The Punjab government today decided to recruit 11,530 new teachers and upgrade the infrastructure in science, information technology and commerce streams besides ensuring drinking water and toilet facilities, in the government schools in the State.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to review the functioning of the education department here.
“All government schools in the State would be fully equipped with requisite staff and infrastructure in science, information technology and commerce streams during the current fiscal,” Mr. Badal told a press conference later.
He said that the government would recruit 11,530 new teachers within next three months. This will be in addition to 17,417 teachers already recruited by the government, bringing the total number of new teachers to 28,947, a record in the State, Mr. Badal said.
All 18,408 schools would be provided with the facilities of toilets and drinking water during the current financial year, Mr. Badal said adding 20 Adarsh Schools to provide free education to economically poor and brilliant students and 21 new Model Schools in educationally backward areas would be opened during the current financial year.
Mr. Badal said that as far as higher education was concerned the government was opening a Central University at Bathinda, a world class university at Amritsar, an IIT at Ropar and an Indian Institute of Information Technology, the location of which would be finalised soon, 13 new degree colleges in 12 educationally backward districts and three new polytechnics.
Mr. Badal said that the Central University at Bathinda would have courses in bio-sciences, environmental science and technology, comparative literature and South Central Asian Studies by next month in the building arranged temporarily by the State government.
Referring to the setting up of the world class university at Amritsar over 700 acres of land, Mr. Badal said that the Site Selection Committee headed by the UGC chairman would visit the holy city on September 26 to finalise the site.
Mr. Badal said that the classes at the prestigious IIT Ropar had started in the local polytechnic college. Meanwhile, the State government had already transferred 501 acres of land to the IIT for the construction of its own building.
He said that the State government had already secured clearance in principle for setting up an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) as a tripartite venture in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode over an area of 100 acres with equal share of Centre, Punjab government and private Industry.
He said that 13 new degree colleges would be set up at a cost of Rs.104 crore in educationally backward districts of the State as recommended by the Experts Committee of UGC in Amritsar, Bathinda, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Mansa, Moga, Muktsar, Nawanshahar, Patiala and Sangrur.
Mr. Badal said that new polytechnics were being set up at Mansa, Faridkot and Muktsar. In addition, the Punjab government has sanctioned a sum of Rs.10 lakh each for upgrading infrastructure in Government Polytechnic College, Batala and Ferozepur during 2009-10.