Punjab to waive off Rs 100 PGSC entry fee for rural students

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Chandigarh, Jan 24 (UNI) The Punjab Government would make budgetary provision of Rs 1.25 crore to waive off the Rs 100 entry free for the students of the rural government schools in the State to promote a scientific temper amongst them.

The decision to this effect was taken by the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while presiding over a high-level meeting here today to discuss the ways and means to popularise the prestigious Pushpa Gujral Science City (PGSC).

The meeting also decided that to attract the visitors in the Science City, a new amusement park over 4 acres apart from the world's largest Dinosaur park was being developed in the vicinity of the Science City.

Presently, 2.75 lakh people visit this place every year which would be increased manifold after the development of the site.

To further inculcate the scientific fervour amongst the young generation, Mr Badal directed the officers to prepare a detailed report for setting up of a Science Park in every district.

Regarding the development of approach roads from Jalandhar to the Science City, Mr Badal said that a ring road for Jalandhar had already been planed which would join Science City through an extension of a new 1 km-long road.

Likewise, there was also a plan to widen the existing Jalandhar-Kapurthala road up to 60 feet. Mr Badal also directed the PIDB to include Railway over bridge Project on Jalandhar-Kapurthala road in its projects under execution.

Science and Technology and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia said that this state-of-the-art Science City would prove to be a milestone in boosting the Tourism potential enormously besides transforming the state's traditional agrarian economy into a high-tech Industrialised economy.

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