The Computer Culture at the Panjab University dates back to 1966. An independent Centre for Computer Science and Applications (now a full fledged department) was set-up in 1983. The department aims at ingraining the spirit of ingenuity, innovativeness and technical competence in the students through rigorous competition and regular guidance. The department also caters to the need of users in the region and organizes training programmes for teaching and research communities.
The Department is running Master of Computer Applications (MCA) (3 year full time course) and was initiated in 1992-93. Two new courses of (i) Bachelors of Science (Honours School) in Computer Science (ii) Masters of Science (Honours School) in Computer Science have been introduced from year 2001 and year 2004, respectively. Admissions are held through an annual entrance test conducted by the Panjab University. Ph.D. program has been started from year 2005.
The students at the Department have the unique opportunity of working in various development environments like MS-DOS, LINUX, MS Windows(9x/XP/NT/2000), Sun Solaris and HP-Unix. The students also have the opportunity to work on Internet development tools among other Visual and Non-Visual ones.
Panjab University has been identified as a Level-III National High Performance Computing Centre under the ICOSER project of TIFAC, Department of Science and Technology. It is among the Seven such centres being setup around the country and is the only one in northern India. The Department of Computer Science and Applications is hosting facilities like Web server, E-mail Server, Domain Name Servers and Proxy Servers for Panjab University. Wide Area Network connectivity of 24 Mbps is also pr ovided on fiber optic link through ERNET India and Reliance Communications.
The department has its own library with over 2000 books for exclusive use of the students and the faculty. The library has separate magazine and journal sections. Various computer journals are available online through the University Library.
University Enquiry Number: +91 172 2534818, 2534866 (from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on working days including Saturday)