LAHORE – Punjab Education Minister Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said that the Punjab government aimed at setting up women universities in Bahawalpur, Multan, Sialkot and Faisalabad during current fiscal year.

Talking to a delegation of teachers on Wednesday, Mujtaba said the government had taken new initiative in the field of education. He said government had step-up endowment fund with Rs10 billion and 50,000 talented and deserving students were getting scholarship for higher studies, this year.

Mujtaba said the Punjab government had provided a sum of Rs10 billion to promote school education in the marginalised strata and 1.5 million deserving students in the 36 districts would be benefited during current year.

He told the teachers that a sum of Rs46 billion would be spent on the school education sector to elevate it according to international standards. He said Rs One billion stipends were being distributed in the girl students belonging to remote and deprived areas to encourage female education.

The minister said the Punjab government had distributed 60,000 education vouchers among the deserving students to enable them complete their education in their favourite school. He said the government had launched education survey in 19 districts so that to expand education vouchers scheme in new districts especially in less developed areas.