JAMMU, JAN 21: Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today asked the teaching fraternity to provide quality education and inculcate moral values in students so that they become responsible citizens of the country.
The Minister said this while addressing a large gathering of all heads of private schools during the 2nd State Level Conference held at Teacher Bhawan, here today.
Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment Choudhary Lal Singh, Minister of State for Education, Tourism and Culture Priya Sethi besides Secretary School Education Farooq Ahmed Shah, Chairperson Board of School Education Veena Pandita, Director School Education Jammu Ravinder Singh and representatives of Private School Associations were present on the occasion.
Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said that Government has decided to introduce music and fine arts subject at Higher Secondary level in addition to string of reforms to improve the school education at all levels with special focus on improvement of elementary education. He said that special focus has been laid on introduction of new range of subjects to make school education more vibrant and broad-based.
Responding to the issues projected by the representatives of the private schools, the Minister said that Government is serious in solving the issues of private schools. He said that private schools have a key role in education system and Government is making all out efforts to provide full support to the schools.
In his address, Choudhary Lal Singh said that the government has taken various initiatives to revive education sector across the State and is upgrading infrastructure in various schools so that students get benefitted. He asked the teaching fraternity to provide quality education to the students adding that they are the main architect in shaping the personality of the students.
The Minister further said that it is firm commitment of the government to ensure that this vital sector gets a fillip in all aspects as it forms the basis of a strong nation. He exhorted upon the school authorities to make sure that their institution serves as a vibrant center of excellence.
Appreciating role of private schools in spreading education, Choudhary Lal Singh said the private education institutes have done commendable job in providing quality education in the state and some of the institutes have made their name in spreading the light of education.
“We appreciate the role of private schools and call upon them to adopt underprivileged children of their areas so that those living below the poverty line can also get access to good quality education,” he added.
Minister of State for Education, Culture and Tourism Priya Sethi said that Government is keen to provide better education for which a comprehensive plan has been formulated to improve the education standard in the state. She said that Government is making all out efforts to improve education scenario across the State with quality education and latest techniques and infrastructural facilities. She said that education sector has played vital role in shaping the personality of the nation builders.
The Minister said the Government has brought reforms to improve the education delivery system as well as opening of opportunities for perusing education, adding that the concept of remedial classes at evening is one such step taken by the Government to give education aspirants a chance to peruse education at their convenience.
People of Anantnag will defeat deceptive policies of BJP, PDP, others: Congress
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.
Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark
‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’
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.”
PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir
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.