Jammu, Dec 18: Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai Tuesday chaired a meeting to review the functioning of Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (JKBOSE) with special emphasis on framing of curriculum and content of textbooks published by it.
The meeting was attended by Chairperson JKBOSE Prof Veena Pandita, Secretary School Education Ajit Kumar Sahu, Director School Education Department Jammu Anuradha Gupta, Secretary JKBOSE Riyaz Ahmad, State Project Director Samagra Shiksha Tufail Matto, CEO Jammu J K Sudan, Members of Academic Committee Prof. Rakesh Gupta, Shafqat Chib, Rajni Kotwal, and other senior officers of School Education and JKBOSE.
The meeting was informed that the JKBOSE has introduced regional languages viz Dogri, Gojri, Pahari, Kashmiri, Punjabi and Bhoti as optional subjects from Ist standard.
Further, it was informed that JKBOSE has introduced various frontline subjects like Bio-Technology, Information Practices, Computer Science, Bio-Chemistry, Functional English, Applied Mathematics, Entrepreneurship, Tour Travel and Hotel Management, Microbiology, Public Administration etc at +2 level.
The Advisor appreciated the initiatives taken by JKBOSE in developing the textual material as per national standards. He also highlighted the importance of Regional languages at the elementary and secondary level.
He directed for formulating an Academic Committee which will work for the formulation of policy regarding the regional languages at School level and its implementation in letter and spirit from class 5th onwards. He asked to include science concept and general topics in regional language books.
He also emphasized that NCERT textbooks should be made as the base for developing the textual material by JKBOSE.
Reviewing the content produced by the Board, the Advisor said the books prepared and published should be able to connect a student with latest market trends. He also directed the concerned to ensure flawless, quality and eye-catching printing of textbooks.
He said that the present era being the age of computers should be introduced as one of the compulsory subjects at some stage of school level as per the convenience of the students.
Secretary School Education AK Sahualso suggested for computer-aided learning so as to acquaint the students with the basics of computer language.
The Advisor asked the Secretary School Education Department to constitute an Expert Committee to look into the issues pertaining to the teaching of Mathematics and come up with a comprehensive plan of action for capacity building of the teachers.
He directed that vocational education, simple mathematics and science in place of General Mathematics should be an option for low performing students at secondary and higher secondarylevels.
He directed Samagra Shiksha and SIE authorities to intensify teachers training on modern lines by using the new methodology and latest technology so that the master trainers could propagate the same quality down the line. He further asked to start the exercise of telecasting and uploading the subject based lectures of best resource persons on the television and website for the convenience of students.
Ganai also directed Director School Education Jammu to provide Urdu teachers in District Jammu, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur so that students of these areas may be able to read the official language of the State.
He appreciated the Chairperson for her efforts in streamlining the curriculum and advised her to improve more for the benefit of the student community.
Delhi obsessed with Kashmiri Pandits, silent about Kashmir massacres: Rasheed
Srinagar, Jan 21: Paying rich tributes to the “martyrs” of Gawkadal massacre on their 28th anniversary, AIP President Er Rasheed said that Delhi and its institutions have failed to kill, humiliate and deny justice to Kashmiris has become the permanent interpretation of “nationalism and patriotism”.
In a statement issued here, Rasheed said that national media, politicians and a section of “pseudo-intellectuals with a communal mindset” have been often calling few unfortunate killings of Kashmiri Pandits at the hands of unknown persons as “genocide” but don’t speak even a word on Gawkadal massacre and other worst massacres which took place in every area of Kashmir at the hands of men in uniform.
The huge sacrifices offered by Kashmiris deserve a response within India and at the international level. The state has used its institutions and huge propaganda machinery to mislead the world community and create confusions about what Kashmiris stand for. The Gawkadal massacre reminds Delhi and the world community that after 29 years, the will, commitment and desire to get Jammu & Kashmir dispute resolved in accordance with UN resolutions have not only deepened but India is finding it difficult day by day to prove its narrative, Rasheed said.
Rasheed added that Kashmiris are not worried about the behaviour of New Delhi and are mature enough to understand that the colonial mind. However, the truth lies on the side of Kashmiris and they cannot compromise on their stand or surrender before the New Delhi.
NHM employees stage protest, demand regularisation
Srinagar, Jan 21: Employees of National Health Mission (NHM) on Monday staged a protest rally in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, demanding regularisation of their services.
Scores of the employees while shouting anti-governmental slogans held a protest rally from Hospital to mini secretariat Bandipora where they provided a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.
The protesting employees said that most of employees working in the department have passed half of the age but were not regularised till date. “Govt must take any action to regularise us now,” one of the protesting employee said.
According to the protesting employees, the government had promised them social security benefits but till date, there were no initiatives taken by the government in this regard.
The protesting employees said that government is violating the guidelines of Supreme Court by not paying the equal pay for equal work, adding that people with the same profession in Delhi and Haryana are being benefited fully but their counterparts in valley are not.
The protesters threatened of more protests if their demands are not fulfilled.
Anantnag’s Kothar residents protest to demand degree college
Srinagar, Jan 21: Scores of residents from Nowgam Kothar village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday staged a protest to express their dismay over government’s indifference and demanded for the establishment of Women’s Degree College in the area.
The residents including the senior citizens of the area assembled here at press enclave in Srinagar and raised slogans in favour of their demand.
Protesters carrying placards read “we want Degree College” and “we want Justice”.
The proposed college was first promised to the Shangus constituency but was later given to Chattisinghpora.
We were sure that the government would announce the college for their area said the protestors.
“In September 2018, when governor administration announced 40 colleges, we started the process. We completed all the formalities and were sure that college would be allotted,” said a protestor Mushtaq Ahamd.
“Our girls are forced to seek admission far from the home, either in colleges at Anantnag or in Srinagar. It is very hectic for them to travel long distances to reach to their colleges. It is not only expensive, but time consuming as well,” another protestor Bashir Ahmad said.
The protestors said that they would launch a full-fledged agitation to ensure that the government sanctions college in their favour.
“We would hit streets regularly to lodge our protest. We urge authorities to allot the college at an earliest or else be prepared for the consequences,” warned Bashir Mir.
“Any law and order problem arising out of our protests would directly be the responsibility of the government if it does not address our genuine concern immediately,” Mir added.
“We did everything that was required as far as official formalities are concerned. We met Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ganie. Later on we even sent the documents to the governor. We fail to understand as to why the authorities have not allotted the college. All the assurances provided to us proved futile,” the protesting residents said.
The Nowgam Kothar area comprises of 1041 households with no degree college. As per the locals, the said area has all the feasibilities required for the establishment of a college including land. “The college was not still allotted to us rather was given to a less feasible area,” the aggrieved protesters said.
Protestors appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik to look into the matter and fulfil their demand at an earliest.