STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: J&K Private School Association (JKPSA) on Tuesday organised a day-long conference of private schools on ‘National Education Policy 2019’ under the chairmanship of Kamal Gupta, President JKPSA, Jammu. The conference started with the welcome speech by Ajay Singh (General Secretary), while it culminated with formal vote of thanks by Rameshwar Mengi, Vice President JKPSA. On the occasion, Ajay Gupta briefed the gathering regarding agenda of the meeting which included impact and threat of ‘National Education Policy 2019’ on private schools functioning in J&K instead of Jammu and Kashmir School Education Act, 2002 after creation of Union Territories, delay in approval of fee of private educational institutions due to non-availability of Chairman FFC etc. Issue regarding defying guidelines for granting insurance by the General Insurance companies to school-buses ferrying 1.5 times more students below 12 years than its capacity as per guidelines issued by the Supreme Court of India was also included in the agenda. While speaking during the conference, the members from different districts of Jammu division expressed serious fear and concern towards NEP-2019 as all policies of the Government of India shall now directly hit the business establishments due to creation of UTs. All the members appealed to the Government of India to be liberal for low budget private schools functioning in Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh till adequate educational infrastructure is established and raised in the UTs. They demanded continuation of policies and rules as per Jammu and Kashmir School Education Act, 2002 to support low budget private schools. Members unanimously appealed and demanded from Government of India to enact and grant special provisions for safeguarding identity of locals as is done in Article 371 to give benefits to all those who have been deprived of the same by the successive governments. For immediate disposal of files related to Jammu Division by the Fee Fixation Committee, Kamal Gupta appealed to the Government to grant extension to the Justice (Retd) Imtiyaz Hussain, Chairman Fee Fixation Committee, whose tenure has lapsed on July 26, 2019. Among others who attended the conclave included Sat Paul Mansotra, Sankalp Kamal, Ankush Verma, Siddharth Magotra, Manoj K Sharma, Ram Parkash, Rajeev Slathia, Kulbinder Singh Jamwal, Jatinder Heera, Prashant Salaria, Kabal Singh, Krishan Singh, Gaurav Charak, Vishwa Mohan, Vineet Gupta, Mala Sharma, Usha Jamwal, Neeru Puri, Dr S P Suri, Sanjay Jamwal, Laddi Kumar, Sunil Choudhary, Uttam Sharma, Vivek Prakash, DR. Vikram Handa, Vishal Gupta, Rajesh Modi, Rakesh Kumar, Amzad Beg, Chain Singh, Siddheshwar Sadotra, Kiran Raina, Arjun, Naresh Kumar, Raj Dulari, Ankur Arora, Malhar Singh, Rachpal Singh, Pawan Rama, Devinder Kumar, Nishant Singh, Subhash Chander and Prabha Jain.
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