Punjab Government to Bear Education Cost Of Meritorious School Students
Punjab government has announced to bear the entire expense of for higher education of students passing out from state’s meritorious schools. The decision is expected to give huge boost to quality of education in the state.
The state government has already allotted Rs 15 crore for this ambitious project in the current fiscal year, state’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said.
Project Director of meritorious schools, Major General K A S Bhullar has welcomed Punjab government’s latest initiative. Mr Bhullar informed the chief minister that among 2,053 students who had appeared for 12th Standard exam, 1,270 students scored above 80 per cent marks.
Mr Bhullar also appraised chief minister about drop of performance in some students owing to change in medium of instruction from Punjabi to English language. However, state is fully committed to offer special English coaching services to these students to ensure that they perform better in the next exam, an official spokesperson said.
Chief Minister Badal has requested Project Director to make more dedicated effort for improving student’s performance, especially for those students who hail from rural and financially weak background.
Mr Bhullar said that Punjab, which is otherwise known for its agriculture, is going through revolution in education sector. He claims that the state of Punjab this year has produced 161 students from rural region who have successfully qualified for IIT-JEE Advanced Exam, while about 550 students have earned position in merit list of some of India’s top engineering colleges.