Patiala: Minister for School Education. Vijay Inder Singla congratulated 74 teachers and officials on Saturday by giving them state awards in various categories in a simple capacity on the occasion of Teachers’ Day in the auditorium of the Thapar Institute Patiala. During the event, he also paid tribute to former president, scholar, philosopher and Bharat Ratna awardee Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was born on this day in 1888.
The Cabinet Minister personally awarded award certificates to four Patiala teachers during the event, while the remaining 70 teachers were awarded via video conference. In particular, simple and small functions have been set up in the offices of all Punjab district education officials to ensure social distancing standards amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
While praising the efforts of teachers and other members of the Education Department, Singla said that teachers are the greatest contributors to the development of a country and, on Teachers Day, showed personal respect for all teachers in society. He added that state school teachers have worked tirelessly to improve educational standards in the state. He said that with the efforts of everyone in the education department, the quality of education and infrastructure has also improved.
Mr Singla said that due to the hard work and dedication of state school teachers, Punjab has seen around 15 percent growth in enrollments, the highest growth in admissions in history.
He added that the state government, led by Captain Amarinder Singh, has regularly taken new initiatives to improve the quality of education in state schools. He said that around 45 percent of Punjab’s state schools have been developed as smart schools as part of these initiatives. He said state schools have outshone private schools and achieved better exam results this year.
The cabinet minister said to harness the energy of young educators, her government has also introduced new systems in education. He said her government has begun recruiting school principals and other administrative posts through direct recruitment, which has helped attract more youth to transforming the level of education in state schools. He added that in addition to direct recruitment, they have also introduced a new state awards category, where teachers with three years of service are eligible for state awards. He added that there used to be a limit of at least 10 years to apply for a state award.
School Education Secretary Krishan Kumar commended the teachers for their commendable work during the Covid-19 pandemic and said their concerted, consistent and dedicated efforts helped the department meet all of its goals. He added that the enrollment had been increased; The necessary facilities in state schools will also be provided shortly.
DGSE Mohammad Tayab, DPI (Elementary School), Lalit Kishore Ghai and other officials from the Education Department were also present on the occasion.