1200 Kashmiri Students in AMU threaten to return home on October 17

Kashmiri students studying in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have threatened to leave for their homes on October 17, if the sedition charges against three of them are not dropped. In a letter to AMU vice-chancellor, AMU students union former vice-president Sajjad Rathar said, “If this vilification does not stop, more than 1,200 Kashmiri students will leave for their homes in the Kashmir Valley on October 17 as a last option.” Terming the slapping of sedition charges as “vendetta”, Rathar said, “The option of holding Namaaz-e-Janaza (prayer meeting) in absentia was…

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Parents accuse schools of charging hefty amount as donations for admission

The school education department has failed to regulate the private schools in Kashmir as the elite private educational institutions continue to charge hefty amount as donations from parents at the time of admissions in the school. Most of the private schools in Srinagar and other districts are charging donation in and admission fee in lakhs from the parents for enrolling their kids in the school. The money is charged at the time of admission in Kindergarten or any other class up to 8th. The government has constituted a full-fledged School…

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Kashmir Board exams between Oct 17-Nov 16

The J&K Government is mulling to hold Class X and Class XII examinations in Kashmir in-between the the municipal and panchayat elections. To avoid any delay, officials said the board examinations would be held between October 17 and November 16. A query regarding the examinations was raised by Adviser Khurshid Ganai with Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday during the one-day conference of deputy commissioners and district police chiefs at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre here. The four-phase polling for local and urban bodies is scheduled from October 8 to…

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Exorbitant Fee Row: Complaints against two more private schools

Days after the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) issued a suspension notice against two private schools here the Fee Fixation Committee (FFC) Tuesday said they have received fresh complaints against some more private schools for charging exorbitant fee in violation of its directives. Chairman of FFC, Justice (Retd) Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain said the committee has received some new complaints against private schools for violating its recommended fee structure. Hussain said FFC has received complaints from the parents of students enrolled in Minto Circle School, Srinagar who are ‘violating’ the…

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Cancel license of Schools for exorbitant fee hike: Baseer Khan to DSEK

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Monday directed Director Directorate of School Education (DSEK) to cancel recognition of all those private schools in the valley including Leh and Kargil districts which have exorbitantly hiked fee in their institutions. Khan made these directions while reviewing the status of fee structure in various schools in the valley including Ladakh division. He cautioned all the heads of the private institutions not to hike the fee on their own and comply with the instructions and orders from the department of education in letter and…

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Heavy school bags, a burden for kids

Four five-year-old Ali going to school was a pain. Literally. He would come back home complaining of pain in his back and ankles. When his parents took him to an orthopaedic, it was found that the cause of Ali’s pain was the school bag he was carrying. Little Ali was carrying nearly 9 kg of text books and notebooks. Doctors say that a child should carry less than 10 per cent of her weight on her shoulders. Ali is not only student in Kashmir who is suffering. A recent survey…

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After RP School, govt derecognises Green Valley School

Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Saturday ordered the suspension of recognition of Green Valley Educational Institute, Ellahibagh for exorbitant fee hike and non-compliance of orders from the Department. The government had earlier suspended the recognition of RP School Mallabagh. “An order vide no. DSEK/GS/1418-25/2018, dated: 14-09-2018 has been issued in this regard and another communication vide no. DSEK/GS/1069-70, dated: 03-07-2018 was forwarded to Joint Secretary JKBOSE and Principal DIET Srinagar wherein they were instructed not to entertain any affair of the schools till further instructions from the Directorate,” a…

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State Administrative Council nod for 40 degree colleges in state

Governor Satya Pal Malik-led State Administrative Council decided to open 40 new degree colleges, including 26 degree colleges already sanctioned, in a phased manner across the state. Acknowledging the need for opening up more colleges in remote areas, the SAC decided to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary, Finance, to finalise the locations and other logistics. The SAC also approved the formation of a joint venture company for the development of the 850 MW Ratle hydro electric project and its transfer to J&K within a period of…

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Schools reopen amid hot weather post Summer break across Kashmir Valley

After 10 days of summer vacation, the schools across Kashmir reopened on Monday amid humid weather. The schools were closed on July 19 for a 10-day summer break and were scheduled to reopen on July 30. On Monday morning, the city witnessed traffic jams as school buses were back on roads see plied during the rush hour. Following rumours on the social media that the school break might be extended, the department of school education on Sunday evening issued a circular, asking teachers and students to attend the schools on…

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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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