Education is of vital importance for any nation. No nation can grow if the people are not educated. The Education Department of Punjab undertakes various activities to enhance the quality of education in the state and to bring in maximum number of students, both girls and boys, to school. To achieve this, the department undertakes various activities and schemes, like imparting quality education to students from class 1st to 12th, computer education to students from class 6th to 12th. The department also undertakes enhancement of school infrastructure and other facilities along with recruitment and training of teachers.
In an effort to impart quality education to the marginalized, the Punjab government regularly provides free text books to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe students in the state. The text books are provided to Scheduled Caste students studying in 1st – 10th class in government as well as private recognized schools.
The literacy rate in Punjab has been growing steadily. The Punjab government has been able to achieve this feat because of various initiatives launched by it. These initiatives cater to every strata and section, thereby, impacting the society as a whole.
The state is also adopting multi-pronged strategy to ensure education for girls and for children who are below poverty line so as to achieve 100 per cent literacy rate. Along with these steps, the state is also focusing on helping the youth channelize their energies into meaningful pursuits.
The State government has come out with an action plan to increase the number of schools for girls and BPL (below poverty line) students besides augmenting scholarship schemes for SC/ST and meritorious students.
Unemployment is the major cause of concern in Punjab. Empowered youth are the backbone of any nation; therefore it is mandatory to provide them with training and job opportunities. Punjab government is constantly coming up with new schemes, training centres and jobs for the upliftment of the youth. Their mission is to ensure overall development of Punjab, which could be achieved by creating enough employment opportunities for the youth. Punjab government had recently launched the biggest ever employment drive in the history of the state and as per the drive, they are offering 1,13,766 government jobs to the youth of Punjab, which is within one year. In its earlier regime, the Badal Government had offered over one lakh government jobs to youth.
In a bid to put an end to unemployment, various initiatives are being taken up to impart skill development through multi-pronged programs. These initiatives help the youth to face the modern day challenges and be accustomed to the new age technology.
Development in Punjab is on a rapid stride, which in turn has brought a wide scope of employment opportunities. With the technological updates and extensive growth of mechanization, there is a great need of fresh talent in different fields of specialization.