The Punjab government on Thursday said it will open 13 new government colleges in the state this year.
Of these, two colleges will be professional, two model degree and nine degree colleges, said higher education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra in a statement. The construction work of these colleges was in full swing, he said, adding that one professional, two model degree and nine other colleges would be started from the current session 2016-17.
He said two professional and two model degree colleges would start in collaboration with the Rashtriya Uchttam Siksha Abhiyan (RUSA).
Two professional government colleges, Punjab Arts and Sports College, Jalandhar, and the Punjab Aeronautical College of Engineering, Patiala, would be opened with the investment of Rs 26 crore each.
He said the state had contributed excess share of Rs 6.47 crore, besides contributing its share in proportion to the ratio of 60:40 as the Centre and state share.
He said the 70% construction work of Punjab Arts and Sports College, Jalandhar, has been completed.