State higher education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra on Wednesday said the state government will set up 13 new government colleges in the state at a cost of about Rs 104 crore to upgrade the standard of higher education in the state.
While addressing a press conference at Government Mohindra College, here, the minister said the government would set up two professional colleges, including a government sports college at Jalandhar and an aeronautical engineering college in Patiala.
He also said the state government had recently increased the funds for all 48 government colleges. “The government is now giving crores of rupees as grants to these colleges, keeping in view the need of the education for a better future of the state,” Rakhra added.
The minister also assured that as soon as the Punjab and Haryana high court stay gets over, the state government would appoint more permanent faculty in the government colleges.
He said the salary scale of guest faculty members, who were enrolled by the state government on vacant permanent frequency, would also be improved.