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April 15, 2008



Chandigarh, April 15, 2008

The Punjab Government has set in motion the process of promotions and recruitments under various categories in the Education Department thereby fulfilling its promises made to the teaching community.

Disclosing this here today, Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Education Minister Punjab said that 14000 teachers would be recruited before the onset of this academic session 2008-09 and with this backlog as well as jobs on compassionate ground were also being taken care of.

The Minister said that out of 9998 ETT vacancies advertised, 8856 job offer letters had been issued so far and remaining 1143 posts would also be filled after second scrutiny of applications received. Besides job letters for 4000 B.Ed teachers would also be issued till 30th April, 2008. She advised to the fresh appointees to report within a week time regarding their acceptances of jobs otherwise waiting candidates would be considered to accomplish the recruitment process at the earliest.

The Education Minister pointed out that as many as 449 masters had also been promoted as lectures and 1800 more would be promoted within a week. Besides, instructions had already been issued for the promotion of Lecturers as Principals within this month.

The Minister further added that in elementary schools Head Teachers and Centre Head Teachers had been promoted as per the vacancies whereas 197 ETT and 197 JBT teachers were also being recruited to clear the backlog in various handicapped categories. Besides this 171 Block Primary Education Officer (BPEOs) would be promoted by the next week and remaining 55 vacancies of BPEOs related to direct quota would be filled by the government soon.

Dr. Upinderjit Kaur said that total 116 jobs letters had already been handed over during three special camps to the beneficiaries of employees who died in harness and the fourth such camp would be organised within the next few days. The education officers have already been directed to hold such special camps quarterly to clear the backlog in compassionate cases.

The Minister said that entire selection process had been completed in a transparent manner and all selections were being made purely on merit basis. It was the firm commitment of the Chief Minister Punjab S. Parkash Singh Badal to fill up the vacancies in priority sectors and provide jobs to the unemployed youth of the state.

The Education Minister further said that to give a thrust for imparting quality education in rural sector, the state government had earmarked 351 senior secondary schools in the state by selecting three schools from each constituency for upgrading the educational infrastructure. These schools would be provided with better infrastructure facilities like new class rooms, science laboratories, boundary walls, facilities in playgrounds, safe drinking water etc. at a cost of Rs. 142 crore during this fiscal year. Besides this 141 Adarash Schools one from each constituency would be opened in the state with the help of corporate houses, educational Trusts, Societies, NRIs etc in private partnership. These schools would impart quality education and skill courses by offering free education to the poor and intelligent rural students.

The Minister stressed that the Punjab Government was fully committed to make revolutionary changes in imparting quality education, state-of-the-art teaching methods and facilities to the teaching faculty so that Punjabi students could complete at national as well as international level. In this regard various developments were being made and more were under active consideration.


Chandigarh APRIL 15

Education plays a vital role in shaping the destiny of any nation or society besides developing one's personality to become an ideal citizen.

These views were expressed by Punjab Chief Minister by Mr Parkash Singh Badal while presiding over a function organized by the State School Education Department here at Government Rajindera College to handover the appointment letters to the newly selected educational services providers including masters/mistresses and teaching fellows (ETT/JBT) cadre. He said the entire appointment procedure for the recruitment of government school teachers under different categories had been completed. "Today's function is the step towards realizing the dream of SAD –BJP government to revamp and strengthen the entire school education system in the State", said Mr. Badal.

The Chief Minister said that the state government had already embarked upon an ambitious programme to upgrade the infrastructure in the 351 government senior secondary schools at the cost Rs. 142 crore to impart quality education to the students in science and commerce stream. Mr. Badal said that all the newly recruited teachers would be in their palace well before the start of current academic session.

Speaking on the occasion Education Minister Mrs. Upinderjit Kaur said that the entire selection procedure has been completed in a transparent manner and all the teachers had been selected purely on the merit. She also stated that the department would dispatch appointment letters to all the selected candidates positively by April 20.She also informed that 438 classical & vernacular teachers and 246 masters/mistresses had been directly appointed by the department. Apart from this 25 teachers and 91 clerks had been appointed on the compassionate grounds against the posts of the deceased employees of the education department.

On the occasion Mr, Badal handed over 154 and 107 appointment letters to the candidates selected as masters/mistresses and ETT/JBT teachers respectively during a function held at Bathinda late last evening.

Prominent among others who were present on the occasion included Member Parlaiment from Bathinda Smt. Paramjit Kaur Gulshan Chief Parliamentary Secretary Smt, Mohinder Kaur Josh,Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Harcharan Bains ,Education Secretary Mr. Karanbir singh Sidhu, Mr. Jagtar Singh Khatra DPI (Secondary) besides Mr, Gagandeep Singh Brar and Mr. Parveen Kumar both Additional Principal Secretaries to Chief Minister.


APRIL 15, 2008

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.

As a revolutionary step, the state government had already under taken a massive programme for the up gradation of 351 senior secondary government schools at a cost of Rs.142 crore to provide quality education in the science and commerce stream. Three such schools would be set up in each assembly constituency in addition to the Adarsh schools.
On the recruitment of 14000 teachers under various categories for the government schools, Mr.Badal said that the entire process had been completed in a transparent manner and the appointment letters were being issued by the state education department in a phased manner to enable them to join their duties during the current academic session.

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".

Later addressing the media persons, Mr.Badal said that the Ministry of Civil Aviation has accorded in principle approval to set up a domestic airport at Sahnewal to provide air connectivity to Ludhiana – the industrial hub of the state. He said that the expansion of civil aviation was on the top of agenda as the Airports Authority of India had already cleared the proposal for setting up of an International Airport at Mohali for which a memorandum of agreement had also been signed. Apart from this Guru Ram Das International Airport at Amritsar is also being upgraded to launch more international flights. He said that though the international airport at Mohali would be completed within next two years but international flights to and fro would commence with in next 6 months. Likewise the Ministry of Civil Aviation had also acceded to the state government's proposal to allow domestic flights from Bhishiana Airport near Bathinda which would be soon developed as a civil airport terminal to accommodate more national as well as international flights.

Asked to comment on the procurement of wheat, Mr.Badal expressed satisfaction over the purchase of wheat and said that there was no ban on the private traders to procure wheat from the mandis. He said that even the Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar during his recent visit to Chandigarh had categorically stated that the Centre had not imposed any sort of ban on the purchase of wheat by the private traders.

Referring to the initiatives taken by the state government in the power sector, Mr. Badal disclosed that the state government had asked the Punjab State Electricity Board to set up three additional units one each of 500 MW at Guru Gobind Singh Thermal Plant Ropar, Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant Lehra Mohabbat and Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant Bathinda. He said that with the setting up of these units in the existing thermal plants power generation capacity would be enhanced from the existing 6500 MW to 8000 MW. He said that these proposed thermal units would be cost effective due to the existing infrastructure and technical support. He stated that the by the end of 2012 the total generation capacity would cross 10000 MW with the commissioning of three upcoming thermal plants at Talwandi Sabo, Rajpura and Goindwal Sahib.

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.



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