NEW DELHI, Jan 15: In a significant development, Jammu and Kashmir is all set to receive wide ranging assistance from Union Ministry of Human Resource Development to improve school education in the State.
In this regard a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on the sidelines of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting here today. The MoU was signed by Secretary School Education, Farooq Ahmed Shah from J&K side and Union Secretary MHRD in presence of Union MHRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and Minister for Education J&K, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari.
As per the MoU, for next three years MHRD would extend all sought of assistance to enable the State to improve school education in terms of infrastructure development, teaching learning methodology through extensive capacity development and promote allied activities like promotion of student to student contact with other states by sponsoring tours from here to other parts of country and vice-versa.
The MHRD will also help the State to strengthen and revive DIETs and SIET by extending required expertise and upgrading of infrastructure, hold teacher training sessions on regular intervals, especially to impart subject specific training.
Earlier, Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari put across an in-depth account of education sector requirements of Jammu and Kashmir at the 65th meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE).
The meeting was chaired by Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and attended by Union Minister of State MHRD Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtiar Abbas Naqvi and Ministers of Education from all states of India.
Altaf Bukhari highlighted the vital issues concerning State’s education sector including consolidation of infrastructure, capacity development of teaching staff introduction of modern and market oriented courses and technological intervention to make teaching and learning process more effective.
Raising allied issues for achieving high standards of education in the State, the Minister strongly advocated for streamlining SSA fund flow from Ministry for Human Resource Development to enable Jammu and Kashmir to pay the teachers’ salary in time.
The J&K Minister also called upon the Centre to spare teachers for only teaching and academics and do not depute them for election and other non-teaching duties.
He said consolidation of infrastructure including construction of additional class rooms, buildings for schools being run from alternate accommodations and capacity development of teaching staff were immediate concerns to be met. He demanded liberal funding from MHRD for meeting these core requirements of education sector in the state.
The Minister also listed the series of reforms initiated by the state to raise the standard of school education and diversify it so that the pass outs can get enough scope for progress.