The Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana was in the beginning started as a Panjab University Extension Library in the year 1959 to cater to the requirements of the intellectual residents of Ludhiana for a quality library where one could get good books and a quiet place to study. The Panjab University Chandigarh, the University Grants Commission, and the United States Embassy in India contributed to the setting up of this library. The library was formally opened for service in July 1960. This library that was started initially as a collection of 43,000 today boasts of a collection of 1, 75,000 books, periodicals, journals, and newspapers.
Since its inception the library provides wide range of library and information services to its users and tries to fulfill their intellectual thirst. Library subscribes to more than 110 national & international journals on various subject streams. At present the total library membership is more than 2100. Now we are moving towards complete computerization, automation, and air-conditioning of Panjab University Extension Library Ludhiana.
The Panjab University Regional Centre (PURC), Ludhiana was set up in 2003 on the campus of Panjab University Extension library by then Vice Chancellor Prof K.N. Pathak. A separate academic block was constructed with a grant of Rupees One Crore provided by Shri Lajpat Rai, then Member of Parliament from the MPLADS scheme. The first academic program started was the LLB . Three year course conducted in the evening. Subsequently, a five year B.A.L.L.B. course was started in the morning. Both these law courses have become highly popular( and there is now a very large waiting list of applicants for admission to both the LLB-Three year course and BALLB . Five year course at PURC, Ludhiana.
During the year 2007, the MBA (Full Time) was begun by Prof R.C. Sobti, the present Vice Chancellor of Panjab University Chandigarh with the formation of University Business School (UBS), Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana. During a short span of four years, the UBS Ludhiana has carved a niche for itself in management education and research. This B-School has excellent academic performance and excellent placements. The admissions to UBS Ludhiana are made through the CAT examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), for which the UBS Ludhiana has been duly registered as a non-IIM institution with the IIMs.
Therefore, the following are the main institutions at PURC, Ludhiana:
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