To ensure quality higher education in rural areas, Punjab Government on Saturday decided to open degree colleges in all rural development blocks in the state under the next two five-year plans.
A decision to this effect was taken by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a meeting held in Chandigarh to review the functioning of the Higher Education Department.
First in the series of meetings which the Chief Minister would chair personally to carry out a mid-term review of the working of various departments, it focussed on problems being faced by colleges and universities in the state.
The Chief Minister directed that an empowered committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district be set up to carry out a time-bound evaluation of the gaps in infrastructure in various government colleges.
Badal also asked senior officers of the department to visit at least two colleges every month for an on-the-spot assessment and resolution of the problems of such colleges.
The Chief Minister directed that all vacant posts of lecturers and principals in colleges be filled up before the next academic year. Promotions in the department were also directed to be effected within two months.
Instructions were also issued to clear the arrears payable to the 95 per cent State Aided Private Colleges within the next quarter.