The Captain Amarinder Singh-led government in Punjab has announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery to PhD.
Making the announcement on Monday Capt. Singh said free textbooks will be provided to all students in government schools from the next academic session.
Books will also be made available online from where students can download for free.
He also said that Nursery and LKG classes will be reintroduced in government schools from next year. Fulfilling another election promise Singh also announced free WI-FI for 13,000 primary schools and all 48 government colleges.
According to the census of India 2011, the literacy rate in Punjab is 75.84% which is better than the national average of 73.0%. The total number of literates in Punjab is 1,87,07,137. The male literacy rate is 80.44% and female literacy rate is 70.73%.