Distance Education that aims identify while the teacher and student are associated by space and/or time. The gap among the two can be bridged over by the use of technology such as audio tapes, videoconferencing, satellite broadcasts and online technology and/or more traditional delivery methods, such as the postal service. Department of Distance Education, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar and Department of Distance Education, Punjab University, Chandigarh are the two primary institutes offering distance learning in Punjab. These Punjab Distance Learning Institutes cater to the developing requirement for correspondence courses in the state. Both students and working professionals enroll for several courses to these distance learning institutes in Punjab.
There are a number of courses under several disciplines provided by the distance learning institutes in Punjab. The pupils in the state can also engage technical courses through the distance education mode. The three year graduate degree programs offered by several Punjab Distance Learning Institutes include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Library & Information Science. Masters degree correspondence courses admit Master of Arts (English, Hindi, Punjab, Economics, History, Political Science, Public Administration, and Sociology); Master of Commerce; Master of Finance & Control and Master of Education. Diploma and Certificate courses are also furnished by the distance learning institutes in Punjab.