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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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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