Ishfaq Hamid & Rupali Tandon Same citizen feels genuinely concerned over the falling standards of education in our state. The last two decades of turmoil have witnessed a sharp decline in the academic standards in the state. The situation is really alarming and calls for introspection and dispassionate analysis. The cause of remedies for thus sad state of affairs need to be discussed and debated upon, So that the rot is stemmed as early as possible with the onset of militancy the whole system of education was completely thrown out of gear. It virtually crumbled education was reduced virtually to an exercise in futility of examinations became a farcical exercise a meaningless ritual and the menace of copying and cheating assumed alarming proportions. Fear psychosis wrought have and the situation became not only appalling but nauseating. Degrees and Diplomas became valueless and certificate scraps of paper. The flood gates are schools and colleges were bursting their seams as the number of students swelled and swelled alarmingly. But since whole process was confined to seeking admissions and getting registered as “bonafide” students in educational instutions only so it did not create any problem with regard to accommodation, teacher taught ratio, library, laboratory facilities etc. Absenteeism solved those problems. Getting caught in cross-fire and falling a victim catch and kill policy kept students away from schools and colleges.Had the government been sincere in showing its concern for the upliftment of educational system, then the situation and condition in our educational institutions would not have been so pathetic and gloomy.I shall primarily focus on college sector only. The college sector has expanded no doubt to a large extent in the state last half a century, but this expansion has not been well planned. A number of new colleges has been established to cater to needs of the ever growing number of students going for higher education. The existing colleges have developed additional infrastructure to upgrade and modernize themselves. There is hardly any district in the state where there is not a degree college, now possibly let me point out that the whole exercise has been lopsided. Too many eggs have been put in a few baskets only. The city colleges both in Jammu and Srinagar division have been enjoying special status and mofussil colleges are generally given a step motherly treatement.The pathetic situation can be easily understood by a visit to these colleges. Most of the mofussil degree colleges setup in 1980’s are still not functioning as full-fledged colleges and are utterly lacking in infrastructural facilities and basic requirement. There are scanty library, laboratory and sports facilities available in these colleges. The situation becomes really grim or alarmingly, where there are no teachers available to teach various subjects and streams also very less as compared to city colleges.Influential teachers and teachers who happen to be the kith and kin of the high ups are very rarely transferred to these colleges and if all transferred back to the places of their choice prematurely. Jammu and Srinagar city have additional attraction as stay in these B2 cities enables them to earn more. House Rent plus city compensatory allowance and saves them from the fatigue of shuttling. What is urgently required to be done is that the Government must pay dislocation allowance to the teachers when they are transferred from their home towns to any other.
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