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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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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