To motivate bright students from economically weaker sections, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday announced a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each for the top five students who have secured admissions in the meritorious school in Jalandhar this year.
The chief minister, who conducted a surprise visit to the school on Saturday afternoon, interacted with the new entrants to the school. Satisfied with the fact that most students in the seven meritorious schools of Punjab were from the rural background, Badal said that the basic aim of setting up these schools across the state has been fulfilled. He said that in the absence of guidance from parents, these students were not able to choose a proper career for themselves but now with the support of the state government, the bright students were set to excel in their lives.
In view of the success of the meritorious school model, the state government recently approved the setting of three such schools in Sangrur, Ferozepur and Gurdaspur districts at a cost of Rs 30 crore each to provide free quality education and hostel facilities for students of government schools who had scored 80% or above in the Class 10 exams. These schools would be set up on the pattern of the existing ones at SAS Nagar, Patiala, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Talwara in Hoshiarpur.