Migration certificate for 10+2 (if passed from boards other than PSEB, HSEB, HPSEB, CBSE and ICSE)
  4. Character certificate
  5. SC/ ST certificate (also check additional documents required for scholarship in the prospectus)
  6. USOL copy of bank/ post office Challan

Original documents will also have to be submitted in-person for verification.

Foreign nationals are required to obtain an eligibility certificate from the Registrar, Punjab University, to evaluate their foreign credentials.

 Last date for application: The last date for registration is 17th February, 2017 (17th March with late fee of Rs.1000 and 31st March with late fee of Rs.5000). Similarly, the last date for deposit of challan is 20th February, 2017 (20th March with late fee of Rs.1000 and 3rd April with late fee of Rs.5000).

Fee Structure

Course Name Course Fee
 Installment I Installment II Installment III,V(if applicable) Installment IV, VI (if applicable)
B.A 8192 3000 6592 3000
B.Com 9192 4000 7592 4000
B.LIS 7365 7300
B.Ed 16042 11000 15307 11000
PG Diploma – Computer Applications 15437 10750
PG Diploma – Human Rights &Duties/ Health, Family Welfare &PE 9157 4450
PG Diploma – Library Automation &Networking 9700 3705
PG Diploma – Mass Communication 9087 4400
PG Diploma – Statistics 8532 4100
Certificate – Vivekananda Studies 3850
Certificate – Women Studies 6900
M.Com 9457 4750 9457 4750
MBA 23002 18500 22002 18500


Ques. When does the fee need to be paid?

Ans. The fees need to be paid at the beginning of each semester as shown in the table above. Please note that there are additional miscellaneous fees that need to be paid as and when designated by the university.

Ques. Can it be paid in installments?

Ans. Yes, it has to be paid in semester instalments.


A. There are three major scholarships available to students through USOL –i)Student’s Aid Fund: This scholarship is for economically weaker students. For students who have their own or their parent’s income less than Rs.4,00,000, are eligible for half tuition fee waiver and an additional financial assistance.


  • The student must establish financial need by obtaining an income certificate from the Executive Magistrate, Tehsildar or employer.
  • For continued eligibility, a minimum of 50% aggregate has to be maintained.
  • Amount – Will depend on the income slab, upto Rs.4,00,000 annually.
  • Last date of Application – September 15
  • Application Fee – None

ii) Free-ship for SC/ST: All courses under the USOL will not have any fee for SC/ST students, except self-financing courses. SC/ST candidates of Punjab state, who have an income of less than Rs.2,50,000 and eligible for Post Matric Scholarship (http://www.dpipunjab.org/ ), will have to pay 25% of the admission fee.

  • Eligibility – (i) Caste certificate showing SC/ST (ii) Income certificate
  • Amount – Tuition fee waiver. Refund of most fees.
  • Last date of Application – August first week
  • Application Fee – (i) Rs. 65, towards online application cost (ii) Rs.800 (UG/PGD-Stat), Rs.1000 (PG/Others), towards refundable library deposit

iii)  National e-Scholarship: A number of scholarships through the e-scholarship programme of the Central government is available to students (http://scholarships.gov.in/ )  –

  • Central Armed Forces and Assam Rifles scholarship
  • Post Matric Scholarship for SC/ST students
  • Post Matric Scholarship for students with disability
  • Merit-cum-Means Scheme
  • Central Sector Scholarship for SC students
  • Central Sector Scholarship for ST students
  • Central Sector Scholarship for students with disability
  • Book bank for ST students with merit
  • Schemes under Cine/ Mine/ LSDM/ Beedi/ IOMC Workers’ Welfare Fund


B. Additional – Fee concessions are applicable to candidates who are:

i)First child (full waiver) or second child (half waiver) of a university employee, both in-service and retired for non self-financing courses. For self-financing courses, 25% exemption is allowed.

ii)Wives, children and member of Defence/ paramilitary personnel who are disable/ killed in action. Wards of martyrs/ permanently disabled soldiers of the Kargil war are also eligible for additional hostel fee waiver.

iii) Half fee waiver to younger sibling of any registered student of the university (except for enrolment in B.Ed/ PGDCA/ PGDMC courses)

iv)Students with permanent blindness

v)Wards of people killed in Punjab riots of November, 1984.

C. SC/ ST candidates with monthly income less than Rs.2000 and not in full-time employment are eligible for reimbursement of non-refundable fees.

Eligibility Criteria

Age Criteria: There is no upper age limit for admission to any of the programmes.

Reservation : SC/ST candidates will have a relaxation in marks up to 5%, provided they have obtained the minimum pass marks. Seat reservation is provided to the following candidates –

  1. Wards of Displaced Kashmiri’s: 5% intake, to a maximum of 3 seats in non-B.Ed and maximum of 1 seat in B.Ed courses.
  2. Direct Descendants of Kargil Martyrs/ Permanently Disabled Soldiers: 1% intake above the prescribed limit, with minimum 1 seat.
  3. Son/ Daughter/ Husband/ Wife/ Brother/ Sister of November 1984 Punjab riots: 2%, with issuance of Migrant card
  • Girl students: 2 seats per course
  • Cancer patients: 3 seats per course
  • AIDS & Thalassaemia patients: 2 seats per course
Course Minimum Eligibility Criteria
B.A, B.Com Passed 10+2 or equivalent
B.LIS Bachelor’s degree in any subject from a recognised university
B.Ed (i) Bachelor’s/ Master’s degree in Humanities/ Science/ Social Sciences/ Commerce with at least 50% marks OR B.Tech/ B.E or equivalent with at least 55% marks

(ii) Candidates who have completed NCTE-recognized teacher training programme via face-to-face mode and not currently teaching

PG Diploma Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject with at least 50% marks from a recognised university. Please consult prospectus for detailed eligibility
Certificate 10th or equivalent
M.Com Bachelor’s degree in Commerce with at least 50% marks from a recognised university
MBA (i)Bachelor’s degree in any subject (ii)Must successfully pass the entrance examination conducted by Punjab University

Specialization/Courses Offered

Punjab University offers a variety of undergraduate, postgraduate, PG diploma and certificate courses through distance education mode.

Courses Specialization
Bachelor of Arts (B.A)
Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)
Bachelor of Library and Information Science (B.LIS)
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed)
Master of Commerce (M.Com)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Arts (M.A) English/ Hindi/ Punjabi/ Economics/ History/ Political Science/ Public Administration/ Sociology.
PG diploma Computer Applications, Human Rights &Duties, Health, Family Welfare &Population Education, Library Automation &Networking, Mass Communication and Statistics.
Certificate courses Vivekananda Studies and Women Studies.


All programmes under the Punjab University are approved by the AICTE, UGC and the Distance Education Bureau (DEB), New Delhi.


  • Punjab University has been ranked 135th among BRICS and Emerging Economies and 601-800th among world universities by Times Higher Education in 2016.
  • The university has been ranked 99th among Indian Universities by World University Rankings.

Last Date (Important Dates)

  1. Last Date of Application (without late fee) – 9th September
  2. Deposit of Fee and Last Date (with fee of Rs.1000) – 4thOctober
  3. Last Date (with fee of Rs.5000) – 19th October
  4. Last Date (with fee of Rs.15000 &Permission of Vice-Chancellor) – 28th October

Contact Details

Address: The Chairperson, University School of Open Learning, Punjab University, Sector 14, Chandigarh – 160014

Email: [email protected]

Phone/ Fax No.: 0172 2541143

Website: http://usol.puchd.ac.in/


The USOL guides in placement for all students through the Placement and Guidance Cell. All interested students must register themselves using the placement guidance form available through the official website.

Study Centres

There are 6 centres to conduct contact classes for students in the USOL –

  1. USOL, Punjab University, Chandigarh
  2. Govt. College of Education, Chandigarh
  3. Malwa Central College of Education, Ludhiana
  4. BCM College of Education, Ludhiana
  5. DAV College of Education, Hoshiarpur
  6. Dev Samaj College of Education, Ferozpur City

There are also a number of examination centres spread across the states of Punjab and Haryana. However, the centres are specific to the type of course opted for. Please refer to the prospectus for the appropriate examination city code.

Distance MBA Course

Eligibility– To be eligible for admission to the Executive MBA programme, the candidate must (i)possess a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a recognised university in any discipline with at least 50% marks, taking the major subject into consideration OR (ii)Pass in the final examination conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants or Institute of Cost and Works Accountants or Institute of Company Secretaries of India OR (iii) passed the AMIE examination with at least 50% marks, having passed diploma with at least 60% marks and has 5 years of research/ teaching experience.

Application Procedure: The application may be submitted online or offline through the common application system as given above.

Fee Structure: The fee must be paid in instalments as follows – Semester I: Rs.23002, Semester II: Rs.18500, Semester III: Rs.22002, Semester IV: Rs.18500. Additional fees may be applicable as per university regulations.

MBA Courses and Specializations offered: The specialisations offered are –

  1. Marketing and International Business
  2. Finance
  3. Human Resource Management

Subjects and Syllabus: The core subjects include Managerial Economics, Quantitative Techniques, Organisational Behaviour, Accounting for Managers, Management for Organisations, Business Environment, HR Management, Financial Management, Marketing, Information Technology, Strategic Management, Corporate Governance, Business &Marketing Research and Managing across Cultures, along with specialisation specific courses.



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