Ashok Mittal,Chancellor

Ashok Mittal


Placed at the top position in the global education sector, in the recent years, India has been able to create imperative associations in the higher education ecosystem. In addition, the central government of the country wants to take a major step ahead and enhance the growth of the distance education. Supporting this scheme taken by the central government, Lovely Professional University (LPU) is delivering quality education through distance education programs. The university initiated the education programs around 10 years back under the aegis of Lovely Group of Punjab, with a pledge to transform the way education was being delivered in India. "Because of the holistic measurements that we took, we received Punjab Government's approval in 2005 to establish the university. And after its establishment, we became an internationally recognized university and a premier academic institution due to our unflinching work nature. At present, we have students rolling in from all the Indian states," states Ashok Mittal, Chancellor, LPU.

Streamlining a Competent Open & Distance Learning System
Catering to the educational aspirations of the society, LPU is working with an unfathomable spirit for nurturing the brilliant young minds. It has blended distance education programs at masters, bachelors, post graduate diploma, and diploma levels with technology-based learning. "We offer Computer Applications, Information Technology, Management, Commerce, Arts and Library & Information Science programmes. These courses are recognized by Distance Education Bureau (DEB) of University Grant Commission (UGC) and are designed to serve the societal needs for equitable access to quality education at highly affordable fees," explains Ashok. Moreover, the Personal Contact Programmes (PCP) for various Distance Education courses that are conducted at the university campus, Phagwara, Punjab, helps the students by giving opportunities for conceptual understanding of the courses.

In between imparting lessons,
LPU is powered by multiple award winning online learning management system, 'LPU e-Connect'. Describing the e-Connect system, Ashok says, "The e-Connect offers learning 'Any Time Any Where' and is a strong and secured online connection that links LPU and distance education students. Based on enterprising web portal technology, LPU automates various administrative and academic processes of distance education. It also minimizes the shortcomings of physical distances by providing 24*7 accessibility."

"LPU not only fulfills the educational needs of the students, but equally supports them with placement opportunities"

Incorporating Technology in Learning
Besides, the students get to explore LPU e-Connect by downloading 'LPU Touch' mobile application that is available for both iOS and Android platforms. Amidst giving students a plethora of learning options, LPU conducts workshops for professional development and academics enrichment adhering to the requirements of the distance education students. In between delivering lessons, LPU checks the students' progress by conducting regular assessments and practical examinations at the university campus or at recognized schools and colleges within the state of Punjab.

LPU not only fulfills the educational needs of the students, but equally supports them with placement opportunities. "We conduct various placement drives at different locations to give the Distance Education Students a chance to work with top companies. A Division of Student Career Services is operating at the university with a vision to equip the students with versatile traits to match core corporate needs. The credibility and efficacy of Student Career Services has gained attention from reputed companies like Amazon India, Wipro Ltd., Bajaj Allianz, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, ING Vyasya Bank, Policy Bazaar, Competent Synergies, Max Life Insurance, Videocon, Globe Toyota (JCBL Group) and many others. In the last five years, several hundreds of students got placed in around 200 placement drives that we conducted," elucidates Ashok.

Promoting Co-Scholastic Activities for Overall Growth
For fostering the growth of the students in every aspect, LPU
provides the Distance Education students opportunity to participate and compete in various national and international mega events. The university organizes mega events like Sports Meet, One India, One World, Spectra (Inter-School Cultural Fest) and Global Open Festival 'Youth Vibe' at the university campus. In most of these events, Distance Education students have paved their way by achieving distinguishable positions. "At the time, when we present awards to the students during convocation ceremony, the ceremony is generally chaired by prominent international figures including heads of the Nations and Nobel Laureates," speaks Ashok.

Apart from encouraging students to win at extra-scholastic events, LPU Distance Education plays an influential role in persuading the students for higher education programs. "We are proud to own the success of the scholarship programs, which helped Olympian shooter and Arjuna Award winner, Gurpreet Singh; Shooting World Cup and Commonwealth Championship medalist, Amanpreet Singh; Asian Games Gold medalist Quadruple Scull (Rowing), Sukhmeet Singh; Indian Senior Men's Hockey Team Member, Jaskaran Singh; Indian Basketball Team member, Arshpreet Singh and many more to follow the path of LPU Distance Education," assert a smiling Chancellor, Ashok.

By maintaining its originality and quality of education, LPU has bagged several awards and accolades in Open and Distance Learning category. They secured top honours in the 12th & 13th editions of World Education Summit Awards 2018 for Innovation in Open and Distance Learning from Digital Learning Magazine; National Education Excellence Award 2018 for being India's Best University in Open, Distance & OnLine Learning from Career Connect Magazine; CST Top Distance Learning Institutes of India Award 2018 from Competition Success Review Magazine. The university is now focused on becoming famous at global platforms.

Ashok Mittal, Chancellor
Ashok Mittal was born in Jalandhar on 10th September, 1964. He completed education from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar with LLB degree. Being a visionary with entrepreneur instincts, Ashok Mittal has been able to bring about a change in the education industry in India. He has guided LPU to its apex of success in the recent years.
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