ASSOCHAM Study ranks the state top in school enrollments as well
In times of cutthroat competition, education sector is the most important part of our society. For any government it is important to focus on education, as it is the future generation which has to take our nation ahead. Also, if there is enough infrastructure in education, people will never have to think of looking for options in other parts of the country by getting their children admitted in boarding schools.
In an otherwise primarily agrarian state, the initiatives taken by the government have yielded results. In a recent study by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM), Punjab has ranked top in terms of growth in the number of schools. It is not just the growth but there are several other findings which make Punjab Numero Uno state of the country.
If we see the growth in number of schools Punjab is followed by Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir(Source: Hindustan Times: http://goo.gl/z9v8UN). Punjab had topped the education parameters, which only shows the concern of the authorities over the last few years which has managed to bring Punjab to the forefront.
DNA in its newspaper report says, “Punjab has a keen focus on making education available to children from different strata of the society. By enhancing the education infrastructure in the state, Shiromani Akali Dal is securing the future of children of Punjab” (http://goo.gl/u73LJ3).
As per the study, ‘States Emergence: A comparative analysis of growth and development 2015’ the state has recorded a growth rate of 6.5 per cent between 2007-08 and 2013-14 when sincere initiatives were taken to strengthen education sector by opening new schools.
Even in the current financial year, the study says, Punjab has come up with encouraging results, which show Punjab also leads in student enrollment during the period 2007-08 and 2013-14 followed by the neighbouring state of Haryana and Gujarat with 5 percent and 3 percent enrollment growth respectively.
There have been outstanding results when it comes to computer facilities in Punjab schools as 52 percent schools were equipped with the facility in 2013-14 as compared to 31 percent in 2007-08 which shows tremendous growth and the initiative to promote Information Technology effectively right from the school level.
The study also brings out that Punjab has also recruited more teachers, as the numbers rose from 79,750 to over 2.36 lakh, in the last 5 years, which is a clear 20 percent annual growth, which is highest in the country.
Several initiatives taken by the government in education sector are also pointed out in the study as per which Punjab is a leader by being the only state with highest spending on education, which is 4.3 percent of its gross domestic product. The closest state is Gujarat having spent 3.3 percent of its gross domestic product on education.
Punjab has been always leading in the education sector and has set up 27 model schools in addition to the 24 model schools on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.