Chandigarh, Sept 19 (UNI) Punjab has achieved top positions in the National Talent Search Examinations (NTSE)-2007 recently conducted by the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT).
In the NTSE, 103 students of class 10th and 8th have been selected for the scholarships which is double the quota fixed for the Punjab.
Education Minister Dr Upinderjit Kaur while Expressing her gratitude on this achievement to the successful candidates, said that the credit goes to the dedication and hard work of the successful candidates and guidance of their parents, teachers and the State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT) which have collectively achieved this honour by projecting the meritorious students of the state in the examination.
She added that more than 4 lakh students had appeared in this national examination from all the states and 89 students of 10th class and 90 students of 8th class had appeared from Punjab schools.
Out of which 54 students of 10th class and 39 students of 8th class had cleared the examination for National scholarships whereas the quota fixed for Punjab was only 25 students from 10th class and 23 students from 8th class.
The Minister informed that under the scholarships the successful candidates would get Rs 500 per month scholarship upto their university level studies.
Dr Upinderjit Kaur assured that the Education Department of the state would also provide help and support to such successful candidates to persue their academic achievements.