Balachaur 15 January:
"With a view to ensuring teaching of Punjabi language in all schools of Punjab, the state government has made it mandatory for all schools to start teaching of Punjabi from the ensuing academic session", this was stated by the Education Minister, Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema while revealing that the state government had recently conducted a survey and it came to light that as many as 34 schools in the state had not been teaching Punjabi language to the students, hence, to to ensure preservation and promotion of the Punjabi language as well as to facilitate youth, willing to serve in different government departments in Punjab, to fulfill the condition of having passed the subject of Punjabi language at matriculation level, the state government had taken the decision.
Moreover, to giving further fillip to the promotion and preservation of Punjabi language and culture as well as to strengthen the ties of the next generations of Punjabis residing in foreign countries, the Punjab School Education Board is going to start " On line Course in Punjabi Language" from the next academic session, further said the Education Minister adding that the Punjab School Education Board would also provide the facility of " On Line certificate course in Punjabi Language" for the NRIs, desirous of taking examination.
Dr. Cheema was addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stone of the " Dr. Sadhu Singh Hamdard Memorial Municipal Park and Library" at Balachaur on Friday.
Paying rich tributes to the contribution of Dr. Sadhu Singh Hamdard, founder of Ajit Group of Publication, in the field of Punjabi literature and journalism, Dr. Cheema lauded the effort of the "Dr. Sadhu Singh Hamdard Sabhyacharak Club", for setting up a suitable memorial to perpetuate his philosophy. He announced a grant of Rs. 10 lakh for the Library.
Besides promising to release a grant of Rs. 10 lakh for the park, Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra, MP,announced to set up a Gym in the park also.
Chaudhary Nand Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, announced a grant of Rs. 5 lakh.
Dr. Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Chief Editor, Ajit, announced to contribute books, periodicals, newspapers, journals etc. to the library regularly.