Reviewing the functioning of the Higher Education and Languages Department, the Chief Minister also ordered the immediate release of Rs 5 crore for establishing a language award to promote Punjabi.
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh virtually launched online courses/ programmes started by Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, for the Punjabi diaspora. Reviewing the functioning of the Higher Education and Languages Department, the Chief Minister also ordered the immediate release of Rs 5 crore for establishing a language award to promote Punjabi.
He said the online courses would go a long way in helping youths learn the Punjabi language. “This endeavor would also keep Punjabi youth abreast of the state’s glorious cultural heritage, thus connecting them with their ancestral roots,” he said.
Along with this, the Chief Minister also made a series of announcements and launched several education development programmes. In the same direction, GNDU has been granted Rs100 crore for research, innovation, quality improvement and entrepreneurship purposes under the second phase of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, which is a Centrally-sponsored scheme with 60 per cent GOI’s share and 40 per cent state share.
Of this, GNDU has been provided Rs41.67 crore till date. Under this scheme, Rs3.5 crore has also been released to GNDU out of the total sanctioned amount of Rs7 crore for undertaking faculty development programmes and preparation of content for e-tutorials. GNDU has been organising several national-level faculty development webinars and programmes throughout the lockdown period, in line with goals of the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan.
The CM has also constituted a committee of vice chancellors to work out examination reforms and review curriculums, to scale up the quality of higher education in the state in line with the advances taking place across the world. The committee, under the chairmanship of Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu, GNDU Vice-Chancellor, will also look into introduction of new courses and digital education and will submit its report within 60 days.
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