Three IT giants innovate to save Kashmir education

Three IT majors – Microsoft, Tech Avant-Garde and Efee Online – have come together to help Kashmiri students to make up for their academic losses due to frequent shutdowns and curfews in the insurgency-ravaged state. The three firms have partnered with the Private Schools Association of Kashmir (PSAK) in starting an online education system in Jammu and Kashmir. “PSAK is partnering with ‘Tech Avant-Garde, Microsoft and Efee online companies to bring Information Technology (IT) which is going to permit solutions to the education system especially during the frequent closure of…

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Frequent Govt closure orders put academics in jeopardy in Kashmir

With PDP-BJP led coalition facing tough time over running academic institutions amid volatile situation and rising protests, various colleges across Kashmir region have lost their academic session due to frequent government closure orders. This year so far, various colleges of Kashmir lost nearly over four weeks of their academic activities owing to frequent closures orders by government and strikes to prevent the student protests. The restive south Kashmir, which has remained hotbed for the frequent protest, has witnessed a loss of more than one and a half months of academic…

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Unending protests hit education system across Kashmir Valley

The continuing strife in Kashmir is not only harming the State’s economy but also the education sector, as students are either out on the roads participating in protests or are confined to homes due to the frequent shutdowns. Schools and colleges in the Valley were shut for 32 days after reopening on March 5. Fearing student protests after terrorist killings or civilian deaths, authorities ordered their closure. Ali Mohammad, a retired teacher, said education should be delinked from politics. “We cannot keep our students hostage to the situation. The closure…

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Let holidays be working days in schools, DSEK’s proposal to govt over frequent school closers

The director school education Kashmir G N Itoo has submitted a proposal to the government, proposing that the next holiday should be deemed as the working day to make up for the academic loss in case the schools miss a working day due to forced closure of schools during strikes and shutdowns. The proposal has been submitted to the government at a time when the government often orders suspension of class work in educational institutions “as a precautionary measure” to avoid student protests. “When class work is suspended in schools,…

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Univarsities across Kashmir witness student protests against civilian killings

Students of different universities of Kashmir valley Wednesday protested against the killing of civilians and Assistant Professor turned militant, Mohammad Rafi Bhat. Scores of students of University of Kashmir protested in solidarity with the Assistant Professor turned militant who was killed during an encounter in Badigam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday. Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Post that the students of different departments assembled outside the Iqbal Library and started demonstrating against the killings. The protesting students at KU were carrying a banner reading “In memory of Shaheed Dr…

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27 Pvt, 20 Govt schools fare poorly in Class XII exams

Even though the overall pass percentage in the recently declared result of the higher secondary part II (Class XII) J&K Board of School Education (JKBOSE) examination for the summer zone stood at 55 per cent, 47 schools, including 20 government and 27 private, of Jammu province performed poorly with 0-20 per cent pass percentage. As per the data, 1,546 candidates of government schools who appeared in the examination, only 242 passed and only 43 of 395 candidates from private schools passed. What is more shocking is that 19 private schools…

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Aimed at curbing student protests tuition centres across valley shut for 90 Days

Syed Altaf Bukhari, Minister of Education, on Sunday ordered closure of all private coaching centres across Kashmir for 90 days in view of the ongoing protests against the Kathua rape-murder case. The minister said after deliberations with principals and other officials concerned, the government had come to a conclusion that private coaching centres were a distraction for students. “We will come up with the formal order in the next few days,” the minister said. “Principals of schools say quality education is suffering because of these centres. If students have any…

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Govt to announce shifting of exam session to March before Darbar Move

The government is likely to make official announcement for implementation of March exam session in schools of the Valley before the shifting of offices from Jammu to summer capital Srinagar. The minister for education Syed Muhammad AltafBukhari said the official announcement for shifting of exams will be made before shifting of Darbar. “Order will be issued before Darbar moves from Jammu,” said Bukhari. The government is deliberating on shifting exam session from November to March for students from lower to higher secondary level. However the delay in official announcement is…

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I quit: Kashmiri student’s last note before he went missing from AIIMS Bhubaneswar 2 weeks ago

A second-year Kashmiri student of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar, has been missing for more than two weeks now. Suhail Aijaz, a resident of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir and pursing MBBS at the institute since 2016, left his hostel on February 9 and has been missing since then. “Police made a preliminary enquiry and found that he left a note saying ‘I quit’. We traced his location to Kolkata. His number is switched off till date,” Rajendra Prasad Sharma, DGP Odisha, said. “One of our…

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Students to get 50% concession in bus fare

With schools set to open from March 5, the Traffic Department has issued a fresh advisory directing the travel operators to give 50 per cent concession to the students. An official said all bus operators, both private and state-owned, had been directed to charge only 50 per cent of the passenger fare from students while traveling from their residential place to the location of their educational institution and back once in a day. “The students have been asked to produce a valid identity card of the institution in which they…

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