Lahore- Different education sectors, including higher education , school education , technical and special education and laptops distribution to bright students, have been allocated Rs40.59billion in annual budget for thePunjabprovince.

Budgetary documents for fiscal year 2013-14 show 30pc increase in the education sector. According to the documents, thePunjabgovernment has allocated Rs991million to pre-primary education affairs and services, Rs14.54billion to secondary education affairs and services and Rs20.98billion to tertiary education affairs and services.

 The provincial government has earmarked Rs2billion for Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, Rs3.3billion for provision of free books and Rs3.5billion for provision of missing facilities in girl schools. A huge sum of Rs7.5billion has been earmarked for Punjab Education Foundation, Rs1billion for provision of free laptops and Rs1.5billion for establishment of 1000 computer labs.

Besides, thePunjabgovernment has allocated Rs6.67billion to higher education . A break up of this allocation shows the government will spend Rs1.47billion on ongoing development projects in 83 colleges and Rs1.12billion for missing facilities in colleges.

In his budget speech, Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rahman said the government would establish digital libraries and distribute over 200,000 home solar systems to students underPunjabchief minster’s ujala programme.

Like the previous year, the minister again announced that all the educational institutions, including private and public sectors schools, colleges and universities, that charged Rs5,000 or more monthly fee would allocate 10 per cent seats to poor students. The institution will bear all fees, including tuition fees, of 10 percent of poor students, he said while adding there was need of legislation for this purpose and they would do it.