The much flaunted scheme of the Punjab government,in which private individuals can pay and have a government school named after them,has been revived by the state government.
Education minister Sikandar Singh Maluka said under this scheme donation of Rs10 lakh,Rs15 lakh,Rs 20 lakh or Rs 25 lakh by any individual will allow them to get a primary,middle,high and senior secondary school renamed after the name of his/her family member.
The scheme was given a quiet burial last month when on February 5,the school education department passed an order that the old scheme had been amended to bar individuals from changing names. The order added that this facility will continue to be available for naming of laboratories,blocks,libraries,rooms,halls etc.
The scheme has not been amended or done away with. It is going to be a very successful scheme. There are several persons,mostly NRIs,who are showing interest in naming schools in the memory of their dear ones and I dont see any reason why it should be discontinued, Maluka said.