Announcing aid of Rs 200 crore for Punjabi University, Patiala, Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema said that PU Patiala initially had a mandate to develop and promote our mother tongue, Punjabi. “It evolved as a multidisciplinary education system. However, it has been a victim of mismanagement in the past and hence to revive this university, an allocation of Rs 200 crore in the financial year 2022-23 has been made to overcome the ongoing financial crisis.
An allocation of Rs 30 crore has been made to provide infrastructure facilities in nine new government college libraries in Tarn Taran, Barnala, Ludhiana, Fazilka, Malerkotla, Moga, Pathankot, Sri Muktsar Sahib and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.
Announcing the CM scholarship program for general category students studying in government colleges, Cheema said, “In order to encourage students from poor families, especially in the general category, to study in government colleges, the government AAP has decided to offer a scholarship in concession in the fees, based on the grades obtained by the student. I propose an allowance of Rs 30 crore for this purpose.
Proposing to establish 16 new medical colleges in Punjab over the next five years, Cheema said, “We don’t want our medical students to go to countries like Ukraine to study medicine. Rs 1,033 crore has been allocated for medical training. “That’s a 56.60% increase from 2021-22,” he said.