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Need to improve quality, standard of education: Adv Ganai

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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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Valley prepares for snow

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Srinagar, Jan 18: With the MeT department’s weather advisory predicting moderate to heavy snowfall from January 19 to 23,The Kashmir Monitor spoke with various people at Lal Chowk to find out how Valley is gearing up for the tough week ahead.

 “I have stockedup grocery items for a week in my home,”  Pedestrian, Basharat Jabeen

 

Keeping in mind, the work would be slow in next few days, I decided to give off to our employees. For home, I have brought extra groceries and necessary food items for children.   Owner, Caliph Restaurant, Mushtaq Ahmad

Apart from grocery items, I brought extra coal and fire wood for heating purposes–Alluchi Bagh resident, Fazal Ahmad

 

Have covered water pipes and hoses with the wool insulations and plastic to ensure running supply of warm/cold water pedestrian.Besides, I have also purchased extra battery for inverteras there is no guarantee of power supply during snowfall.Aquib from Mazhama

 

I purchased extra cooking gas cylinder as an alternative, incase of power supply is not restored immediately. Besides, have also purchased some cough syrups and antibiotics.  Rasiq Manzoor, Sonwar resident

 

 

Brought groceries for a week– Saliq Parvaiz Rangreth resident

 

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Govt keen to tap Ladakh’s immense tourism potential: CS

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Leh, Jan 18: Chief Secretary, B.V.R Subramanyam Friday said that Leh district of frontier Ladakh region possesses immense tourism potential and the Governor’s administration is keen to upgrade its tourism-related infrastructure to attract increased tourist footfall to the region.

The CS made these remarks at a meeting with Executive Councillors of LAHDC, Leh headed by Chairman and CEC, JamyangTseringNamgyal here.

Expressing happiness over the increasing trend of tourist inflow to Leh, touching around 3 lakh mark last season with 50,000 foreigners, the Chief Secretary stressed on LAHDC Leh to work out a master plan for guiding tourism sector towards inclusive and sustainable development of the district.

 

On the occasion, CEC Namgyal thanked Chief Secretary for his intervention in fulfilling long pending demands of Leh district including sanctioning of Cluster University for Ladakh, Khaltse Degree College, filling up of 33 posts of Medical Officers and up-gradation of SNM Hospital from 150 to 300 bed  capacity.

A charter of demand and issues were taken up with Chief Secretary by CEC, Deputy Chairman and Executive Councillors, like inclusion of villages along ALC bordering China in Changthang region under reservation policy for recruitment to various posts, grant of 10% SDA in favour of State Government Employees serving in Leh for which the State Government has in principle agreed.

Besides, special consideration for regularization of casual labours of PWD Circle Leh and PDC Leh in view of the peculiar working condition in the District, inclusion of left out villages in BADP schemes, creation of posts  in LREDA.

They further sought creation of separate Hydraulic PWD Circle, Leh and three more Hydraulic Special Sub Divisions, creation of 124 posts of Bhoti  and Arabic  teachers, up-gradation of PHCs of Nyoma and Khaltse  to SDH, creation of posts for Nubra Development Authority,  PRC signing authority for Khaltsi and Liker Sub Divisions, financial support for organic project of Leh district and release of funds from higher education to EJM College Leh, establishment of Ice Hockey Academy at Leh.

Responding to the demands, the Chief Secretary assured to give due consideration to all the projected demands.

Principal Secretary, Planning & Development RohitKansal, Deputy Chairman Gyal P Wangyal, Executive Councilor for Agriculture, PhuntsogStanzin, Executive Councilor for Health TseringSandup and DC/CEO, LAHDC, Leh AvnyLavasa were also present in the meeting.

 

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Hurriyat (g) protest against prolonged detention of Hurriyat leaders

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Srinagar, Jan 18: Hurriyat (g) Conference leaders and activists on Friday held peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers in Hyderpora about the prolonged detention and the “ill-treatment” meted out to Hurriyat leaders especially deteriorating health condition of Hurriyat leader Peer Saifullah in Tihar jail.

In a statement issued to the media, the spokesman said that Hurriyat Conference leaders and activists including Abdul Ahad Parra, Bilal Sidiqui, Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Mohammad Yasin Ataie, Syed Mohammad Shafi, Khawaja Firdous, Mohammad Maqbool Magami, Arshid Aziz, Mubashir Iqbal, Showkat Ahmad Khan, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Rameez Raja, Abdul Hameed Elahi and Abdul Rashid Lone organized a peaceful protest at Hyderpora Srinagar against the inhuman attitude meted out towards the political prisoners in and outside state especially in Tihar Jail.

Hurriyat leaders while condemning the pro-long detention of political prisoners said that suppressing even the pro-freedom voice and curbing their peaceful activities is no bravery but shameful, which government itself is responsible for the consequences.

 

While demanding the immediate release of all political prisoners including leaders lodged in and outside state particularly in Tihar Jail include Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Asia Indrabi, Nahida Nasreen, Fehmeeda Sofi. Hurriyat leaders said that by pushing people to wall Delhi will achieve nothing; they should face the political leaders and workers on political turf.

Hurriyat Leaders appealed Amnesty International, Asia Watch, and other international organization for human rights to break the silence and take cognizance of the plight of people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and urged to fulfil their obligations in accordance with human rights specified for the political prisoners.

Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyat Conference has strongly condemned the raids on the houses of Muslim League leader Rafiq Ahmad Ganie and political activist Sabzar Ahmad of ArinhalBijbihara and said that Jammu and Kashmir have been turned into a police state, where political leaders and activists are regularly harassed by the men in uniform.

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