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Punjab Minister stresses development of common system of education, educational reforms 

Punjab Higher Education and Languages Minister Pargat Singh chairing a meeting with Vice Chancellors of state universities, in Chandigarh on October 28, 2021. Photo: DPR/Punjab

Chandigarh, Oct 28 (MNN) Punjab Higher Education and Languages Minister Pargat Singh said on Thursday that a common system of education would be developed to guide the youth in the right direction and quality reforms brought about in the higher education sector.

Apart from exchange of new ideas and infrastructure, these institutes will provide such education to make youths employable as per the industry demands.

The Minister said this during a meeting with Vice Chancellors of all state universities at Punjab Bhavan here today.

The meeting was convened to seek suggestions from all state universities on higher education, to know their problems and to form a common view on higher education.

Pargat Singh described private institutions as an important part of the higher education system and hoped that they will not give preference to purely commercial aspect since there can be no compromise on quality education.

In addition, it is our responsibility to provide equal opportunities in higher education to the needy students, the Minister pointed out.

The Minister asked all universities and colleges in Punjab to make efforts to come up with syllabus as well as moral education to students, especially to promote Punjabi language, culture and sports.

He said that it was a major challenge for Punjab that Punjabi youth were disqualified from recruitment in Army, paramilitary forces and police because they could not pass physical endurance tests.

This is a huge challenge for Punjabis, and so our educational institutions have to create a sports friendly environment, the former hockey player said.

He took a dim view of encouragement to vulgar and violent songs on campuses by inviting such singers and artistes and said that efforts should be made to promote a culture that guides the youth in the right direction.

Pargat Singh also spoke of setting up an authority to run higher education with the help of experts and academicians.

He said that each sector has its own role models whose influence in that sector is acknowledged and these role models should be a part of these sectors.

In addition, experts committees at the district level will be formed. He directed the department to set up these committees as soon as possible and ensure that these committees and Vice Chancellors of all Punjab universities meet every month.

Addressing the meeting, Vice Chancellors of various universities emphasised that syllabi should be updated and that there should also be uniformity. They said a platform should be provided for students to become entrepreneurs, besides involvement of private institutions in policy-making.

The meeting was attended by Higher Education and Languages Secretary Krishan Kumar, DPI (Colleges) Paramjit Singh, Assistant Director (College Education) Dr Gurdarshan Brar, Guru Nanak Dev University V-C Dr Jaspal Singh Sandhu and Punjabi University V-C Prof Arvind apart from representatives of other universities.

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