Need funds for improving education in the state: J&K minister

Education minister Jammu KashmirSeeking the pathetic state of an education center in Jammu and Kashmir the state government has requested the Central government to provide them with additional funds. In the recent meeting of the state Education Minister Altaf Bukhari and Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar in Delhi, the state minister requested to grant more funds for some key areas of the school. He further requested funds for higher education sectors and also to incorporate more courses under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme.

As per a spokesperson of the ministry, Mr. Javadekar has assured to extend his full support to the state and help it to make the education sector better. He is all set to aid in improving the quality of education and to make sure that the new education standards encourage innovation in Jammu and Kashmir.

In order to revive the state of education in Jammu & Kashmir and for creating an environment that promotes quality learning the state education minister, Mr. Bukhari has requested the Centre to provide a special fund of Rs. 300 crore. This fund would be utilised in the 146 schools established under the Chief Minister’s Model of schools.

Mr. Bukhari has also sought additional 100 crores from the Centre under the Prime Minister’s Development Programme. As per the request, this amount would be put into the development of infrastructure and hostels for each of the out campuses. The out-campuses mentioned in the request are Kashmir University, Jammu University, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University and Islamic University for Science and Technology, Awantipora.

The spokesperson further stated that Bukhari has also pressed in the Union Minister Javadekar to speed up the development of permanent campuses of some reputed institutes like IIT, IIM & IIMC.  He said that the issue of no directors being appointed at the NIT Srinagar, IIT Jammu, and IIM Jammu was also raised by the state minister.

Bukhari also demanded the release of the balance fund of Rs. 164 .56 crore that will be used for the construction of hostels in the state.

Bukhari was accompanied by the senior officers of the state education department. In a press conference, Bukhari said, “The amount is urgently needed to defray the salaries of teachers, who have not been paid salary since September 2016.”

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