In an effort toprovide special facilities to girl students, disabled and poor students, the Punjab government has announced a financial grant of Rs 2.35 crore for forty-seven government colleges in the state. An official spokesperson informed that the Higher Education Department has worked out a special component grant of Rs 5 lakh for each college that would be utilised for uplifting the higher education standard of girl students, poor and disabled students. Instructions were issued to all colleges to utilise this grant to make colleges disabled-friendly to ensure access of every disabled student to all facilities being offered by 47 colleges.
These grants are to be utilised for evolving disabled-friendly computer programs, providing internet facilities to such students besides ensuring gender equality in the 47 colleges. Furthermore, co-educational institutions have been issued instructions to ensure separate toilets for girl students as per the standard lay out plan provided to them.
The Punjab government released Rs 59 lakh to the colleges and the remaining grants would be released shortly.
It may be mentioned that the Punjab government has been making efforts in the direction of exploiting mobile network to propagate its activities. Earlier this year, Punjab education department decided to use text messages services to guide students and their parents about subject combinations, examination schedule and prospect of particular professional courses. The process aims to give career guidance to 20,000 students of government schools in the first phase. An exercise has already been launched to generate mobile numbers of parents of the students.