Announcing the Rs 200 crore subsidy for Punjabi University, Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema said that PU Patiala was initially tasked with developing and promoting the Punjabi mother tongue. It has developed as a multidisciplinary education system. However, it has become a victim of mismanagement in the past and in order to revive this university, Rs 200 crore has been allocated in the 2022-23 financial year to overcome the ongoing financial crisis.”
Rs 30 crore has been earmarked for the provision of infrastructure facilities in nine new government college libraries of Tarn Taran, Parnala, Ludhiana, Vasilka, Mallirkotla, Moja, Pathankot, Sri Mukhtasar Sahib and Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar.
Announcing the CM scholarship program for general category students studying in government colleges, Cheema said: “In order to encourage students from poor families especially of general category students studying in government colleges, the AAP government has decided to offer scholarship as a fee concession, on the basis of the marks obtained by the student. I suggest allocating Rs 30 crore for this.”
Suggesting the establishment of 16 new medical colleges in Punjab in the next five years, Cheema said, “We don’t want our medical students to go to countries like Ukraine to study medicine.” Rs 1,033 crore has been earmarked for medical education. “It’s an increase of 56.60% over the period from 2021 to 2222,” he said.