Another residential meritorious school is coming up at Talwara in Hoshiarpur district and will be functional in around two months. It will be the seventh such school and the first all-girls meritorious school in Punjab. It will also be the first such school to introduce humanities stream.
This was announced by project director, meritorious schools, Punjab, Major General KAS Bhullar (retd) during a meeting at the office of director general school education (DGSE) Pardeep Aggarwal in SAS Nagar on Tuesday.
The meeting was attended by management information system (MIS) coordinators and district education officers (DEOs) of all districts in which they were trained and briefed about the online counselling sessions to be held in all districts of the state.
"It will be an all-girls meritorious school with 150 seats in Class 11 where students from rural and poor families will get a chance to fulfil their dreams," said deputy district education officer Satish Kumar, who also attended the meeting.
Besides compulsory subjects of Punjabi and English, girl students at the Talwara meritorious school can choose any three subjects from the list of four - mathematics, economics, political science and history. The total number of seats in all seven meritorious schools in the state has now gone up to 3,150, said the deputy DEO.
The project director said the registration date for meritorious schools had been extended till June 20. The merit list would be uploaded on the website on June 21 and the counselling would start on June 22, he added.
The counselling for admission to all meritorious schools will be conducted in all districts of the state this year to facilitate students. District education officers will be present at all centres to help the students.