Punjab’s higher education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, while voicing his concern on higher education, has said the state of Punjab’s higher education is quite poor and there is a need to upgrade programmes to improve its stature.
Addressing principals of different colleges at SCD Government College on Wenesday, Rakhra said, “The state government is going to build 13 new colleges and planning to open 25 colleges very soon across the state.”
On the occasion, Rakhra distributed over Rs 2 crore grant to improve infrastructure of 24 different colleges of the state. He also gave Rs 18 lakh for vocational education and `15 lakh for needs of handicap and girl students.
MLA Dakha Manpreet Singh Ayali, who was also present at the function, gave Rs 5 lakh grant to SCD Government College.“There are 48 government colleges in the state and since 1947 nobody heeded towards the higher education till now. But in the last two years, we did a lot for higher education. Every college has sufficient faculty, either on contract basis or guest faculty. We are waiting the high court’s verdict and would fill all vacant posts soon,” Rakhra added.
When asked about selffinanced courses, Rakhra said, “We need skill education to generate self employment. We know the fee structure of selffinanced courses is high but the government is giving concession to poor students.” Ayali said, “We have spent a lot on gurdwaras and cremation grounds but the need of hour is to send money on sports parks and walking parks in villages.”