Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday gave the nod for starting online tutorials for courses in rural government schools of the state. The move is aimed at imparting coaching in medical and engineering fields to village students.
A decision to this effect was taken while reviewing the Edusat programme here. Taking part in the deliberations, the CM stressed the need for bridging the widening gap between the rural and urban sectors, especially in the field of professional education.
"The need is to evolve a mechanism so that brilliant students from villages could compete with their 'convent-educated' peers from the cities," said Badal, adding that modern technology must be utilised so as to reach the maximum number of students.
Clearing the project to provide online tutorials in the subjects of physics, chemistry, maths and biology after matriculation, the chief minister said it would act as a game-changer for rural students who aspire to scale heights in the fields of engineering and medical science.
During the meeting, the CM was told that for 100 schools, this project would entail an expenditure of Rs 4.5 crore, with students being provided course material through these tutorials.
Apart from the medical and engineering fields, the students would also be provided coaching for appearing in IELTS and TOEFL, as per their requirement.