67% literacy rate in J&K, Govt taking steps for 100% literacy: Edu Secretary

Secretary School Education, Farooq Ahmed Shah, on Friday said 67 percent of Jammu and Kashmir’s population is presently literate and the government has taken “all adequate steps” to upgrade the education standard to further increase the literacy rate. Shah said the government’s mission is to achieve 100 percent literacy in the state. He was speaking at a function organized at Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Kothibagh, to celebrate 51st International Literacy Day (ILD) as Saakshar Bharat Mission (SBM). The function’s special emphasis was on ‘Adult Education in J&K’. It was…

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This time no cut in board syllabus, exams likely to held in Oct or Nov

The Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) is likely to hold the annual exams of Classes X and XII in October-end or first week of November. However, this time there will be no relaxation in the syllabus unlike last year even as schools have been directed to complete the curriculum in time for the exams. Acting Chairperson of JKBOSE Veena Pandita said, “the exams are likely to be conducted in the last week of October or first week of November. We will talk to government and decide.” “I…

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Lighter school bags for students govt sets up panel

The J&K Government has constituted a committee of experts to suggest steps to reduce the weight of schoolbags of students. In an order issued by the Secretary of School Education Department, Farooq Ahmad Shah, the government has constituted a four-member committee of educational experts to look into ways to help reduce the weight of schoolbags. The committee members include former Head of Department, Commerce, University of Kashmir, AG Madhosh, former college principals Nusrat Andrabi and Abdul Jabbar, and secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education Veena Pandita. The…

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Hold extra classes to complete syllabus: Edu Dept to schools

The Education Department has instructed all Valley schools to hold extra classes and complete the syllabus on time so as to compensate for the academic losses faced by the students in the past six months. Acknowledging that much of the students’ time had been lost due to the unfavourable circumstances in the Valley since July last year, the department has instructed the schools to devote maximum time to academics. “There is an immense need to dedicate more time to the academics in the educational institutions,” read a circular from the…

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100 Open-sky schools in Jammu to get buildings

Students in remote areas of the district face hardships due to lack of proper infrastructure at open-sky schools, which functioning without buildings and often face closure due to bad weather. Nearly 100 open-sky schools in Jammu district, which often face closure due to bad weather, will get buildings by this year-end under the Jammu and Kashmir government’s ‘TAMIER’ project, an official said on Sunday. Sub-divisional magistrates have been assigned the job of supervising the construction of these buildings by the rural development department, District Development Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said.…

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Rajasthan university shuts hostel door on 250 J&K students

About 250 Kashmiri students of Jaipur’s Suresh Gyan Vihar University (SGVU) are pleading every Muslim house in the city for help after being shunted out of their hostel. The students are forced to suffer this ordeal because the university reportedly did not receive the scholarship amount extended to them by the central government, which says the university is “fake”. Since 2014, 420 students sought admission at SGVU under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme. The students mostly come from militancy-torn areas of Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Sofian, Ramban, Poonch, Rajouri,…

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Colleges, Varsities remain shut to prevent protests

Schools, colleges and universities remained closed in the Valley today to prevent protests by students following the killing of Lashkar commander Abu Dujana and his associate in Pulwama on Tuesday. The government had announced the closure of all educational institutions in the Valley as many school and college students had clashed with the police in many parts of the Valley, including Srinagar, on Tuesday. The killings triggered a shutdown in the commercial hub here after students from various schools assembled at MA Road and raised pro-freedom slogans on Tuesday. The…

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Education sector remains in tumult in Kashmir

Looking back at the past 12 months, the education sector in the Valley remained on the edge, with frequent protests, shutdowns and curfews, forcing the closure of schools for months together. After Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s death on July 8 last year, the academic schedule in schools was adversely hit. Due to protests, all educational institutions remained closed for five months after July last giving a major setback to the career of the around 15 lakh students. Students were given mass promotion up to Class IX. There were less than…

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10 Day Summer Vacation for educational institutions begins from July 6 to July 15, 2017

The vacation coincides with a protest schedule issued by United Jehad Council (UJC), an amalgam of militant organisations operating in the valley. The Jammu and Kashmir government today announced a 10-day summer vacation in all educational institutions in the valley from July 6. In order in this regard was issued by Commissioner-Secretary, Higher Education Department, Asgar Samoon. “All government degree colleges of Kashmir division and winter zone government degree colleges of Jammu division shall observe summer vacations with effect from July 6 to July 15, 2017,” the order read. Director,…

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