Punjab higher education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, on Monday, announced to bear the expenses of higher education of Pooja Rani, who topped the state in the vocational stream in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class-12 examinations, the results of which were announced recently. Pooja belongs to economically weaker section of the society. His father is working as labourer in a hotel.
“I will bear all the expenses of her higher education. It’s my endeavour that no meritorious student remain deprive from higher education for paucity of funds. Whatever course Pooja wants to purse, I will provide support to her,” said Rakhra, who along with education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema honoured 33 students of the district who secured positions in the merit list of the PSEB Class-12 results.
Both the ministers first attended a function at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, Patiala. Nine students of the school had made it to the merit list. Later, both visited Government Multipurpose Girls Senior Secondary School, Model Town, where they honoured seven girls of the school, as well as 17 others who secured place in the merit list.
Later, Cheema visited the meritorious school near the Punjab University to honour the topper students there. He honoured 38 students who got more than 90 percent marks in Class 12.
It is worth mentioning here that out of 33 students of the district who had made it to the merit list, 23 were from government schools. Cheema said this was first time that students from government schools had performed better than their counterparts in private schools. He also said the government schools performing better will get maximum facilities from the government.