The Punjab government under the leadership of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is making amendments for the betterment of the state and for the women in the state as well. To reinforce better education in Punjab and to give a better future, the Chief Minister announced five new colleges to be set up in the current financial year besides the announcement for free education for girls from Nursery to PhD in government schools and colleges.
It was reported that the current government would grant the highest priority to education in the state especially school education. Though there must be some constraints of resources, notwithstanding, the government would seek to increase budgetary support to the education sector.
Free Education for Girls in Punjab
The announcement of free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery to PhD by the Punjab Government is a great step towards woman empowerment and it has also come as the fulfillment of key poll promise for empowering the women in the state to make them self reliant.
Taking a major leap towards women empowerment the Punjab Government has already increased reservation for women in Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies. The government has increased the reservation number from 33 per cent to 50 per cent.
To improve the education scenario in the state, free textbooks (Textbooks will be posted online, thus enabling students and parents to download these free of cost) will be offered to the students to support free education for girls from nursery to the doctorate level in government institutions.
- Nursery and LKG classes will be reintroduced in government schools from the next academic session.
- Free Wi-FI for 13,000 primary schools and all 48 government colleges.
- There will be choice of English as the medium of instruction. A pilot project to promote English in government schools will commence from next month It will be started in at least two primary, middle, high and senior secondary schools in each educational block from July onwards)
- Five new colleges would be set up in the state during this fiscal.
Source: India Times