Education in India is provided by the public sector as well as the private sector, with control and funding coming from three levels: central, state, and local. India has made progress in terms of increasing the primary education attendance rate. The key challenge is to rapidly provide its rural population with opportunities to become literate, and develop basic leadership and problem-solving skills, to raise productivity, entrepreneurship and material standards of living. Punjab Vidhan Sabha speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal said that primary education is one of the most important aspect for a child and good quality primary education acts as a strong and stable foundation. He said that the strong foundation in form of primary education proves most beneficial for him throughout his life.
The recent revolutionary ripple in education system of India is touching and transforming the infrastructure of education and knowledge throughout the country. Punjab is one of the few states in India that has been in the forefront of education movement. According to the figures, Punjab has responded most actively to the ‘Sarva Shiksha Program’, which is a national expedition to drive the darkness of illiteracy out of everyone’s life. In order keep up with the pace of neighboring states, Punjab government is concentrating on implementing special ideas such as establishment of portals for distance education, technical education in Punjab University and many more.
Punjab government has confirmed to launch a comprehensive plan to provide technical education to students, for leading them to industrial opportunities. These well-devised plans are advancing education in Punjab to a newer level. Punjab government has started several schemes for uplifting the standard of education. He said that bicycles to girl students are being distributed under Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme, for preparing the students for professional courses, six meritorious schools have been started in the state where students scoring above 80% marks are getting free education, besides several others.
Shruti Shukla, state coordinator of State Guidance Bureau, urged the teachers to lay special emphasis in Career Guidance and Counselling of students of government schools. She said that showing the right path to a student is like a service to the society.