The three-day 15th national conference of college principals started at the local Khalsa College on Friday.
The conference, organised by Association of Indian College Principals (AICP), has more than 200 delegates from all over the country participating to deliberate upon challenges before the higher education in the country.
Punjab education minister Sikandar Singh Maluka, chief guest at the inaugural session, said education is the most vital segment of any developed society.
He said for country's development, the focus should be on higher education. He said the Punjab government's commitment to make the state fully literate in the coming a few years would be reality soon. He highlighted as how Punjab had lagged behind in education due to the foreign rule and partition followed by terrorism.
"Punjab today is on the path of development. We are strengthening of institutions of higher learning for which liberal funds are being provided," he said he while addressing the delegates.
AICP president Subhash Brahambhat said the theme of the conference was dimensions of institutional responsibility. Experts would discuss financial, administrative, curriculum-related and social challenges in the education sector in country, he said.
He along with other office-bearers honoured the chief guest and other dignitaries.
Khalsa College principal Daljit Singh said the occasion provided opportunity to discuss issues facing the education sector.
Guru Nanak Dev University vice-chancellor Ajaib Singh Brar spoke on the relevance of semester system in higher education. A book `Innovative Practices and Case Studies' by Shirish Chindhade was also released on the occasion.