Srinagar, Jan 21: Almost a month into the class work at the coaching centres, the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) sends them the list of needy and orphan students supposed to be enrolled under the 10 per cent free quota.
In the first place, the DSEK delayed the circular asking the coaching centres to set aside 10 per cent quota for the needy students after they had started classes in early December.
With the DSEK issuing the very first list of the needy students on December 26 and the last one on January 8, the students under the quota told The Kashmir Monitor they have lost a crucial period.
An aggrieved student preparing for a competitive examination at the national level said, “The directorate delayed publishing the list inordinately and made miss a crucial period for studies.”
“I even approached the DSEK to expedite the process, but to no avail.”
He said the coaching centre he was finally asked to join refused to entertain him without a recommendation letter from the DSEK.
“We do not know about the list,” surprised brother of a student from Bandipora, said.
While the girl figures in the list recommended by the DSEK to a coaching centre recently, her brother said the directorate has not yet informed them.
Applying at the DSEK immediately after the circular “a month ago” as per the girl’s brother, “They told us that they would inform us about the list, but till date they have not.”
Accusing the DSEK of “playing a joke” with the destitute students, several coaching centres termed the DSEK’s handling of the special quota “ill-planned”.
“If they were really serious about the initiative, they shall have issued the list before the classes at the centres started,” a teacher at a leading coaching centre here said.
“The students are suffering. We have started the course in the first week of December. The DSEK sent us the first list in December ending and they are still issuing the lists. They are playing a joke with the students and the coaching centres as well.”
“Instead of helping the students, it would have a counter effect on the students. What would a student understand joining the classes late by a month?” the teacher remarked.
Another teacher added: “We started a 3-month crash course for the students appearing for competitive exams in early December. One month is already over. How does the coaching help a student who joins now?”
The coaching centres said that the DSEK might issue more lists of the students under the quota in the coming days.
Director School Education Kashmir, G N Itoo, could not be contacted for comments.
3 militants killed in Anantnag gunfight
SRINAGAR: Three militants were killed on Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said.
The encounter broke out at Pazalpora area in Anantnag on a specific intelligence provided by the district police.
Governor chairs Ist meeting of Jammu Cluster University Council
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 15: Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chancellor of the Cluster University of Jammu, today chaired the first meeting of the University Council here at the Raj Bhavan.
Advisor to Governor, Khurshid A. Ganai, Pro-Chancellor was also present in the meeting.
While taking overview of the activities of the Cluster University, the Chancellor and Advisor called for creation of University’s own campus with the establishment of schools of excellence. At the outset, the Chancellor stressed that the Cluster Universities are created with the vision to have a strong commitment to nurturing collegiality and leading collaboratively with unremitting dedication to improve transparency and efficiency. He further said that the Cluster University inherits an academic mission whose goals are lofty, yet firmly grounded in an ethos of dynamism and academic responsibility and the mission is to create a community of lifelong learners that fosters Research, Development, Quality, Innovation, experimental learning, community engagements, academic leadership and administrative support.
The Members made several tangible suggestions to make the Cluster University Jammu a real hub of educational activities. They said that Cluster University is a new concept in Jammu and Kashmir and it needs to be empowered so that it becomes choice of students over other Universities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Prof Anju Bhasin, Vice-Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu made a detailed presentation on the activities and various initiatives taken by the University. The presentation focused on the functioning of the administrative, academic, financial, examination, evaluation and other sectors. She also reported the status of student enrolment in the University, and measures for the development of students and faculty.
Listing some achievements by the University, the VC apprised that 12 new 5 year integrated courses, Honours programme in each of the colleges at UG level and new self-financing innovative, cross disciplinary skill based courses have been introduced. She further highlighted the important reforms introduced by the University which includes Academic Calendar defined for year-1, year-2 and year 3, flexibility to students to choose elective courses, admissions through centralized process, holding of examination in time-bound manner etc.
Financial Commissioner Finance (Financial Advisor Universities), Dr. A.K. Mehta, Financial Commissioner to Governor, Umang Narula, VC, Cluster University of Srinagar, Prof. Sheikh Javid Ahmed, VC, Jammu University, Prof. Manoj Kumar Dhar, Secretary Higher Education, Talat Parvez Rohella, Dean Faculty of Education, Prof. M.A. Lone, Dean Academic Affairs, Prof. Poonam Dhawan, Dr. Jatinder Khajuria, Registrar Member-Secretary, Prof. Anil Gupta, Principal S.P.M.R College of Commerce, Jammu, Prof. Sangeeta Nagri, Principal, College of Education, Jammu, Prof. Koushal Smotra, Principal, GGM Science College, Jammu and Prof. Ravinder Tickoo, Principal, GCW, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu attended the meeting.
Centre mulling political initiative in Kashmir
Srinagar, Oct 15: After restoring mobile phone connectivity in the Valley on Monday, the Jammu and Kashmir administration is now working on a mechanism to initiate political engagement which is likely to involve mainstream political parties.
The move is expected to lead to the release of more political leaders from detention though a decision releasing former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti is not on the table yet, Indian Express reported on Tuesday.
Quoting sources, the report said the Centre was keen on beginning political dialogue within the Valley to bridge the trust deficit between the state administration and Kashmiris following the August 5 decision to scrap the state’s special status and bifurcate J&K into Union Territories.
The political mechanism currently under discussion is likely to involve second-rung leaders from regional parties in the Valley to form a political council that can initiate dialogue with people and assuage their fears in the wake of the August 5 decisions, report said.
Part of this council’s mandate is alleviating the sense of alienation and anger in the Valley. Also on the table are certain special provisions that will protect local jobs and the settlement of outsiders in the Valley in order to protect its demographic character and culture.
“Delhi is keen on initiating political engagement. The contours of it are still under discussion. Among the ideas is involvement of the existing political class which as of now does not include the Muftis and the Abdullahs,” the report quoted a senior official privy to the developments.
“Gradual release of significant political actors will be taken in the weeks to come. The Home Minister has already said that statehood will be returned. A decision on who these political actors will be is yet to be taken,” the report added.