Chandigarh: To upgrade infrastructure in colleges and schools of Punjab, the state government has launched a unique initiatives under which anyone who donates a certain amount of money can get name of the educational institute after their close ones.

Under the new initiative, a primary school could be named after one's close ones by donating Rs 10 lakh, a middle school by paying Rs 20 lakh and a senior secondary school by shelling out Rs 25 lakh.

For renaming a college, one will have to cough up Rs 75 lakh.

State Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka said on Wednesday that this decision has been taken after considering the requests of a number of NRIs, who want to get educational institutions named at their respective native places, parents or other dear ones and were willing to donate liberally for up-gradation of educational infrastructure.

The minister appealed the NRIs to come forward to play a proactive role in up-gradation of education infrastructure in the state and make Punjab a front-runner in the field of education in the country, an official release said here quoting him.

Earlier, Maluka on Wednesday approved the naming of a government high school in Hardokhanpur village in Hoshiarpur as Rukmani Devi Government High School after liberal donation was made by a Toronto-based NRI for the school.


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