Government colleges in India are far and few. In order to rectify that by taking a minor step, the government of Punjab has announced that it would open 13 new government colleges in the state in 2016 itself.
Surjit Singh Rakhra, the Higher Education Minister of Punjab disclosed the following to the press "“
"· Out of the total 13 new colleges, two colleges will be professional, two will be based on model degree and the remaining nine new colleges in the state shall be degree colleges.
"· The construction for all these 13 colleges is already in full swing, and also said that one professional, two model degree and nine other colleges would be started from the current session 2016-17.
"· He further added that the two professional and two model degree colleges would be started in collaboration with the central government scheme - Rashtriya Uchttam Siksha Abhiyan (RUSA).
Out of the 13 new colleges to be opened in the state, two professional government colleges, viz. Punjab Arts and Sports College, Jalandhar, and the Punjab Aeronautical College of Engineering, Patiala, would be opened with an estimated investment of Rs 26 crore each.
As per the minister, the Punjab Government has already contributed more than Rs 6.47 crore over its share, besides contributing its share in proportion to the ratio of 60:40 as the centre and state share.