Punjab To Have World Class University Soon
Ladhowal April 15:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced that Punjab government would soon set up a World Class Multi-disciplinary University in the state to impart quality higher education to the students to enable them to compete globally.
Mr.Badal announced that the state government would involve the corporate sector in streamlining, modernizing and broad basing education both at the school and the college and university levels. The government was already in touch with the leading corporate houses in the country in this regard and would welcome their participation in the multi-facility also.
This university would be in addition to the central varsity envisaged for the state. Presiding over a function to mark the inauguration of Satya Bharti School programme of Bharti Foundation here, Mr.Badal said that education was the core sector of any economy or a nation that results in far more improved human resource development. He said that the concept of Adarsh School was a step in this direction to provide quality education to the underprivileged children who could not be exploit their potential due to penury.
He praised the efforts of the Bharti Foundation for imparting quality education to the poor. He assured fulsome support and cooperation to the Bharti foundation for furthering its mission to spread education in every nook and corner of the state. Appreciating the role of Bharti Foundation, Information & Public Relations Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia said that the foundation had already taken a lead for establishing 100 village primary schools in the state.
He said that eight Satya Bharti Primary schools and 21 community centers were already operational in Punjab with more than 1200 children and over 100 teachers. Earlier, Mr.Badal lighted a lamp to mark the inauguration of the school and presented a certificate of merit to a student of 5th class who secured 84% marks.
On the occasion, Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman Bharti Enterprises said that with more than 300 million illiterate children in India in the age group of 7 years and above providing access to quality education was a major challenge for the country.
The Satya Bharti school programme was a unique example of a public-private partnership to create temples of learning for underprivileged children in particular the girl child. He said that we believe that this initiative would provide an opportunity to thousands of underprivileged children to be a part of mainstream education and offer them with a platform to participate in the nation's economic growth.
Later Managing Director Bharti Enterprises Rajan Bharti Mittal proposed a vote of thanks and said that "With the Satya Bharti School programme we are committed to provide the best of infrastructure and teaching facilities to children. We believe that this initiative will go a long way in filling the need gap for education in rural areas and benefit the economy of the region at large".
Reacting sharply over the steep price rise during the last six months, Mr.Badal blamed UPA government for its ill-conceived economic policies that resulted in the inflationary rate of 7.8% as compared to the national growth rate of 9%. He said that Centre should immediately take corrective measures to check the inflation especially the prices of essential commodities that had adversely affected the common man.
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Member Parliament Sharnjit Singh Dhillon, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, SAD General Secretary Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Mr.Darshan Singh Shivalik MLA Dakha, Vetern Akali Leader Jagdev Singh Talwandi, SAD President Ludhiana Rural Santa Singh Umaidpuri and former MLA Inder Iqbal Singh Attwal.