Lahore : An amount of Rs.19 crore and 10 lac was distributed among position holder students of Secondary School Certificate and Intermediate 2017 examination along with their teachers here today in a ceremony held in Aiwan e Iqbal.
As many as 445 students who got top three positions in secondary school certificate and intermediate examinations were awarded cash prizes worth Rs. 4 lac, 3 lac and 2 lac whereas the teachers were awarded Rs.2 lac, Rs.1.5lac and Rs. one lac respectively.
Provincial Minister for Higher Education Syed Ali Raza Gillani on behalf of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif was the chief guest at this occasion.
Minister P&D Malik Nadeem Kamran, Minister for Environment Zakia Shahnawaz, Minister PDMA Mehar Ejaz Ichalana,Advisor to CM Punjab Rana Muhammad Arshad and Secretary for Higher Education Nabbel Awan were present on this occasion.
In his key address Raza Ali Syed, Minister for Higher Education said that Punjab Government has been awarded cash prizes of Rs. One billion 13 crore and 80 lac during the last 10 years to acknowledge the achievements of position holders and their teachers. “We cannot afford “Ratta System’’ anymore and Higher Education Department has planned to introduce Conceptional Learning System by 2023 to compete other countries in education sector ” he announced.
While elaborating initiatives taken by his department Syed Ali Raza Gillani said that by 2020 all government colleges would be bound to launch B.S Honours program and in first phase prominent colleges will start B.S Honours during the current year. He also said during last one and half year Punjab Government appointed 3971 teachers to overcome faculty shortage.
“Under the scholarship program 65 students are studying in world renowned top universities including Cambridge and Oxford” he said.