The Punjab government’s plan to start an all-girls meritorious school at Talwara in Hoshiarpur district seems to have hit a hurdle.
Only two girls have come forward to get admission in the school so far. The deadline to apply for online counselling ends on June 30. Of the 150 seats available at the school, 148 were still lying vacant.
Concerned over poor response of students, the government is planning to extend the deadline to apply for online counseling.
A first of its kind initiative, the government had on June 16 announced to start the allgirls meritorious school with humanities stream at Talwara within two months.
The big announcement was made by project director, meritorious schools, Punjab, Major General KAS Bhullar (retired) during a meeting at the office of director general school education (DGSE) Pardeep Aggarwal in SAS Nagar.
The school was offering four subjects —Mathematics, History, Economics and Political Science besides the compulsory subjects English and Punjabi.
It’s learnt that lack of all streams at the school was proving to be the biggest dampener for students. “I’ve scored 85% marks and want to pursue medical stream.
Even though the school is in my home district, I can’t study there as it only offers humanities stream. So, I have opted for the Jalandhar school,” says Nitika, a Talwara resident.
Another student, who has opted for the non- medical stream, said that it was a matter of choosing right career and arts stream was not her priority. “I know I will get admission in Talwara, but I’m waiting for a better option,” she said.
Project director Bhullar said currently the students had ample options in different streams. Once seats get filled elsewhere, they would have to take admission in Talwara school, he said.
“Students will automatically opt for humanities as a subject, once their options dry up. Currently, of 3,500 girls in the merit list, 2,100 have got admissions in different meritorious schools,” he said.
Bhullar said they would try to convince the remaining students to opt for humanities stream at Talwara.
“We are all set to start the first session of the all- girls school. Apart from renovation, some wiring work was pending. It would be completed soon”, he said.
The all-girls meritorious school is the new addition to the existing six meritorious schools in the state started by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. These institutes aim at providing quality education to brilliant students of government schools.