The Punjab government has decided to bear the entire expenditure for higher education of students passing out from meritorious schools in the state.
The state government has already earmarked Rs 15 crore as budgetary allocation during the current fiscal for this, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Friday. The decision was made after all students of the first batch of meritorious schools passed this year’s 10+2 exams conducted by the state board.
Briefing the CM, project director of the society running these schools, Gen KAS Bhullar (retd) said that out of 2,053 students who appeared in the 10+2 board exam, 1,270 students scored above 80% marks with 23 making it to the merit list. He told Badal that with the change of medium of instruction from Punjabi to English, some students may have had a drop in performance.