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Press release for Punjab Govt
Jan 30, 2008



The visiting Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation Minister of British Columbia Mr. Michael De Jong today offered services to work together with the Punjab government in upgrading technical skills and knowledge through Experts' and Teachers' exchange programmes in the sphere of primary & secondary education, technical education, skill development, tele-medicine, bio-technology, nano-technology and information technology.

Mr. Jong made this offer here today during a meeting at breakfast hosted by the Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal in honour of visiting delegation led by Mr. Jong.

Taking part in the deliberations, Mr.Badal informed the delegations that Punjabis shared a special bonding with British Columbia-one of the most prosperous and advanced provinces in Canada. Punjabis had a strong presence there and it was a matter of great satisfaction to observe that Punjabis had always contributed immensely towards the economic prosperity of the land of their adoption.

The Chief Minister informed Mr.Jong that the Punjab government would soon ink a memorandum of understanding with British Columbia for bilateral cooperation in the field of transportation and education leading further to employment. The Chief Minister solicited Mr. Jong's cooperation for the skill development programme in the state besides the absorption of quality manpower from Punjab in the industry of British Columbia. He also requested Mr.Jong to consider Punjab as their number one choice for importing manpower and also ease out the procedure for migration of skilled youth from Punjab to province of British Columbia.

Mr.Jong assured the Chief Minister that British Columbia was looking forward for collaboration with the Punjabi University Patiala, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Technical University Jalandhar, Panjab University Chandigarh and Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana to upgrade the standard of education and improve the chances of employability of students from Punjab to Canada.

Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Deputy Chairman State Planning Board Dr.JS Bajaj, Chief Secretary RI Singh, Secretary Technical Education NS Kalsi, Secretary Civil Aviation Viswajit Khanna and Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Parveen Kumar.