Provincial Minister for Education, Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman has said that new women universities are being established in Bahawalpur, Multan, Sialkot and Faisalabad for enhancing ratio of higher education among women, whereas, priority is being given to professional colleges like the home economics college.
He expressed these views while addressing the 43rd convocation of the Government College of Home Economics, Gulberg. He said that the government is implementing a comprehensive strategy for imparting modern education to students and Rs 195 billion will be spent on the education sector during the current fiscal year which is 29 percent of the total budget of the province.
He said that the Punjab government has opened 50 colleges in the province during the last four and half years, out of which 12 colleges are in Lahore. He said that the government is implementing a comprehensive policy for the up-gradation of higher education in the province and women are encouraged in this sector.
Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman said that the amount for the endowment fund has been increased up to Rs 10 billion. He said that stipends worth Rs 1 billion are being distributed among the girl students belonging to remote and deprived areas to encourage female education.
He said that complete elimination of terrorism and extremism is necessary for the progress and prosperity of the country. Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman said that more than 70,000 teachers have been recruited on merit in a transparent manner for removing shortage of school teachers throughout the province. He said that IT labs have been set up in more than 5000 high schools and 515 middle schools.