The Education Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Naem Akhtar had a meeting with the HRD minister Smriti Irani in New Delhi where he asked for the department’s intervention, so that the special funds could get released for rebuilding of flood-hit schools in the state.
The recommendations, on the basis of the visit of University Grants Commission (UGC) Vice Chairman, have also been submitted to HRD ministry. He has assessed the damages in the state personally and recommended the outcomes to the HRD ministry for issuing special funding for rebuilding of the damaged infrastructure.
Amidst the heavy floods the educational institutes all over the state got badly affected. The most effected region was Srinagar according to a release of the state government. Many prestigious institutions in Srinagar like, SP College, Amar Singh College, Women’s College MA Road, Degree College Bemina, College of Education, SP Higher Secondary School, Girls Higher Secondary School Kothibag, Girls Higher Secondary School Amirakadal and others have undergone severe infrastructural losses. Most of the institutes have lost their libraries, laboratories, furniture and other vital infrastructures.
Irani has assured the minister that she personally visit the state in order to take an overall review of the education sector in the state. By doing so she needs to point out the deficiencies that are prevalent in the infrastructure and human resource departments.
For proposed IIT in Jammu, Akhtar had also demanded personal intervention of the minister of HRD, so that the process could get sped up and the classes can begin from the current academic session. According to him the government has already identified the site for establishing the institute. He also urged the HRD minister to fasten the release of funds that comes under SSA, so that the salaries of teachers could get released without delays and infrastructural developments could get sped up.
The interaction had seen assurance from Irani for sanctioning of more Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) and Kendriya Vidyalayas(KVs) for J&K, so that those districts who doesn’t have these institutes come under the radar of it.