Punjab: 36 Government School Principals To Visit Singapore For Vocational Training

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Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has invited the first group of 36 public school principals to visit Singapore for professional training.

According to the PTI news agency, the principals will take part in a Professional Teacher Training seminar in Singapore from February 6-10.

In a statement by Chief Minister Mann, “Today, the first batch of 36 school principals will travel to Singapore and take part in a five-day training camp there. At the Principals Academy in Singapore, they will learn the latest techniques in the The education”.

The CM said that Punjab will witness the same transformation process as Delhi.

“We have talented teachers. But it was necessary to update them (on the latest teaching techniques), the process of which began today,” Mann said.

“We will also send teachers to Finland. We will send teachers to places where the latest and new ways of teaching to learn are available. We will also raise an outlay for education in the next state budget,” he said.

Furthermore, the Punjab cabinet gave the green light for the implementation of a state plan to convert public schools into ‘Schools of Eminence’.

These Eminence Schools will serve as centers of excellence equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the statement says, adding that in the initial phase, the scheme will be implemented in 117 schools.

The Punjab Cabinet also approved $Rs 74.75 crore to the relevant implementing agency for the remaining construction work of the Shahpur Kandi Dam Project.

He also gave his approval to send the case for special referral to the convicts being held in the Punjab jails in the second phase to commemorate the 75th Diwali.

Separately, the Punjab government on Friday approved the state’s new industrial policy which has infrastructure, energy and MSMEs as its key focus areas and a host of incentives for various sectors.

The new industrial and business development policy 2022 will take effect from October 17, 2022, the date on which the validity period of the previous policy ended, and the new policy will be valid for five years.

The new policy is based on the creation of a favorable environment for industries and companies for balanced economic growth, job creation and the general development of the state.

The new policy is structured around key strategic areas: infrastructure, energy, MSMEs, large companies, innovation, start-up and entrepreneurship, skills development, ease of doing business, tax and non-tax incentives, export promotion logistics, stakeholder engagement and grievance redress, said an official statement here.

Under the policy, the state will develop 15 industrial parks covering the general and sector-specific requirements of various industry sectors and 20 rural clusters across the state.

The state will also allow the creation of country-specific integrated industrial municipalities to attract investment by enabling infrastructure and other country regulations.

The policy also provides for an investment subsidy through net SGST reimbursement up to 200% of the FCI over a period of 7 to 15 years.

In order to give a boost to the MSME sector, the state under the new policy will establish MSME Punjab, a dedicated wing of the Department of Industries and Commerce with a focus on creating a technology hub and common facilities.

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