Asserting that the SAD-BJP alliance government was committed to revitalising the education system in the state, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that the state government had given due attention to development of the education sector in the state due to which it had now jumped to the first position among big states, from the 14th position in 2012-13.
Addressing a gathering during the convocation of Bhutta Group of Colleges at Bhutta village in Ludhiana district, the Chief Minister said that complete transformation of the education system was their top priority for which efforts were being made by the state government.
He added that they were aware of the need for quality education in today’s competitive age when owing to the modern techniques of communication, the whole world had become a global village.
Badal said that keeping in view the need to impart quality and modern education to the students of the state, their government had made the education sector its top priority. He said that the state government was already working in the direction of complete overhaul of the primary, secondary and higher education along with technical education.
In order to help the poor students, he said Dr Hargobind Khurana Scholarship Scheme had been launched for meritorious students. Six residential schools were established at Mohali, Bathinda, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala to provide free and quality education to meritorious students scoring 80% in class X. He said that in a bid to provide higher education to youth, two new universities would be opened and their clearance would be granted in the next Cabinet meeting. For training skilled manpower, skill development centres would be opened in the state.
Jagdish Singh Garcha, former technical education minister and member of Governing Council of Bhutta Group of Colleges, said that during the annual convocation of Bhutta Group of Colleges, more than 900 students of engineering, education, management and diploma were conferred degrees. Sukhpreet Kaur, Chanpreet Kaur, Amanpreet Kaur and Simran Sharma were awarded Keharnam Gold Medal for academic excellence in university annual examinations. Gaurav Sharma, Pooja Sharma, Chanpreet Kaur and Aman Kumar were awarded best student awards for overall performance in academics and co-curricular activities.
College toppers of PTU BTech Annual examination and Panjab University BEd annual examinations were also awarded. Padam Shri Jagjit Singh Hara, an eminent agriculturalist, was the guest of honour and was honoured for his extraordinary contribution to the development of Punjab.