Preparatory schools a right step to empower Pb girls: Badal

Parkash Singh Badal

Mohali (Pb), Underscoring the need for making the youth, especially girls more skillful, competent and employable, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said a variety of training institutes opened in the state is a right step in this direction.

Presiding over the first governing body meeting of ‘Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute’ here, the Chief Minister said this premier centre was opened in 2015 with a mission to provide necessary training to eligible girls of the state who wish to join as officers in the armed forces.

Badal said this centre is first of its kind residential institute in the country, where girls can join after 10+2.

The Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute in Mohali (MBAFPI) was christened after the valiant 18th Century woman warrior who battled the Mughal armies alongside the Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.

The institute envisages a three-year undergraduate programme wherein, besides pursuing academics, students are equipped with skills required to become officers in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

The institute is a counterpart to ‘Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute’ for men, which is also located in Mohali, outside Chandigarh.