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Srinagar, Sept 26: Stressing for quality education, Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai Wednesday said desired outcomes in education sector could only be achieved after the standard of education is radically improved.

The Advisor Ganai expressed these views in an annual day function of Amira Kadal, Higher Secondary School, organized here at Tagore Hall.

The function organized in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Language was attended by Chairperson, JK Board of School Education Veena Pandita, Director School Education Kashmir G N Itoo, State Project Director SAMAGRA Shiksha Tufail Mattoo, Secretary Cultural Academy, Aziz Hajni and other concerned officers.

 

Reflecting on quality of specific subjects taught in the schools, the Advisor said over the period of time, the quality of teaching subjects primarily Science and Mathematics has enigmatically gone down. He said the trend needs to be restrained and it could only be achieved with a conscious effort from various stakeholders, especially teachers, academicians, intellectuals, and of course the Education Department.

Appreciating the value of holding annual events, the Advisor said such type of functions is necessary as they greatly boost the confidence of performing students, besides providing them with the requisite platform to express themselves. He urged the concerned to prepare an “incentive scheme” under which certain amount could be provided to each school for organizing such type of functions.

Emphasizing on the need to adopt innovative ways for creating funds for public educational institutions, Ganai said generally the institutions’ bank on Government to carry out various works, including infra-development to other social or academic activities in their institutes. However, it would be better that instead of relying on others, the stress is laid on “self-reliance”, the Ganai said.

He said that the Government is working to develop such type of mechanism for the schools and colleges, and creating an “alumni fund”, in each school is a step in the same direction.

Deliberating on the issue, the Advisor said Government may formulate a mechanism with which alumni of the specific school or college can contribute to the school or college, which could be used for the same institution. He said initially the fund may be with Directorate, but after developing a proper mechanism it could be transferred to the designated institute.

He said that in this regard a transparent system needs to be created, where every fund will be marked and registered so that the person who transfers the money knows what has happened to his transferred amount.

Urging teachers, students to work for better future, the Advisor said the world is moving into fourth industrial revolution and by staying updated and adapting the new technologies like 3-D printing, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analysis, the lives of people could really become easy and comfortable.

He said some technology like autonomous vehicles like driverless cars, or drones are already in vogue in some countries and soon they will become part of everyone’s life.

The Advisor added that a decade later, every house may have a robot to do domestic chores, which will greatly help the working women as it is quite cumbersome for them to slog out first at work and then do their house chores as well.

He said, therefore, it is important that everyone embraces the technology rather than ignoring it.  

Later on, Advisor awarded Rs 25,000 to a qawali group as a token of appreciation for their phenomenal performance, and also distributed certificates among meritorious students.


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People of Anantnag will defeat deceptive policies of BJP, PDP, others: Congress

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Srinagar, April 22: Asserting that people of Anantnag will defeat the divisive and wrong policies of Modi and Muftis in present elections, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has reiterated its appeal to people to ensure the defeat of deceptive policies on the part of PDP-BJP.

In a statement the Party spokesperson has expressed confidence that people of Anantnag will vote in large numbers against “divisive and wrong policies” adopted by PM Narinder Modi, Muftis and others, who were hell bent upon to divide people for electoral gains, but, at some time, he felt confident that they (people) have realized  how much damage has been caused to Jammu and Kashmir state in every respect by PDP-BJP unholy alliance to serve their vested interests.

Time has come to respond to their opportunist and divisive policies by ensuring their defeat in the elections, as that, will ensure peace and development in the State, Spokesperson said.

 

I would appeal the people of entire Anantnag to cast their vote in favour of Congress Party in large numbers to ensure that Communal, divisive and opportunist forces were defeated miserably.

Both PDP and BJP owe an explanation to people for betraying them and playing with their emotions for the sake of coming into the power, the spokesperson added and said the defeat of PDP-BJP in the present elections will be an appropriate response to their opportunism, exploitation and betrayal, Spokesperson said.

He said Congress Party will not allow PDP, BJP or any other political force to play with the sentiments of people for political mileage and is fully capable to defeat their designs. Congress Party has always taken care of urges and aspirations of the people in all the three regions and is fully committed to ensuring equitable development of J&K.

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Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark

‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’

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Srinagar, April 22: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept its for Eid.

During a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer Sunday, Modi had said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.

“Otherwise every other day Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya),” he asserted.

 

Mufti tweeted, “If India hasn’t kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it’s obvious Pakistan’s not kept theirs for Eid either. Don’t know why PM Modi must stoop so low & reduce political discourse to this.”

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PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir

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Srinagar, April 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday demanded adequate number of exam centres for NEET aspirants in Kashmir so that the hardships they face by traveling outside Valley are avoided.

In a statement issued to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that in view of the highway ban, inclement weather, dilapidated condition of national highway and sky rocketing airfares, the NEET aspirants are made to face immense hardships for appearing in the exams.

Hanjura said that keeping in view the predicament being witnessed by the student community at large in Kashmir Valley; it is high time for the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allot more number of NEET exam centres in Kashmir Valley so that without any hindrance Kashmiri students could appear in the exams.

 
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