Advisor Sharma for strengthening online education

Advisor K K Sharma chairing a meeting at Jammu.
Advisor K K Sharma chairing a meeting at Jammu.

* Reviews arrangements for Board exams
Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 29: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, K.K. Sharma, today directed for taking the necessary interventions for further augmenting the already in vogue online imparting of education to maximize its reach among the students.
The Advisor was interacting with officers during a detailed review of different activities, schemes of School Education Department of Jammu Division in the Meeting Hall of the Directorate of School Education here.
Director School Education Jammu, Anuradha Gupta gave a detailed presentation of the various activities/schemes being implemented in the School Education Department especially with regard to online initiatives for teaching/learning process during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, the Advisor individually interacted with all the officers present in the meeting including Chairperson BOSE, Joint Directors, Personnel Officer, Dy. Director (P&S), Chief Accounts Officer, CEO Jammu, Officers from SIE and engineering wing from SAMAGRA Shiksha.
While appreciating the efforts of all those officers/teachers involved in the process, the Advisor emphasized on further strengthening of this system for maximum outreach. He also instructed DSEJ to devise a mechanism by which education can be provided to those students who are without mobile phones and internet facility.
He also advised the DSEJ to submit the list of those teachers whose work was praiseworthy for suitable appreciation letters in order to recognize their services. He also advised to explore the best practices adopted by other States during the current pandemic.
While reviewing the construction activities under CAPEX/SAMAGRA Schemes, the Advisor instructed the Executive Engineers to speed up the pace of construction work by removing all bottlenecks so that allocated funds can be utilized properly.
He further instructed the Executive Engineer to provide the drinking water, toilet and electricity in all schools on fully saturated mode. The issue of contingent paid workers was also discussed in the meeting at length.
Advisor Sharma directed DSEJ to rationalize the teaching staff within the shortest possible time. The Nodal Officer languishing project was directed to sort out all issues with department of Jal Shakti and Finance department so that projects are completed well in time.
Meanwhile, Advisor asked for putting in place a safe mechanism for successful conduct of examinations ( left over papers) of 12th class in the Jammu Division summer zone, which got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Advisor stated this while speaking at a review meeting convened by JKBOSE for making arrangements for conduct of 12th class exams in Jammu Division.
Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, Principal Secretary, Education, Dr Asgar Samoon, Chairperson JKBOSE, Veena Pandita, IGP Jammu, Mukesh Kumar, Directors of Education, Jammu, Kashmir, Anuradha Gupta, Younis Malik and Deputy Commissioners of Jammu Division also participated in the meeting through video conference.
While asking the Deputy Commissioners about the preparedness regarding holding of the examinations, it was informed that most of the educational institutes can be made available for holding of the exams.
It was also given out that alternate arrangements can be made available wherever these are being used as quarantine or COVID wellness centers.
The meeting decided that Education Department would issue the guidelines for the necessary protocols to be followed by the students while writing the exams in the examination halls.
The meeting decided to ensure the necessary fumigation of the proposed centers and other measures to be taken.
Financial Commissioner Health was also asked to come up with the list of the necessary precautions to be taken keeping in view protocols already in place in view of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Chairperson JKBOSE gave a brief overview of the exercise taken by the Board for holding of exams in the Jammu Division.
IGP, Jammu was also asked to provide the necessary logistic and other support for successful holding of the exams, which were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.