Fees for BEd course under three universities in state differ: Minister

The annual fees for BEd courses under three universities in the state differ, said Punjab Education Minister Dr Upinderjit Kaur. She was replying to a question by Bikramjit Singh Majithia. She said the private non-aided colleges under the Panjab University charge Rs 35,000 as annual fees, while government colleges under the Guru Nanak Dev University charge Rs 4,805 per year. The annual fees charged by the government colleges under the Punjabi University is Rs 2,721. The government had fixed Rs 35,000 as annual fees for the self-financed BEd colleges of the state. The minister admitted such variation should not exist.

No meeting of the District Grievance Committee has been held in Ludhiana and Mohali districts in the last three years. These facts came to light in a reply by Cabinet minister Tikshan Sud on the floor of the House to a question put by MLA Ishar Singh. Sud said instructions have been issued to all deputy commissioners in the state to hold regular meetings once a month. The minister concerned had also held a meeting with assistant commissioners (grievances) on January 19 and instructed them to hold these meetings before 12th of each month.

The Punjab government has disposed 503 buses of Punjab Roadways and PRTC since 2007. This reply came in a question put by Ajit Singh Shant. Punjab Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal said of the 503 buses auctioned, 298 belonged to Punjab Roadways and 205 to PRTC and the government earned Rs 7.03 crore from them.

The board has been constituted to dispose the buses which have completed seven years on the road or have covered 5.25 lakh kilometers. The board inspects the vehicles and disposes them through open auction.

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