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.
Jammu airport to function till 9 PM
Jammu, Jan 19: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to extend the watch hours’ upto 9:00 PM at the Jammu Airport.
In a communication to the State Government, AAI has conveyed that it is ready to handle extended ‘watch hours’ operations at Jammu Airport. As and when the airlines submit their flight schedule, AAI will permit these operations.
The extension in the watch hours’ will enable flights to take off and land at the Jammu Airport during the late evening hours thereby increasing the number of flights moving in and out from Jammu.
Presently, the run way watch hours’ for the flights operating at the Airport are from 8 AM to 5 PM.
This decision will provide the much needed boost to various sectors particularly tourism and pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.
The State Government has been repeatedly requesting the Central Government, Ministry of Defence and AAI to extend the watch hours’ at the Srinagar and Jammu Airports to enable late evening flights for the convenience of passengers/tourists.
Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation Department has been asked to liaise with Airport Authorities, security agencies and airlines to work out the modalities for commencement of evening flights from/to Jammu.
Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home
Rajouri: A 44-year-old man from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was killed after being hit with some sharp object in Saudi Arabia, his family said on Saturday.
The poor family has no means to bring the body back home and urged the government of India through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to see that the body is brought to Rajouri for last rites. “We came to know that the body is lying there in a mortuary since the last couple of weeks”.
“Mohammad Khalil Mirza (44) son of Haji Mohammad Azam Mirza of Malhut, Darhal, Rajouri was killed after being hit by some persons with a sharp object at Amaan area of Riyadh where he was working as a labourer,” Mohammad Amin Mirza, brother of the deceased said.
He said that the family lost contact with Khalil from December 22, last month and despite best efforts, the family was unable to find his whereabouts.
“Yesterday a person from Pakistan administered Kashmir called us and informed that Khalil Mirza’s body is lying in a mortuary and he his body was found with an injury in his head,” Amin said.
“We are very poor and we request the government of India especially Minister of external affairs to ensure that body is brought to Rajouri for last rites,” Amin said.
The family also demanded proper investigations and stern punishment to those responsible for his death and provide due compensation to them.
PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC
Srinagar, Jan 19: National president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Keshav Chand Yadav on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra modi has failed to fulfill the promises, he made with the people.
Addressing media persons at JKPCC headquarters on the sidelines of a function organized in connection with Yuwa Kranti Yatra, he said that Narender Modi has done a big mischief in the Rafale deal.
In connivance with Anil Ambani, Modiji has misled people, he said, adding that most of the centrally sponsored schemes have seen misdoings.
He said Modi’s promise of providing jobs to youth in the country has proved to be a mere rhetoric.
“The youth of the country are asking questions for when is Modi going to provide them jobs? The elections are coming nearer, he has limited time. He has assured the country that he would be creating 2 crore jobs for the youth during his tenure,” Keshav said.
Raising concern over farmer suicides, he said that Modi government has been waiving off the loans of industrialists only.
‘The inflation is on rise. People have been suffering. The loans of farmers have not been waived off. They continue to suffer. The prices of petroleum products at the international level were decreased but here, the prices remained unchanged,” he said.
Among others, vice president, IYC Srinivas B Venkatesh and leaders of youth congress were also present.