Six meritorious schools will come up in the state by 2014. Chief minister Prakash Singh Badal said this on Wednesday while laying the foundation stone of the meritorious school in the boys' hostel of SCD Government College.
Badal said, “The idea of coming up with these meritorious schools is to provide a platform to the intelligent students, who cannot afford pursuing studies after Class 10. In this school, they can study and reside free of cost. Students who score more than 80% in Class 10 can get admission in this school in Class 11.”
“There will be 1,000 seats in the school, out of which 600 are for girls and 400 for boys. Students will also be provided hostel facility. The contractor has been given eight months to complete the construction and make the premises functional by July 2014,” Badal said.
Apart from Ludhiana, five other meritorious schools will come up in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala, SAS Nagar and Bathinda.
The school will have 20 classrooms with basic facilities, like toilets, playground, clean drinking water, laboratories and library, etc.
Addressing a public rally at SCD Government College, Badal said the Congress led UPA government at Centre was deliberately discriminating the opposition governments in the state on the issue of disbursement of grants. It was even stalling the process of development according to the felt needs of these state governments. Congress was making all efforts to destabilise Punjab economically, he added.
He said the Centre was fixing the rates of agricultural inputs, like pesticides, insecticides, diesel and fertilisers without taking states into confidence and these rates were ever increasing without announcing a corresponding hike in the minimum support price, which had rendered our farming a non-profitable profession.
To bail out the beleaguered farming community, the state government was paying bills of agriculture tubewells of farmers from its own resources, thus bearing a whopping expenditure of nearly `6,000 crore, Badal added.
Badal said our government was focusing on the education under which 17 new degree colleges and nine new universities had been opened, besides recruiting 72,000 teachers. All these initiatives had enabled our state to achieve first position from the 14th as per country's overall education index, he added.
School timings changed
Due to the chilly and foggy weather conditions, Punjab education minister Sikander Singh Maluka has changed the school timings for government schools from December 19.
For primary schools- 10 am to 3 pm
For senior secondary- 10 to 4 pm