10 per cent free seats for poor students in Tech Institutes

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Chandigarh, Aug 20 (UNI) Punjab government today inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 'Punjab Un-aided Technical Institutions Association' (PUTIA) to provide free 10 per cent seats for poor meritorious students in the Technical Educational Institutions running undergraduate Degree Programmes in Engineering and Technology, HMCT, Pharmacy Architecture, Arts and Crafts.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal said the ''historic MoU would fulfill the SAD-BJP Government's commitment to impart free quality education to the poor and unprivileged intelligent students in Degree Courses under various disciplines.

He further mentioned that the state government would grant 10 per cent seats in addition to the sanctioned strength of each Institution. The Chief Minister categorically said it would be made mandatory for all the government promoted, private aided and private un-aided institutions to implement this scheme from session 2008-09.

Giving the details of the MoU, the Media Advisor of the Chief Minister Harcharan Bains said out of these free seats, 33 per cent would be reserved for girl candidates, 50 per cent for economically weaker and 17 per cent for physically challenged candidates.

The fee for these students would be completely waived off including tuition fee, lodging and boarding fee, transportation and transfer fee, Institutional charges and University funds where the income of the candidate is less than Rs 2.5 lakh/annual and in all other cases only tuition fee would be waived off as prescribed in the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) policy, said Mr Bains.

Regarding the economic selection criteria, Mr Bains said the Chief Minister had directed that a committee comprising the head of the particular Institute and respective Deputy Commissioner would finalise the select under this category and monitoring would be done by the Punjab Technical University/Directorate of Technical Education and Industrial Training Department Punjab.

The MoU was signed by the Principal Secretary Technical Education and Industrial Training Tejinder Kaur on behalf of the Punjab Government and and by Mr J S Dhariwal, President of the Association on behalf of PUTIA, in presence of the Chief Minister.


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