Edu Dept sits on expert committee recommendations to reduce school bag weight

Carrying heavy bags lead to spinal damage, irreversible back problems in children: Survey Experts recommend combined book system; Dir Edu says decision soon One and a half months on, the State Government is sitting on expert committee recommendations on formulating a policy to reduce the weight of schoolbags of children. The government in this August had constituted a four-member committee comprising of former Head of Department of Education, University of Kashmir, A G Madhosh, former principal of Government College for Women Nusrat Andrabi, ex-principal Abdul Jabbar, and Veena Pandita, in-charge…

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Pvt coaching centres ‘Fleece’ students by charging exorbitant tuition fee

The private coaching centres are fleecing the students by charging exorbitant tuition fee. Among the 182 coaching centres granted registration recently by the education department, not even a single centre has notified its fee structure. This was made mandatory by the education department vide order no 1246 DESK of 2017 dated 7 October 2017. The registration list issued by the Education department was formulated on recommendations of joint inspection teams of Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and Chief Education Officers (CEOs). These teams were constituted after directions by the High Court in…

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Govt announces winter vacations from December 3

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday announced winter vacations for all schools in Kashmir division and winter zones of Jammu division. As per the order issued by the school education department, winter vacations from primary to class 8th will start from December 3 while as for High and Higher Secondary classes winter vacations will start from December 10. It said the last working day for classes up to class 8th will be December 2 while as vacations for high and higher secondary classes will be observed from December 11…

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To baptize students four government schools adopting CBSE in 2018

The government has decided to take CBSE route to baptize students of SP Higher Secondary School and Amira Kadal Girls Higher Secondary School that remained in news for student protests and stone-pelting against rights violations. The two schools in the heart of the summer capital, Srinagar remained in news for frequent student protests and stone pelting and rights violations last year. Now the State government is trying an image makeover of the two schools by making them model schools with switchover to Central Board of School Education (CBSE) pattern. Presently,…

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Private school takes to ‘Book Selling Business‘, 17 books in Nursery curriculum

District administration Pulwama has issued a show cause notice to a leading private school for forcing students to purchase stationery items from the school itself, in complete violation of the court directions. The show cause notice to Dolphin International School was issued after a group of parents approached district administration alleging that school has not only been forcing them to purchase stationery items but it has added extra 10 books to the curriculum of Nursery Class students. The complaint reveals that the school has added 10 extra books to the…

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Panel suggests Single Book system for primary classes

The committee, constituted by the J&K Government to suggest ways to reduce weight of school bags, has recommended a combined book system up to the primary classes. The government had constituted a four-member committee of educational experts in the last week of August to suggest ways to help reduce the weight of schoolbags. The committee members include former Head of the Department Commerce, University of Kashmir, Prof AG Madhosh, Prof Nusrat Andrabi, former principal of the Government College for women, Prof Abdul Jabbar, ex-principal, and Veena Pandita, chairperson, J&K Board…

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NEET centre in Jammu, even in Samba, none in Kashmir; Govt silent, aspirants suffer

MD/MS aspirants from Kashmir could miss postgraduate National Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET) 2017 as both the examination centres in J&K have been allocated to Jammu division, and none to Kashmir. Even though number of exam centres have been increased in four states, Kashmir candidates continue to face difficulties in arranging logistics as nearby centres have been filled to capacity. For the second consecutive year the state government has failed to ensure a NEET centre for Kashmir despite repeated assurances. While one of the centres has been allotted to Jammu, this…

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Exam staff in trouble for ‘Facilitating’ copying, several centers shifted after complaints

Despite roping in the district administration and the police, the menace of copying in examination continues in Kashmir, forcing authorities of the School Education department to shift some examination centers. An official said that the department is expected to order suspension of staff deputed for the exam duty in centers where reports of copying prove to be authentic. The department, the official said, received complaints of copying at higher secondary school Kelar, a designated exam centre for Class 12 students. Later, the authorities shifted the exam centre to higher secondary…

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Engineering degrees secured since 2001 via correspondence invalid: Supreme Court

In a major setback to thousands of students who pursued engineering studies through correspondence courses offered by deemed universities in the last 16 years, the Supreme Court declared on Friday that the degrees were invalid, putting them at risk of losing jobs obtained on the basis of the certificates. A bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit noted that the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) did not approve distance learning programmes in engineering studies and the approval granted by…

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Kashmiri law student gets Rhodes scholarship

Making the Valley proud, Sameer Rashid Bhat, 25, has become the first Kashmiri to get Rhodes scholarship in law. Sameer, who hails from a village in south Kashmir’s Anantnag is currently enrolled as a final year student at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, where he is pursuing BA LLB (Hons). He has been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship-2018 and will be pursing a postgraduate course in law for a year at Oxford University. The Rhodes scholars are chosen after a rigorous three-step process. By qualifying all three stages, Sameer has not…

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