‘No Kashmiri child will be deprived of Right to Education’
Government of India (GoI) will not allow conversion of educational institutions into political hubs, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal said Friday.
“Education institutions are meant only for academics and research and GoI won’t allow any element to turn these institutions into political hubs,” he said addressing a news conference here.
Pokhriyal said education sector in Jammu Kashmir was functioning smoothly and students had given a tremendous performance in the Jammu Kashmir Board of School Education exams.
“The education sector in Jammu Kashmir is functioning smoothly. It will be streamlined more under the National Initiative for Schools Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) that motivates and equips teachers to encourage and foster critical thinking among students,” he said. “The teachers handle diverse situations and act as first line counselors.”
The union minister who had arrived in Kashmir to e-inaugurate developmental projects of education sector said, “I am happy to inaugurate 45 projects of School Education department, Higher Education department and different universities of Kashmir.”
He said GoI was focusing on school education, women education, and developing student hostels and universities.
Pokhriyal said besides upgradation of existing education structures, GoI Friday e-inaugurated the IIM branch in Srinagar.
He said the inaugurated 45 developmental works were worth thousands of crores and were a gift to the people of Jammu Kashmir from the Prime Minister.
Speaking about NISHTHA mission, the union minister said it would provide an opportunity to all under which no youth or child would be deprived of their right to education.
“The Right to Education policy has been implemented in J&K so that all children enjoy free education, get free school books and uniforms and enjoy perks like Mid Day Meals and free transport,” he said.
Pokhriyal said not even a single child in Kashmir would be deprived of the Right to Education and the GoI was emphasizing on girl education and focusing on higher education too.
He said for the past couple of years, GoI had upgraded some government degree colleges after making them part of the cluster universities under the RUSA scheme and in during that time period, thousands of crores of rupees had been spent.
The union minister said coming from a mountainous region, he believes that the people from the Himalayas were more intelligent and sharp.
“After Jammu division, IIM was today inaugurated in Kashmir. GoI has also approved Rs 80 crore for constructing of hostels, and Rs 100 crore for universities,” he said.
Pokhriyal said the government would construct 208 hostels at 26 different places for the teachers working in remote areas in both Kashmir and Jammu division so that they do not suffer.
“We have allotted Rs 26 crore for the construction of teacher hostels,” he said.