By Irshad Khan
Srinagar, Apr 11: In view of the students’ protests in the valley schools of late and in line with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005, the School Education Department has framed an academic calendar for the schools in Kashmir.
The calendar, which is “awaiting concurrence” from the General Administration Department (GAD), has envisaged at least 200 working days in the schools in Kashmir, a top official in the School Education Department told The Kashmir Monitor.
The academic calendar, the official said, has proposed to minimize the number of holidays “barring Sundays” and hold “remedial classes” for the students to compensate the lost time of the students’ studies. “It is our duty to give the students 200 days of learning- teaching outcome. In principle, we have taken a decision in the School Education Department to have a separate education calendar, but we need to have the concurrence from the GAD,” the official said.
For the concurrence, the official said, “We just need to write a letter to them over the matter”. Schools in the valley, the official lamented, “have opened for a period of 10 or 12 days” in the current academic session, which, as per him, was “having an adverse impact” on the students.
“See, there is NCF-2005 as per which we should have 200 working days minus vacations in an academic year… As you know because of the present law and order situation adversely affecting our schools and forcing their closure, we have tried to devise an academic calendar,” the official said.
He said that if the schools in the valley remain closed on a day due to a shutdown, “we would conduct classes the following holiday barring Sunday”.
“But we have to take the concurrence of the GAD, because it is the GAD that notifies the list of holidays,” he said.
Once the GAD conveys its concurrence, the official said, “We would be able to (officially) notify the calendar in which we ensure that 200 days of teaching learning outcome are carried out in all the schools in the state including private schools.”
“We need to have out of box solutions to complete the syllabi and courses otherwise our schools would suffer in Kashmir division. Hopefully we would be able to achieve the set targets,” the official added.
The remedial classes proposed in the academic calendar would be conducted “during school hours” as per the official Over the students’ protests in the schools of late, the official said,
“Law and order is not my forte to comment on. We want that the schools should remain open. The situation is going on for the last so many years. And every time the School Education Department has found a solution. Students have excelled despite so many impediments.”
The official said that it was “the moral obligation of the School Education Department to follow the NCF regulations in letter and spirit”.
The academic calendar, which would be issued “shortly”, has even envisaged “conducting classes in the schools on Sundays as well,” another top rung official in the School Education Department said.
He said that the remedial classes in the current academic session would be “scaled up as compared to last year”.
Apart from being necessitated by the prevailing situation, the official said that the remedial classes were “otherwise required also”.
“They would also help for the outcomes of the National Achievement Survey (NAS) in which the state is falling short,” he said.
The official however said that the academic calendar was being devised for schools across the state.
“While we already have the calendar proposed for Kashmir, it is being synchronised for Jammu also as it has a different academic session as compared to Kashmir,” he added.
Dearth of NEET SS centres in Kashmir: Candidates in fix, urge Guv to intervene
Srinagar, May 23: Hundreds of doctors appearing in the upcoming National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Super Speciality (NEET SS) examinations from Kashmir are in a fix as the dearth of examination centres in the valley will force them to choose a centre outside the region or state.
NEET SS 2019 is a Super Speciality national-level exam being conducted by National Board of Examinations to offer admission in DM/MCh courses.
The exam is scheduled on 28 June in online mode and the registration has already started from 8 May.
The candidates from Kashmir, however, are unhappy by the “lackadaisical attitude” of the authorities in failing to get sufficient number of examination centres allotted to the valley.
A doctor who is appearing in the exam said that last year almost 90 percent of the candidates were accommodated in examination centres in Kashmir but this time hardly 15 percent have been allotted valley-based centres.
“They have allotted only one centre for DM/MCh candidates here. Not more than 15 percent have got the examination centre in the valley. Majority of the candidates will have to travel outside the valley to sit in the exams,” the doctor said wishing not to be quoted by name.
He added that as most of these candidates are working in the various hospitals of the valley, they will have to take at least three days’ leave to travel out of Kashmir and sit in the exams.
“As a result, the hospitals will face a deficiency of staff,” he said.
The doctor appealed the J&K Governor to take up the issue with the NEET SS organisers.
Last week, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) too had taken note of this concern and had urged Governor Satya Pal Malik to take up the matter with the appropriate authorities.
“It is very unfortunate that every time we are made to beg to authorities to get sufficient number of examination centres to Kashmir so that our candidates are not made to suffer but it seems that our demands are falling to deaf ears,” Dr Suhail Naik, president DAK had said in a statement.
Atul Dulloo, Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education told The Kashmir Monitor that the doctors “should have informed the authorities about it when they were applying for the courses.”
“Now, they are coming up at the eleventh hour. We will still raise the issue with the concerned authorities and see what can be done,” he said.
City areas waterlogged, again; SMC, works dept in slumber
Srinagar, May 23: Once again a short-spell of rain submerged several city roads, exposing the faulty drainage system in Srinagar.
As predicted by the local meteorological department, the majority of the plains in Kashmir, Thursday witnessed a heavy downpour.
Soon, roads in Srinagar including the city-centre Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas were clogged with rainwater as the drainage system gave up within an hour or so of the rainfall.
Neither Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) nor Public Works Department has, in recent years, been able to resolve the issue which, time and again causes inconvenience to commuters and the business community.
Apart from Lal Chowk and its surrounding areas, those that witnessed water-logging included Karanagar, Nawabazar, Jahangir Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Gogji Bagh, Bemina, Mehjoor Nagar, Residency Road, Hazuri Bagh, Rambagh, Shalteng, and Batamaloo.
Pedestrians were seen saving their clothes from water splashed on them whenever any vehicles drove through the flooded roads.
Abdul Ahad, a pedestrian while walking near Hari Singh High Street was so annoyed that he started abusing the authorities for failing to permanently resolve the public issue.
Bikers were seen holding up their legs while driving through several inches of water on the intersection between Residency Road and MA Road here.
Rains had also made driving dangerous as the depth of water-filled potholes was impossible to predict for the motorists.
The overall public movement in the city was hindered to a large extent.
No employee of SMC or the Works Department was seen on the field.
Even after repeated attempts to contact them, no officer from SMC or Works Department was available for their comments.
In February, the then Executive Engineer Drainage, SMC, Muzaffar Kakroo had claimed to complete 80% of drainage infrastructure.
He had even said that “complete infrastructure of drainage system across Srinagar along with the water disposal infrastructure will be completed in the month of May-August 2019.”
Seeing the state of drainage on Thursday, it was safe to say that the same had not been achieved.
Mir lauds NC for winning all three seats in Kashmir
Srinagar, May 23: Reacting to the poll outcome of just concluded Parliamentary Elections 2019, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir hailed the rank and file of Congress Party for working tirelessly in just concluded 2019 elections and accepted the peoples’ verdict.
Mir also lauded NC for winning all three Lok Sabha Seats in Kashmir valley.
In a statement issued, the JKPCC President G.A. Mir has hailed the rank and file of Congress Party for fighting the 2019 Parliamentary Elections with great enthusiasm and said Congress cadres across the State fought well and they deserve all applause. Mir also thanked the people for voting in favour of Congress Party especially in South Kashmir who despite the unfavourable situation exercised their franchise adding that he accepts the peoples’ verdict with humility and respect.
“These elections were fight between the secular and communal forces in the country in which Congress party fought with great vigor and vitality, it will continue its fight against communal, fascist forces and their agenda,” Mir said. He said that Congress party will also continue to remain steadfast to serve the people to the best of its ability, besides ensuring equitable development of all the three regions of the JK.
Am happy that PC is second highest voter taker in Valley: Sajad
Monitor News Bureau
Srinagar, May 23: People’s Conference president Sajad Lone has congratulated Narendra Modi for his historic second term and also thanked the voters who voted for PC.
He said that he was happy that PC has got second highest votes in the Valley.
“I thank all those who came out and voted. Win and loss r two sides of the same coin. M happy that PC is the second highest vote getter in the valley.”
“Congratulation to @narendramodi for a historic second term.” (
Altaf Bukhari congratulates Farooq Abdullah for his win
Srinagar, May 23: Former finance minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Thursday congratulated the National Conference especially its president Dr Farooq Abdullah for winning Lok Sabha elections. Bukhari also extended felicitations to Narendra Modi and BJP leadership for achieving a historic mandate on the second consecutive time in the country.
In a statement issued here, Bukhari observed: “We must respect peoples verdict. There is yearning for change in Jammu and Kashmir. It is time for other parties to introspect for their dismal performance.”
He said the poll results in Kashmir indicate the electorate’s desire for a change. “For BJP leadership my earnest appeal would be to review its policies and try to reach out to the bruised psyche of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he remarked.