BRITSIH COLUMBIAN EXPERTS TO HELP
ON HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT
CHANDIGARH JANUARY 30
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.