Jammu, Jan 01: The Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Monday hinted at big announcement for education sector in the coming budget session, while announcing that the government would refer 8700 more teacher vacancies to SSB to be advertised next month in addition to 2154 posts referred already to recruitment agency to meet dearth of staff in government schools.
Addressing teachers, students and senior functionaries of education department here at the annual day function of Government Girls High School Gandhi Nagar, the Minister reiterated government’s resolve to meet the targets set in the rolled-out roadmap to fill critical gaps in infrastructure and staff in the education sector. He said the Education Department is expecting some new initiatives to be announced by the Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu in the Budget 2018-19 for this key sector.
The function was also attended by Speaker Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta and Minister of state for Education and Culture, Priya Sethi, Member Legislative Council, Vikram Randhawa the Secretary School Education, Farooq Ahmed Shah, Director School Education, Jammu, Ravinder Singh, Director RMSA Tufail Mattoo and Director SSA, A R War.
“We are tirelessly working on a well-defined roadmap to revamp education sector in the state which include consolidation of school infrastructure to meet the set standards at different levels and meet the staff strength in which the state still lacking” he asserted. He said that despite critical gaps the school education department and teachers have shown great results in recent past.
However, he took a dig over some political parties for playing politics over certain issues despite not having made much progress while in remaining power for several years.
“I have no hesitation to say that the education sector has been continuously ignored over last seventy years by these people, but despite that they are playing politics whenever the department comes up with new reforms and policies” he regretted.
He said the education department and the teacher fraternity of which he is also a part at the moment is working with full dedication and giving out its best despite limited means in terms of infrastructure and staff.
Applauding the performance of the students, the Minister said time has come to dispel the notion about the government schools and government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is taking every possible step in this direction.
“The performance we have seen today bears testimony that government school students are far more talented than their counterparts in private schools” he said and asked the teachers to prove their strength as they are the best by all means.
He said of late, the government schools are doing fairly well in all fields and government would continue to encourage them by holding more such events in future.
He also applauded the teacher fraternity for putting up their best efforts to prepare students to face competitions. “We may not have uniform infrastructure in all Government schools, but our strength is our teachers which have no match in qualification and competence” he said and called upon them to put in more efforts to realize the goal of taking the education standard in government schools to new heights. He said government’s goal is to attract maximum enrollment and for that the teachers have to put in more efforts.
How can PSA be slapped against Farooq Abdullah: Hasnain Masoodi
How can PSA or Public Safety Act be slapped against National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah who has been in public life for 50 years, someone who has been an MP, and a three time Chief Minister, asks National Conference MP Justice Hasnain Masoodi in an interview with IANS.
“Dr Abdullah has put forth the Kashmir case for India before the international fora. Can he be a risk to the public order and security of the state? Nobody will agree to this,” Justice Masoodi said.
Justice Hasnain Masoodi and his fellow National Conference MP Akbar Lone, who held a meeting with Dr Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah last week said that Farooq Abdullah is not keeping good health, while Omar Abdullah is in good spirits.
“Dr Farooq Abdullah has some health issues. On August 3, there were some concerns about his health. His health may not be worse as compared to the first week of August, but he is not keeping good health. Omar Abdullah is in good spirits,” Justice Hasnain Masoodi said.
Justice Hasnain Masoodi said that the revocation of Article 370 is neither in favour of the state nor the country.
“The scrapping of this Article will widen the gulf between Kashmir and the rest of the country,” Masoodi said.
He said there has been no significant improvement in the situation in Kashmir since August 5, when the article was scrapped and this is drawing international attention.
“Things are the same in Kashmir, though some public transport is plying, mobile phone service continue to remain blocked. There is an information blockade. Landlines have been opened up, but because of the shift to the digital world, most people have disconnected their landlines,” Justice Masoodi said.
JK police announces vacancies to recruit 1,350 female constables
Srinagar : The Jammu and Kashmir Police will raise 1,350 vacancies for the inducting constables in two women battalions.
“The recruitment will be made for a total number of 1,350 vacancies in 2 women battalions distributed as per guidelines of Ministry of Home Affairs, 60 per cent equally for border districts of Jammu and Kashmir and 40 per cent equally for other districts,” J-K Police said in an advertisement notification for the vacancies. The candidates should not be below 18 years and above 28 years in age. They will go through a physical standard test (PST) and written examination consisting of objective questions, it said.
The candidates can fill up an online application form or use the services of common service centres to apply for the post with a payment of Rs 300. The last date for submission of online application form shall be 30 days after the activation of the link which will be notified separately on Jammu and Kashmir police website. The advertisement for the recruitment of constables in women battalions was issued on March 9.
Four soldiers injured as Pak violates ceasefire in Poonch
Jammu, September 16: Four Army personnel suffered minor splinter injuries in mortar shelling by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said on Monday.
“Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and intense shelling with mortars in Balakote area of Mendhar sector around 2230 hours on Sunday,” Army public relations officer Lt Col Devender Anand said.
“Indian army retaliated befittingly. Indian troopers suffered minor injuries in the Pakistani shelling and the injured have been evacuated to hospital where they are under treatment,” he said in a statement.
Officials said an Army column was on an ambush duty near the LoC when two mortar shells exploded near them around 12.30 am, causing injuries to at least four of them.
The condition of the injured is said to be stable, the officials said.