Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday sought Indian President Pranab Mukherjee intervention for upgrading the education in University, College and school level to impart quality education to the meritorious students of the poor and weaker sections of the society.
While speaking at the third convocation of the Lovely Professional University (LPU) that was presided over by the President of India, Badal said that the lack of the environment and facilities coupled with poverty is depriving the poor and meritorious students from the access of quality education.
“Intelligent and meritorious students who, despite of the adverse circumstances, score well in school education but they didn’t get the appropriate opportunity for higher education and urged Indian President to direct the Government of India to give special attention towards solving this grave problem and frame a scheme for imparting quality higher education to the poor but meritorious students,” Badal said.
Badal further said that with the world emerging as a global village the students of the state have to compete with the youth across the state who were studying in the best institutions.
Badal termed Mukherjee as most learned, experienced and brilliant statesmen of the recent times besides being the constitutional head of the country and said that President should take unprecedented steps for ensuring the quality education to the youth.
“Punjab Government has made all out efforts for promoting the education in the state and has set up nine new universities and 17 new colleges for this purpose to impart quality education to students,” Badal said, adding that it is the concerted efforts of the state government due to which Punjab has been rated as number one state in School infrastructure by National University of Education Planning and Administration (NUEPA).
Badal also requested President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, who was the special Guest on the occasion, to use his good office for checking the smuggling of the Heroine drug from their country to the state.
Meanwhile, Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil said that the Universities have an enormous responsibility for building the Nation through the enrichment of higher education system and it was, therefore, imperative that there was an ideal integration of programs of teaching, research, work experience and community development to enhance professional competence of our students to enable them to contribute to the Nation.