PAKISTAN FACING MANIFOLD CHALLENGES IN EDUCATION SECTOR
Nov 17 - 23, 2008
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz led Punjab Government under the leadership of Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif has taken various initiatives for the promotion of education in the Punjab province.
The Punjab Government has decided to establish model schools at tehsil level, where admissions will be made purely on merit basis and it is also investing some Rs 4 billion for setting up computer labs in all high schools of the province.
In another important initiative, the Punjab Chief Minister, Mian Shahbaz Sharif has given formal approval for the launching of 'Punjab Educational Talent Fellowship Fund' at a cost of Rs2 billion for the financial assistance of deserving talented students in order to pursue higher studies.
Male and female students of public sector high schools, madaris, colleges and universities would be able to benefit from the fund. Moreover, a special quota will be reserved for minority students, disabled students and children of low paid government employees.
The purpose of setting up of the fund is to provide financial assistance to deserving students showing outstanding performance in the educational field so that they could continue their studies.
The Chief Minister gave approval to enhancing the seed money of endowment fund from Rs1 billion to 2 billion rupees and announced that Punjab government will provide Rs500 million for the fund annually.
Financial assistance will also be provided from the fund for the preparation of entry test of various prestigious educational institutions.
The Chief Minister also granted approval to expanding the scope of the fund to middle and higher classes under which scholarships will be awarded to male and female students of these classes according to available resources. Moreover, accommodation facilities will also be provided to the students at such centers of excellence where hostel facilities are not available.
The selection of deserving students and their financial needs will be decided by the administration of the concerned educational institutions. The financial assistance will be provided directly to the administration of the center of excellence and it will be responsible for verification of cases of financial assistance, their scrutiny and distribution of funds.
The Chief Minister gave approval to allocation of five per cent quota for students of minority community, five per cent for disabled students and five per cent for the children of government employees of grade-1 to 4. The fund will be distributed initially through a trust. The students studying at private educational institutions will be provided assistance through Punjab Education Foundation.
The Chief Minister also gave approval to the formation of special committee for investment of the money of Punjab Educational Talent Fellowship Fund.
In another move, the Punjab Government has decided to set up libraries at union council levels to promote book-reading habit in the society and ensure availability of quality books. Promotion of reading habit especially among the students is the need of the hour, because it helps in promoting their talent. For this purpose, a task force would soon be constituted.
The Punjab Government is also holding seminars at divisional level to seek proposals of teachers, parents and intellectuals for strengthening education sector. Improvement of existing system and institutions is a challenge for the present government and measures are being taken in this regard with the cooperation of the masses.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that government would leave no stone unturned to improve living standard of people as well as ensuring progress and prosperity of the province. "This is my mission and I will strive hard to achieve this goal," he maintained.
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