Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, March 8
Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal on Monday presented the state budget for the financial year 2021-22 in the state assembly.
For the education sector, Badal announced a slew of new schemes:
- Two new medical colleges and hospital will be set up at Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur, entailing an expenditure of Rs 650 crore.
- Two technical colleges will be upgraded to universities
- 250 government schools to be upgraded
- Rs 140 crore allocated for digital education
- Rs 100 crore allocated to provide smartphones to students of class XII
- Fitness parks to be set up in all government schools and playgrounds.
- Rs 100 crore for up-gradation of Government Colleges
- Rs 1064 crore allocated for GNDU, Punjabi University, PAU, Rajiv Gandhi National Law university
- Rs 90 crore assigned to help waive off Punjabi University's debt
- Rs 432 crore allocated for setting up Interfaith Institute at GNDU
- Rs 750 crore set aside for giving scholarships to 2 lakh students under Post Matric Scholarship scheme.
- All students studying in government colleges will be allowed free travel in government- run buses.
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