Over 220 schools will soon be enabled with smart classrooms and more than 132 schools will be inducted with vocational education in Jammu and Kashmir by the month of March, next year. The state government recently announced that smart classrooms and vocation education will get initiated in the schools of Jammu and Kashmir soon.
According to the Minister of State for Education and Culture, Priya Sethi, “The state’s schools will be ICT-enabled. In the first phase, 220 schools across J&K will be covered under the programme by March 2016.” Under ICT programme, the students will be allowed to have computer based learning and teaching through their schools in order to be technologically advanced according to the demands of the present day job market.
Smart classrooms with computer labs have been approved for over 220 schools in the state under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Information Communication Technology (ICT). The groundwork has been completed for the establishment of the labs and smart classrooms and a MoU has been signed by the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology and State Project Director, RMSA.
According to Sethi, who further said regarding initiating Vocational Education in schools said, “GoI has approved 132 schools for the introduction of vocational education with two trades per school out of the following four trades, including Information Technology, Tourism, Health care, Retail. The groundwork has been completed and MoU signed between national Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the State Project Director, RMSA. Target will be completed by the end of March 2016.” Under the programme 440 schools with 20 schools from each district would be covered in the second phase.
She further said, “An amount of Rs. 6.40 crores has been allocated under Capex Budget 2015-16 for taking up minor improvement works in the model schools. 100 bed girls hostel scheme has been introduced by GoI in Educationally Backward Blocks throughout the country. Out of 97 EBBs in the state, 68 blocks have been qualified for the establishment of equal number of girl’s hostels. As many as 39 in Kashmir and 24 in Jammu and 5 in Ladakh are to be constructed and execution of the project has been entrusted to Roads and Buildings Department. The target for completion of this project has been set within one year.”
Talking over the status of education sector and various associated projects in the state, Sethi said, “Ongoing construction of additional infrastructure works in 50 school buildings shall be completed soon. Out of 159 numbers of spills over works during 2015-16 under State Capex Budget, thrust is being given to complete ongoing construction work in DIET buildings within two years.”