Chandigarh, August 27
To mark the 400th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday virtually laid the foundation stone of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur State University of Law, Tarn Taran, directing the Finance Department to ensure sufficient funds for timely operationalisation of the institution.
The Chief Minister also launched commemorative Gold and Silver coins to mark the birth anniversary of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur.
Making it clear that shortage of finances would not be allowed to hold up education projects in the state, the Chief Minister termed it the most important focus area to enable the youth of Punjab to compete with the world, a press release said. He lauded the concerned department for enabling the state to become number 1 in school education in the country. Citing education as a priority sector, the Chief Minister said after achieving top position in School Education, his next aim is to make Punjab No.1 in Higher Education and Technical Education also.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he will inaugurate 18 new fully functional degree colleges and 25 ITIs on October 2.
“Education must keep pace with times,” he stressed, underscoring the need for constant evolution to ensure that education does not become irrelevant in the coming decades.
Though Law Degrees are also being conferred by the Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjabi University, and Panjab University, apart from law being taught in about 30 colleges of the state, there was only one Law University (Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala) in the state so far, he pointed out.
Captain Amarinder disclosed that the classes of the upcoming university would be started in a transit campus till the time the main campus is ready, for which 25 acre land has been earmarked in Kairon village. The University coming up at village Kairon was a real tribute to former Chief Minister Partap Singh Kairon, who was the architect of modern Punjab and credited with setting up PAU, Ludhiana, which ushered in the green revolution, Amarinder Singh said.