Punjab education minister Daljeet Singh Cheema on Tuesday said the state would recruit 14,000 teachers in two months.
“Punjab is now among the leading states in the field of education and the government in its endeavour to provide quality education has already recruited 70,000 teachers,” Cheema said at a Republic Day function at Government College, Phase 6, in SAS Nagar.
He said under the Mai Bhago scheme, free bicycles worth Rs 114 crore had been distributed to more than 4 lakh girls studying in Class 9 to 12, besides providing free education to girls up to Class 12.
“Increasing the employability of the youth in Punjab, vocational education is also being provided in 400 schools across the state. Besides, seven meritorious schools have been established wherein free coaching along with accommodation is being provided to students of Class 10 obtaining 80% marks,” informed Cheema.
Under the Dr Hargobind Khurana Scholarship Scheme, a monthly scholarship of`2,500 is being provided to the students obtaining 80% marks in Class 10, he said.
Cheema said SAS Nagar is being developed as an information technology (IT) hub and they are working on the Medicity project to provide quality healthcare services.
“We should be prepared to defeat any kind of internal or external threats,” Cheema said while paying homage to the defence personnel and cops who fought against the terrorist attack in Pathankot and Dinanagar. He paid tribute to brave army officers who lost their lives.
He announced Rs 5 lakh prize to students who presented the cultural programme. Anandpur Sahib MP Prem Singh Chandumajra and Canadian MP Gurbant Singh were also present on the occasion.
Chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) NK Sharma unfurled the national flag at Dera Bassi.