The project director for the society for promotion of education for poor and meritorious students of Punjab, Maj Gen KAS Bhullar (retd), during a visit to the Senior Secondary Residential School For Meritorious Students here on Tuesday said that they were coming up with one more merit list for admission in the school which would be updated on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) website by August 15.
Talking to the HT, Bhullar said, “We are visiting all the five districts in which residential schools are set up and the idea is to know the problems faced by the schools. We have already visited the schools of Patiala, Bathinda and Ludhiana and now we are going to Jalandhar and Amritsar. We are collecting information of how many seats are lying vacant, so that we can come up with one more merit list.”
He said the interview for the post of principal would be held on August 24 and if still the post remained unfilled, again an advertisement would be published. “The school principal is the pillar of every school so we need to find the right candidate who can run the school efficiently. Regarding the non-teaching staff we will come out with the list next week, he added.”
He said, “With a view to make the surroundings green, we have asked the district education officers of all the six districts where the schools are coming up, to hold a tree plantation drive in their respective schools on August 14.” Bhullar said, “Regarding the special coaching to be provided to the students for competitive exams, I have received presentations from 30 coaching institutes and we are under process and we will finalize the institutes very soon. The students will get free training for examinations such as JEE mains, JEE advance, entrance tests for medical stream, CLAT/ CPET and other undergraduate tests. Smart classrooms will be set up and teaching will be done through e-content.”
The principal secretary school education, Punjab, Anjali Bawra has deputed following officers for supervision of meritorious schools in Punjab. The directions said there were many problems being faced in the schools, which required constant and immediate supervision. “Also, for the time being the principals are on attachment so there is need for intimate supervision and liaison with the principals and district education officers concerned as well as officials of the local administration,” Bawra said.
For two months, following officers are deputed for supervision: Maj Gen KAS Bhullar (retd) for Bathinda and Patiala, Punjab secretary education Rahul Bhandari for Amritsar and Jalandhar, Punjab special secretary education Gurdip Singh for Mohali, and director public instructions (secondary) Kamal Garg for Ludhiana.
Points which can be resolved locally may be done so on the spot. Points which require intervention of the higher authorities should be consolidated and given to the project director for further progress.