Gyani is a Post Graduate Punjabi Language Certificate Course. The term ‘Gyani’ means ‘One who is Wise’ and any intellectual who is proficient in Punjabi language and literature is known as ‘Gyani’ or ‘Giani’. Gyani is also a Title like Dr. provided to those who acquire a Doctor of Philosophy Degree . Gyani is amongst the rare academic courses which only a handful of institutes or perhaps even less number of institutes, offer. In earlier time during the mid 90’s, Gyani was considered equivalent to B.Ed. One could become a Punjabi Language Teacher by, merely passing the course. The ‘Old Gyani’ required 10th Pass or 12th Pass. Some institutes have started offering short term course in Punjabi instead of Gyani, mostly because of loss of importance of the Gyani and even more so because in modern times, it is more of a Certificate Course and not an eligibility to become a Punjabi Language Teacher. Gyani course can be completed via correspondence or on part time basis. The course if of 1 Year duration.
Bachelors Degree in any stream.
To complete Gyani one needs to clear 7 Papers, out of which 1 is an Additional Paper.
Gyani Course Structure as per Punjabi University – 2011, applicable till 2013
Ancient and Modern Poetry (puratan atey naveeen kavita)
Plays and Short Plays (natak atey ikangi)
Novels (punjabi galp)
Punjabi Prose (vartak)
Punjabi Language & History of Punjabi Literature (punjabi bhasha atey punjabi saahit da itehaas)
Gyani is not a career oriented course and job opportunities after completing Gyani are meagre. Gyani is more useful for those who are linked with Gurudwaras or Punjabi Language Institutes, Punjabi Language Libraries, Punjabi Culture Museums, Linguist Set-ups and Translation Agencies, Punjabi Language Newspapers, Magazines, Books and other Publications. Punjabi based websites provide employment opportunities for Gyani certificate holders. A Gyani is an additional accomplishment in one’s resume.