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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Kashmiri students ‘Beaten’ up in Haryana college, Mehbooba Mufti demands probe

The Kashmiri students of the Haryana Central University were beaten up while returning to the campus after offering congregational Friday prayers in Mahendragarh town. Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has urged the Haryana government to take stringent action against the perpetrators for assaulting Kashmiri students and demanded a probe into the case. Mehbooba made the statement on Friday, hours after reports of the Kashmiri students of the Haryana Central University being assaulted surfaced. The victims were beaten up while returning to the campus after offering congregational Friday prayers…

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Drugs, Sex, Stress: Why Kota may be a bad place for your child

Self-harm, substance abuse, bullying, sexual experimentation and the possibility of pregnancy, sleep-related issues, loneliness, weight loss, acidity and anxiety are common among students in Kota, the coaching class capital of Rajasthan famous for offering preparatory courses to IIT hopefuls, a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences has said. The report, submitted recently to the Kota district administration which had commissioned a study to find out reasons for student suicides, has a crucial suggestion for parents who aspire to send their children there: “Do an initial recce, if possible,…

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Presidency University announces scholarships for Kashmiri Students

In view of providing exposure to the local students Presidency University, Bengaluru held a press conference Tuesday at Hotel Taj, Srinagar. The conference was organized by the chairman and founder of Presidency University, Nisar Ahmad in which he announced scholarships and other facilities especially provided to Kashmiri students. Presidency University is a Private University, established as such by the State Legislature under a self-regulating act, 2013. The University presently comprises of three schools, the School of Engineering, the School of Management and the School of Law. Professor Arun Kumar was…

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Sagar cautions J&K Govt over alleged attempts to saffronise education sector

Senior National Conference leader and MLA Khanyar on Tuesday asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to remain cautious against the alleged attempts made by New Delhi to saffronise the education sector of the country. Sagar was speaking during the grants for education department. “As Drabu Sahab surrendered before government of India and implemented GST here, same attempts will be made for you to saffronise education sector but we expect that you will resist,” Sagar said while addressing the education minister Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari. “Attempts are being made to change…

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Over 11000 Schools run from dilapidated buildings, 3000 from rented places: Govt

The government Saturday revealed in the Legislative Assembly (LA) that around 11,000 school buildings were in dilapidated condition in the state while as 3,000 schools were operating from rented accommodation. This was disclosed by Education Minister, Syed Altaf Bukhari, while replying to a query raised by NC MLA Muhammad Shafi Uri during the question hour in the House. “Government has 23773 schools out of which 11000 buildings are in dilapidated condition, 3000 schools were operating from rented accommodations in the state,” Bukhari informed the House. He said around 36 schools…

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284 Pvt schools shut for flouting safety norms across Jammu Municipal limits

In a major decision, the state Education Department has closed at least 284 private schools operating within the Jammu Municipal limits for flouting safety norms and putting the lives of children at risk. The schools have not been adhering to three essential criteria i.e. fire, building and lab chemical safety. This was disclosed by Minister for Education Syed Altaf Bukhari in a written reply to a question of Congress legislator Rani Gargi Blowria in the Legislative Council here today. “Notices were served on the institutions to procure mandatory certificates, but…

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High Court asks govt to decide on easing schoolbag burden

The High Court on Friday left it to the government to take a decision on easing the burden of school children saddled under heavy bags. “We leave it to the wise decision of the government to address the issue before February 2018,” a division bench of Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice M K Hanjura said. With this direction, the bench closed a contempt petition seeking action against the concerned officers for not implementing the court orders to lighten the school-going children of the bag burden. Before issuing its orders, the…

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