To help non-resident Indian (NRI) students learn Punjabi, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) is all set to start an online course.
The board will spend Rs 35 lakh for the course that would be followed by an online exam.
The decision to this effect was taken during a meeting of PSEB board of directors here on Thursday. The board budget was also cleared in the meeting.
Sources said students who clear the online test will get a certificate. “The idea is to connect with Punjabi diaspora through Punjabi language,” they said.
Though this facility is open for NRI students for the time being, it may be extended to others depending on the response, said officials.
It may be pointed out that Punjabi is compulsory for jobs in the Punjab government. Every year, around 200 students appear for Punjabi exam only to be able to apply for jobs.
Budget at glance
* The PSEB passed Rs 263.29-crore budget with a deficit of Rs 49.18 crore.
* Board has earmarked Rs 5 lakh for ‘Beti Badhao’ Beti bachao’ scheme
* For disabled students, Rs 5 lakh have been earmarked in the budget. The board will spend Rs 110 lakh on special training through SCRT for teachers of Adarsh schools.
* Board plans to construct offices in various districts for which Rs 6 crore will be spent.
* To boost infrastructure, Rs 15 lakh will be spent.
* Class-10, 12 toppers (first three positions) will get Rs 1 lakh, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 cash awards.