Shimlaशिमला   No. 1222/2023-PUB 23th November 2023

CM presides over annual prize distribution function of Portmore School

CM presides over annual prize distribution function of Portmore School

Announces smart class rooms in Portmore girls school

Lays foundation stone of girls hostel

Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu while presiding over the annual prize distribution function of the Portmore model Girls school here today said that foreseeing the challenges in education sector, particularly after the COVID era and surfacing modern digital technologies, the State Government mulls to bring reforms in the education sector to equip the children to keep pace with the changing digital trends.

He said that the 10 best performing schools at the State level and five schools each at district level would be selected for rewards. It has also been decided that the school authorities, together will the School Management Committee (SMC), will be authorized for selection of smart uniforms for the students. To ensure the overall individual development of the students and imparting quality education to them, the Rajiv Gandhi Day boarding schools were being opened in the State in a phased manner.

The Chief Minister also distributed 'Tablets' to 16 meritorious girl students under the Ramanujan Student Digital scheme. As many as 7520 Tablets will be distributed to the girl students in the state out of 10,540 identified meritorious students in this fiscal.

The Government has taken a serious note of vacancies of the teachers in most of the schools and will fill up the vacant posts in a phased manner, he remarked.   

As many as  4000 thousand orphan children have been adopted as the 'Children of the State' and the government was legally committed for their upbringing and providing them better education, said Sh. Sukhu. A special scheme will also be announced for the special children in the next budget so as to bring them in the mainstream. The Government is also providing a sum of Rs. 25 thousand to meritorious girl students for purchasing e-scooties and has launched the Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar Vidyarthi Rin (Loan) Yojna, under which, a loan amount of maximum Rs. 20 lakh on one percent interest will be given to the students.

In a bid for empowering women, the government was contemplating to increase the marriage age of the girls to 21 years for which legal formalities were being explored. He said that 30 percent reservation would be provided to the girls for recruitment in police department.

He also performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of the girls hostel to be constructed with an outlay of rupees five crore and announced starting smart classes in the school.

The Chief Minister also recalled and shared his student life memories and distributed prizes to the students on the occasion. He also presented rupees one lakh to the school for cultural performance.

Education Minister, Rohit Thakur said that Portmore was one of the oldest and a renowned school for the girls. He said that the focus of the government was to provide employment oriented education to the children. He thanked the Chief Minster for announcing rupees five crore for the girls hostel which will facilitate the girl students coming for far off places.

MLA, Harish Janartha, former CPS, Sohan Lal, Director Higher Education, Amarjit Sharma, Director Primary Education, Ashish Kohli and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.  

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