Degrees were conferred on as many as 1,100 graduates and post graduates during the annual convocation at Government College for Girls here on Thursday.
Chief guest Punjab education minister Sikandar Singh Maluka conferred degrees on students of faculty of arts, science.
Principal Gurminder Kaur accorded a warm welcome to the guests. She read out the annual report of the college highlighting achievements in fields of academics, extra-curricular activities and sports. Students were also honoured with “roll of honour” and “college colours”.
Congratulating the graduates on their proud moment, Singh Maluka exhorted them to set new aims and goals in life. “Education is essential to transforms the personality of a person,” he said, adding that there was a need to pay more attention to primary education so that growth of our society. He said there was a need to pay more attention to primary education so that every child could be educated.
Maluka added that the Punjab government was taking various steps to provide primary, secondary and higher education to students. He also emphasised on the need to educate the girl child, as education to girls is an index of a society's development.
He said the state government was going to add physical education as compulsory subject in schools, and good sportspersons would be given extra marks in exams. It would prove beneficial, as it would encourage more students to take up sports that would help prepare national and international-level players, he added.
He said now sports department, panchayat department and school department would jointly hold sports meets that would help prepare good players. He further said that they had arranged funds to provide better infrastructure to the students of the government schools, especially to those schools which are housing students.
Talking to mediapersons, Maluka said 600 out of 1,600 teachers, who were on long leave or in foreign countries, were dismissed. He further said notices were sent to the other 1,000 teachers in this connection.
“5,000 teachers will be recruited when the Punjab and Haryana high court repeals the stay on recruitment of new teachers,” he said, adding that they had made strict arrangement to tackle cheating during board exams, and were successful in containing 80% cheating. He said that the centres were cancelled at the schools where cheating cases were being repeated, and action against such schools would be taken in accordance with the law.
He said private schools would be brought under the Right to Education Act from April this year. He assured that unsafe buildings of government schools would be repaired this year.
He said schools which were having one kanal would be given the status of “Associate School”, and such schools would have to fulfill the required conditions with two years.
Meanwhile, Maluka directed the district education officers (primary and secondary) to send proper rationalisation list till April 15, otherwise action would be taken against them.