Haryana govt to upgrade government colleges

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Chandigarh, Jul 10 (UNI) The Haryana Government has decided to develop 25 government colleges as a centre of excellence in the first phase.

A budget provision of Rs 430.44 crore has been made to promote higher education in the State during the current financial year.

While stating this here today, Education Minister Mange Ram Gupta said that in the first phase 25 colleges would be developed.

The facilities to be made avaliable or upgraded in these colleges include setting up of language labs, e-library facilities, ell eqipped labs, computer labs, auditorium and seminar halls.

Besides, subjects in all streams would be taught in these colleges. He said that more focus would be given to teach job-oriented courses.

Mr Gupta said that State Government had also sanctioned 15,000 seats in the job-oriented courses in the colleges from the current academic session. He said that computer education would be made available to all the students in these colleges. He said that computer education at under-graduate level had been introduced with an aim to churn out graduates who were confident and updated.

He said that a provision of Rs 254.55 crore was made for higher education in 2004-05. He said that the State Government was committed to provide qualitative education to the students so that they could compete in the age of globalization.

Mr Gupta said that EDUSAT system had been introduced at the college level so that maximum students could get benefit of this innovative scheme. He said that as many as 13,173 students of various classes upto graduation level had taken benefit of the scheme. Besides, 4200 students had received the training in soft skills through DVDs relayed on EDUSAT.

The Education Minister said that 73 lecturers of Government Colleges were granted senior grade while 39 lecturers were granted selection grade recently. He said that vacant posts of Principals in Government Colleges had also been filled up.

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