Centre allocates 200 cr funds to Kashmir for education

The central government has released a statement that Jammu & Kashmir would be granted Rs. 200 crore to pay the pending salaries of the teachers. The grant is being paid under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).

The news was confirmed by Union Minister for Human Resource and Development (MHRD) Prakash Javdekar when he met, the two had an elaborate discussion over the issue and then the decision was made.

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar (on the right) met with J&K Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari.

The meeting concluded that Rs. 34 crore will be released to Jammu & Kashmir as soon as possible as a recurring grant under the Rashtriya Madhiyam Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).

50 crore rupees are allocated to the construction of girls hostels in seven-degree colleges entailing Paloura, Rajouri, and Thathri in the Jammu division and Bemina, Kupwara, Kargil and Pulwama in the Kashmir division. As confirmed by a spokesperson.

Addressing the issue of IIM- Jammu, the MHRD minister said that a central team would be formed to inspect the off-side campus of the reputed institution in Srinagar.

He also addressed the concern regarding the two nursing colleges and two architecture colleges and confirmed that a positive approach for all the aforesaid institutes would commence very soon.  One college each in Jammu & Srinagar location, he added. Javadekar also directed the state delegation to submit a proposal report on this issue at the earliest.

The Ministry of Human Resource also showed a green signal to commence the engineering classes in newly-approved engineering colleges at Safapora and Kathua from the upcoming academic session.  Considering the proposal of the state Government, the MHRD also confirmed the consideration of Rs. 120 crore for the University of Kashmir & University of Jammu to support Research, Innovation and Quality Improvement.

An official from the ministry confirmed that the state government is asked to submit a proposal for up gradation of the infrastructure in the Islamic University of Science & Technology, Awantipora, and Kashmir Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri, Jammu.

The entire meeting was full of positive responses for the state government as the MHRD also assured to offer a positive consideration to the proposal of the state Government for offering the on service teachers relaxation to pursue B.Ed.

Referring to the proposal of the Jammu & Kashmir government regarding the help of the central government for unsafe school infrastructure in J& K, the MHRD directed to submit a detailed proposal at the earliest.

The MHRD also directed the state government to submit a fresh proposal with the revised costs of for revalidation of 30 KGBVs and 311 PS buildings. These buildings were approved during 2009-10 but weren’t executed because of lack of funds and certain land issues.

The official confirmed that state government is already working on the same.

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