Special Correspondent

Schools to be connected through EDUSAT network

  • `Rs.1lakh subsidy would be provided to the Government-aided recognised colleges'
  • `Plan allocation for the Education Department has been virtually doubled'

    CHANDIGARH: Haryana Education Minister Phool Chand Mullana said on Wednesday that all government primary and senior secondary schools in the State would be connected through EDUSAT network by May-end to provide quality education to students belonging to poor and mediocre families.

    Addressing a press conference at Panchkula, he said EDUSAT helped in providing quality teaching in all the educational institutes and made it easier for the students to study difficult subjects.

    He announced that a subsidy of Rs.1lakh would be provided to the Government-aided recognised colleges if they wanted to connect with the EDUSAT system.

    He reiterated that the Haryana Government was focusing special attention upon quality education and the plan allocation for the Education Department had been virtually doubled from Rs.290 crore in 2006-07 to Rs. 540 crore for the year 2007-08.

    One senior secondary school in each of the 20 districts was being developed as a model school with English medium teaching, specially qualified staff, well-equipped computer and science laboratory and well- stocked library, he added.

    The teacher-student ratio had been brought down from 60 to 40 in the Government schools across the State.

    The semester system had been introduced from Class VI to Class XII. Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Education) R. S. Gujral said that advance annual schedule of telecasting the EDUSAT programmes in the educational institutions was being prepared.