RAWALPINDI, Dec. 16: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has formulated a well-designed mechanism to promote a culture of books-reading in the students, mostly belonging to poor and deprived families, to help enhance the intellectual ken of the students. Another purpose is to revitalize the latent potentials of the students’ community so that it could be developed as confident & able leaders of tomorrow to steer the country to progress and prosperity. This was stated by Chairman Punjab Education Foundation, Raja Muhammad Anwar while addressing the library books distribution ceremony held at PEF Regional Office, Rawalpindi on Friday. Principals and owners of PEF partner schools in Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Mianwali, Khushab and other districts attended the ceremony. Giving a detail of Punjab Government’s initiatives for the promotion of education on modern lines, he informed that a cumulative sum of Rs. 117 billion was being spent on the educational sector during the current fiscal year alone. “We believe that modern educational system will help to achieve the goal of Millennium Development Goals by 2015.” He informed that technical education has been introduced in 1080 public sector high schools with a sum of Rs.315 million, adding that science labs of one thousand high schools have also been up-graded with a grant of Rs. One billion. Punjab Government has also converted all government schools in the districts of Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan to English medium to improve the academic standards of these institutions. Maintaining that modern-day education was not limited to reading text books, Raja Anwar said that PEF was committed to improve the academic standards of its partner schools through various holistic reforms including provision of free library books, computers and teachers training programs. He further said that PEF was giving free education to about two lakh poor & deserving students of 210 schools in the northern region of the province through public private partnership. PEF Regional Coordinator, Syed Naveed Abbas also addressed the function and highlighted the performance of northern region.Later, he distributed books among the schools’ Principals.