Five students of Senior Secondary Residential School for meritorious students, Amritsar, who topped in Class 11 were given a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each by finance minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday.
These five students, all from rural impoverished backgrounds, had improved upon their score in Class 10 and discussed their problems with the finance minister.
Preet Kamal Kaur, who got admission in the meritorious school with 85.23%, has scored 96.22% in Class 11 in medical stream.
Non-medical student Rajan Masih has increased his score to 94.44% from 90.46% in Class 11.
Priya, another a non-medical student, scored 93.78% in Class 11 from 92% in Class 10. Gursewak Singh, wanting to become a doctor, has scored 93.56% against the Class 10 score of 82.93%. Gurmandeep Singh, studying commerce has improved his score to 92.89% against 86% in Class 10.
At the Meritorious School, where chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was also present, Jailtey highlighted the Central schemes and schools in education like the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and the Kendriya Vidyalayas. Badal spoke on the concept behind the setting up of the Meritorious Schools.
Jaitley interacted with the students and wanted the children to help him know the issues they faced, while he also checked on their level of awareness.
Principal Manmeet Kaur said most students told the minister that learning the English language and coping with the subject remained their biggest challenge and also spoke of the excellent facilities that they were being provided at the hostels at the Meritorious Schools.
FM also visits Global Institutes
The finance minister also attended the second convocation of Global Institutes.
"I am certain students who have graduated today are equipped with values, ethics and the determination to meet challenges of the competitive world," Jaitley said.
He added that Punjab was rich in agriculture and if this asset could be linked to the advances in information technology, the state could accelerate its development.
Punjab Technical University (PTU) director colleges Dr Balkar Singh, who was the guest of honour congratulated the degree recipients and expressed hope that the way the country was evolving there were many opportunities for engineers and managers.
Vice-chairman of Global Institutes, Akashdeep Singh and the chairman BS Chandi thanked the minister.
In all, 359 students of BTech, 60 MCAs and 92 MBAs received their degrees. Seven toppers were awarded with the institute's gold medal. Two University gold medalists from 2014 - Preeti Kumari (BTech IT) and Annie Ahuja (MCA) - were also honoured.
Khalsa College finance secretary presents wish list to Jaitley
At the sidelines of the event, Khalsa College finance secretary Gunbir Singh, former chairman of Punjab CII Council, presented a wish list to Jaitley, wanting action on these points. Waste management system hanging fire for decades; starting of job-creating projects; assistance to industry and asking for direct flights to Canada, Thailand, Londo.
"I have sought adding 25km to the Makhu-Patti track as this will save 240 km between Mumbai and Gujarat. I have also demanded a single window clearance of all organic/natural inputs and technologies. I am sure he will consider the list," Gunbir said.