Ludhiana, May 24,2001
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today called upon social and religious organisations engaged in running educational institutions in the state to lay main stress on introduction of the latest Information Technology (IT) and computer-based job-oriented education in their institutions so that “our coming generation could become computer literate and compete at the international level.”
He was addressing a largely attended religious congregation, organised to celebrate the 54th birth anniversary of Swami Lal Das Ji Bhuriwale at Bhuriwale Ashram at Rakba village, about 25 km from Ludhiana.
Mr Badal said that in Punjab saints as well as other social and religious organisations were contributing in a big way for the promotion of education in the rural and urban areas and these institutions were giving excellent results in the field of quality education. “It was not possible for the government alone to provide better health and education facilities to the fast-increasing population. Therefore, the need of the hour is to achieve better coordination between government and private bodies to make the education completely job oriented.” He said the present system of education was unable to produce properly trained professionals, which was the main requirement of the modern industry and the multi-national companies at national and international level. The Punjab government had involved international-level companies engaged in computer and information technology training to provide computer based education to the students at school and college levels.
Appreciating the efforts of Swami Bhrama Nand Ji, who was running a large number of educational institutions, including five degree colleges, two public schools, besides a good hospital, Mr Badal said that Bhuriwale sect had been preaching high moral values, peace and mutual brotherhood among the society and their followers were educating the people to eradicate social evils, which was the main need of the present time.
The Chief Minister exhorted the people to rededicate themselves for the cause of nation building and strengthening social fibre. Referring to the demands, the Chief Minister assured that the required road would be constructed and proper arrangements for drainage of sullage water in the village would be made at the earliest.
Addressing the function, Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi, president, SGPC, said that the Sant Bhuriwale sect had been making great service to society in the fields of rural development, education and health facilities. He said that Swami Brahma Nand Ji had been creating awareness among the people and educating the people to adopt “our ancient religious and moral values, preached by our great Gurus and saints”. The sect, he added, had also made substantial contributions to society in bringing the people out of the false beliefs and to eradicate social evils, including use of intoxicants and dowry.
The present head of the Bhuriwale sect at Rakba village, Swami Meharban ji Maharaj, and Acharya Chetna Anand ji called the people to adopt the principles of selfless service to the suffering humanity, moral values and patience in their lives.
Among others who were present on this occasion were Mr. Tota Singh, Education Minister, Mr. Jagdish Singh Garcha, Technical Education Minister, Mr. Ajit Singh Kohar, Minister for Jails and Justice, Mr. Sadhu Singh Ghudani MLA, Mr. S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Director, MARKFED, Mr. Amarjit Singh Bhatia, vice-president, SAD, Mr. Avtar Singh Makkar, acting district president, SAD-B, Mr. Jagdev Singh Tajpuri, former Minister, Mr. Krishan Kumar Bawa, secretary, PPCC, Mr. Gurmail Singh Sangowal and Bibi Harbans Kaur Sukhana ( both SGPC members).