IIM Srinagar, Smart Model Schools among 45 projects inaugurated STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: Union Minister for Human Resources Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishankh on Friday said the central government will bring about major reforms to revamp the education sector of Jammu and Kashmir. He also termed J&K as the ‘Crown of India’ in terms of the potential and talent pool. The Union Minister made these remarks while inaugurating National Initiative for School Heads & Teachers’ Holistic Advancement ‘NISHTHA’, besides e-inauguration of 45 projects under education sector at a cost of Rs 180 crore here. The projects include Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Srinagar, 25 Smart Model Schools, and Sheikh-ul-Alam Chair at Center for Sheikh-ul-Alam Studies (Markaz-i Noor) and Laboratory Block (PEB) at University of Kashmir, besides Government College of Engineering Safapora and Government Degree College Zakura.
The Smart Model Schools project is aimed at transforming government schools on modern lines. The initiative has been envisaged by Divisional and District Administration Srinagar.
The Union Minister e-inaugurated Indian Institute of Management Srinagar off-campus which will offer programmes like Management Development, Leadership Development, Faculty Development, Online Executive Development, Entrepreneurship Development, and Certificate programmes.
He also inaugurated two blocks of NIT Srinagar hostel named after Mansar and Mansabal–two famous lakes of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pokhriyal inaugurated 16 projects under School Education Department at a cost of Rupess 2468.06 Lakh including Laboratory Block at Boys Higher Secondary School Anantnag, Double Storey Building at HSS Nanil, Additional Accommodation for BHSS Zadibal, KGBV at Bela Boniyar Baramulla, Girls Hostel at Mehind Nowshere, Doubel Story Building at GHSS Anantnag, KVGB at Chankhan Sopore, Girls Hostel BHSS Budgam, Girls Hostel GHS Keeri Baramulla, Girls Hostel GHSS Baramulla and KGBV Rakshalina at B.K Pora Budgam.
Under Higher Education Department, the Union Minister inaugurated Government Degree College for Women Zakura, Srinagar established at a cost of Rupees 1148 lakh and Government College of Engineering and Technology, Safapora at a cost of Rs 2600 lakh.
The Union Minister also inaugurated Center for Interdisciplinary Research & Advanced Instrumentation established University of Kashmir at a cost of Rupees 9.19 crore and Sheikh-ul-Alam Chair at Center for Sheikh-ul-Alam Studies (Markaz-i Noor) University of Kashmir.
Speaking on the occasion regarding NISHTHA, the Union Minister said the government is keen to develop the education sector and the objective of NISHANK’ is to be to train 672 Key Resource Persons (KRPs) and State Resources Persons, besides training 86769 Teachers and Head Teachers at elementary level.
He said reforms have been brought about in recruitment procedures by ending Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) scheme with the creation of 28363 supernumerary posts against which ReT teachers were absorbed in school education department.
The Union Minister said 36 Kendriya Vidyalayas have been sanctioned in UT of Jammu & Kashmir and five new KVs are coming up soon at Akhnoor, Udhampur, Anantnag, Jourian and Baramulla, where land has been identified while in 21 JNVs have also been sanctioned.
He said that to facilitate availability of teachers in close proximity to school in remote areas 280 units of Teachers Hostels will be set up.
On the occasion, the Union Minister released Urdu version of NISHTHA for the conveniences of teachers. He said that the Social Science curriculum revision has completed by the NCERT in coordination with the JKBOSE and new text book with new map of India have been prepared.
Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, KK Sharma, Joint Secretaries MHRD Sanjay Kumar Sinha and LS Changsan, Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Talat Ahmad, Secretary Higher Education Department Talat Parvez, Director NCERT HK Senapati, District Development Commissioner Srinagar Dr. Shahid Iqbal, Director School Education Mohammad Younis Malik, Director IIM Jammu BS Sahai and college principals, teachers and students were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Advisor KK Sharma said that it is a matter of privilege for Jammu & Kashmir that in the last week members of the union cabinet are visiting and interacting with people even at block and village levels to know about their developmental aspirations which can be addressed at central level.
Later, the Union Minister distributed awards among the students and teachers for outstanding performances in the field of education and sports.
‘New dawn of development, prosperity heralds’ SOPORE: Union Minister for Law and Justice, Communications and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir will soon witness a new dawn of peace and development as various measures are underway to ensure holistic development of J&K. The Union Minister made these remarks during his visit to Sopore area of Baramulla district. This was the 2nd day of his visit to the North Kashmir’s Baramulla district as part of the Centre’s outreach programme. Prasad said that Union Government is committed to ensure holistic development of all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir adding that several economic sectors including horticulture, tourism etc shall be developed and upgraded on modern lines. Urging the people to cooperate in taking the region to new heights of development, the Union Minister said that time has come to change the fate of Kashmir through peace, progress and prosperity. He termed Kashmir as a real paradise on earth and assured that every step shall be taken to retain and preserve it. He stressed upon the youth to come up with new and progressive ideas pertaining to developmental concerns.
While terming Sopore area as a hub of horticulture production, Prasad said that Fruit Mandi Sopore shall be developed as e-mandi wherein it shall be integrated with the rest of mandis of the country. He said that Sopore is best endowed with Apple tourism and it can play a larger role in the socio-economic development.
He hoped that youth of district Baramulla take keen interest in sports activities and the need is to provide appropriate platforms so that their potential is channelized in positive direction. He announced that an Indoor Sports Stadium shall be soon developed at Sopore, terming it an effort towards upgrading sports infrastructure in the district.
Appreciating the role of BDCs and other PRIs in strengthening the grassroots democracy, the Union Minister said that 73rd and 74th amendments shall be effectively implemented to strengthen democracy.
Later, the Union Minister met 10 deputations who appraised him about their issues and demands.
A deputation of Federation of Industrial Estate Sopore demanded elevation of Sopore sub-division as a district. They also demanded construction of Mini-Secretariat in the town, Hi-tech ambulances for SDH Sopore, up-gradation of infra in schools and health institutions etc.
Another deputation of Fruit Association Sopore demanded uninterrupted movement of apple ferrying vehicles on National Highway, compensation to orchardists whose property got damaged in recent heavy snowfall and during floods in 2014, exemption of KCC loans, establishment of testing lab for pesticides, establishment of truck terminal in North Kashmir and other issues of vital public importance.
Other deputations who raised their grievances and demands included Traders Federation Sopore, various civil societies of the area, J&K Choppan Welfare Association, NYC Association Baramulla and other deputations.
The Union Minister gave a patient hearing to the issues and demands raised and assured that all the demands shall be looked into for their time-bound redressel.
Earlier, the Union Minister inaugurated various developmental activities which included 100m span Suspension bridge over Pohru Nallah at Seelu, Trauma Centre at Watergam, 33kv sub-receiving station at Rafiabad, several panchayat ghars in Ladoora, Panzlla and at other villages.
He also laid the foundation stone of a road connecting Fruit Mandi Sopore to its peripheral areas.
Union Ministers interact with people in Poonch POONCH: On the last leg of their two day visit to this border district, Union Minister of State for Steel, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Union Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar on Friday chaired Public meetings at Mankote and Dak Bungalow Poonch, respectively. During the largely attended public meetings, ‘Balika Diwas’ was also celebrated in which school going girls, women and nursing mother were given school bags , blankets and baby care kits. District Development Commissioner (DDC) Poonch, Rahul Yadav; SSP, Ramesh Angral; MD Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL), Aijaz Asad; Ex MLC Pardeep Sharma; ADDC Mohd. Rashid Choudhary; ADC Malikzada Shahraj-ul-Haq; ASP Adil Hamid besides Councilors, Sarpanchs, Panchs and a large number of people attended the programme. MOS Steel laid the foundation stone of Tehsil Complex at Mankote. In his address, on the occasion, MOS Steel informed the public about various initiatives taken by the central government and Prime Minister for the development of J&K and its people. He mentioned about the increase in number of medical seats, besides introduction of flagship health scheme Ayushman Bharat for the poor, housing scheme PMAY and scholarship for tribal people and other individual benefit schemes. He also shared his own experience about Panchayati Raj and highlighted the importance of Gram panchayats for development of rural areas.
Responding to local demands, the Minister said that all the issues raised by Sarpanchs of the area would be taken up with the concerned authorities, for early redress of the same. He assured that Government Girls Middle School Mankote would be upgraded to next level (High School level). He appreciated the courage of people living along the border belt.
The Union Minister of State also gave away sanction letters for benefits under Individual welfare schemes to eligible beneficiaries. Meritorious Girls were felicitated with cash prizes.
MOS Social Justice and Empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar inaugurated newly constructed Tourist Cafeteria at TRC Poonch. Public Outreach Program was also held at Dak Bunglow, where the Union Minister listened to the grievances of local people.
During the programme, the Union Minister presented financial assistance of Rs. 41,780 each to 5 BPL girls under State Marriage Assistance Scheme, while pension sanction orders were given away to two physically challenged persons, two elderly persons, and 1 widow. The benefits of various central schemes were also presented to the eligible beneficiaries.
Several public delegations of the area also met the Ministers and projected string of demands.
Dev projects inaugurated, foundations laidUDHAMPUR: As part of the central government’s public outreach programme, Union Minister for Animal Husbandry, Diary and Fisheries, Giriraj Singh on Friday conducted public outreach programme, here at Sudhmahadev. The outreach programme witnessed overwhelming participation of BDC Chairpersons, Sarpanchs, Panchs and general public hailing from adjoining areas. Member Parliament Raj Sabha, Shamsher Singh Manhas; Secretary Rural Development Department & Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda; District Development Commissioner, Udhampur Dr. Piyush Singla; SSP, Rajiv Omparkash Pandey; Director Sheep Husbandry, Sanjeev Kumar; Director Animal Husbandry, Vivek Gupta; ADDC, Ashok Kumar; besides other district Officers were also present. Addressing the gathering, the Union Minister said that the purpose of conducting outreach programme is to assess the progress on the implementation of government schemes on the ground and get feedback from the public.
He said that the Central Government is committed to the development of Union Territory of J&K and listed projects sanctioned for strengthening its health, education, road connectivity and infrastructure base of other vital sectors.
“Government has sanctioned 7 Medical Colleges, 2 AIIMS within period of 05 years for J&K” he said and added that these facilities are bound to improve the patient care in the UT.
He appreciated the Udhampur District Administration for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat scheme under which 83,000 golden cards have been distributed to the eligible persons.
“It is endeavor of Prime Minister to take care of health of poor and ensure that no one is deprived of medical treatment due to financial constraints,” he added.
Union Minister also appreciated the implementation of SBM, PMAY and hoped that the Yoga International Centre and Chenani-Sudh Mahadev road project will take the development in the area to new heights by increasing the tourist footfall and generating employment opportunities for local youth .
Highlighting importance of livestock sector, the Union Minister announced that a new insemination technology will be introduced which will boost milk production and improve the farmers’ economy in a big way. He also informed about the introduction of surrogacy technique in cattle by which cows giving less milk are implanted with embryo of high yield milk production species. He stressed on the use of artificial insemination and IVF technology.
He further added that more intervention schemes will be launched for boosting production in agriculture and allied sectors to enhance the income of farmers. He said that new breeds of sheep & goat would also be introduced in JK. He stressed on promotion of integrated farming.
The Union Minister also highlighted the role of Panchayat Raj Institutions, (PRI)s adding that the Government has duly empowered PRIs and they are acting as bridge between Government and public.
Later, the union minister inaugurated a tourist cafeteria in the area and asked the management to serve local organic products to the tourists. He also asked the Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal and Sheep Husbandry department to explore the use of cow dung in candle making and other useful products, so that farmers get good value.
He asked all the stakeholders to work out the future course of action for increasing the production of mushroom, and other cash crops to boost the economy of farming community. Minister said that Agriculture and allied sectors are playing a vital role in the development of country and farming community is the main stakeholder in the development. “Advance technology and high quality Agriculture inputs are required ,for which Government is providing Rs 6000 per year to farmers,” he added. He asked the concerned department to introduce Marino goat and sheep in the area to boost wool production.
Meanwhile, the Union Minister also paid obeisance at the holy Shiv Mandir at Sudhmahadev and prayed for peace and prosperity of country.
During the visit, Singh also inaugurated 1×6.30 MVA, 33/11 KV receiving station and cafeteria at Sudhmahadev, various works of RDD, executed under 14th FC, MGNREGA, SBM, and PMAY and laid foundation stone of Improvement /Metalling of circuit road SudhMahadev to Ramnagar via Dudu -Basantgarh road.
Later, Singh also distributed chaff cutters and mastitis kits, cattle insurance certificates, Power tiller under Horticulture sector, besides Ayushman Bharat card, Sports kits, Mamta kits, among the beneficiaries. Minister also distributed pension sanction orders to the beneficiaries.
Minister along with Secretary Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, and DDC Udhampur had a round of stalls established for awareness of general public about the various govt.schemes. Minister interacted with staff members and beneficiaries of the scheme and had a detailed review of implementation of schemes on the ground and also took feedback from the beneficiaries .
Member Parliament, Raj Sabha, Shamsher Singh Manhas also spoke on the occasion and said that Government has empowered the PRIs and all funds are transferred through DBT to the beneficiaries of all schemes. He said that Government is committed to empower the PRIs.
Earlier, the District Development Commissioner, Udhampur Dr. Piyush Singla highlighted the major projects coming up in district Udhampur, like Yoga International Convention Centre Mantalai, Food park Chenani, Chenani Sudhmahadev road, Medical College etc besides special initiatives of District Administration, achievements under centrally sponsored schemes.
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