Minister for School Education, Hajj and Auqaf and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, today laid foundation and e-inaugurated several projects of school education department across Jammu division completed under RMSA, SSA, State and District sector schemes.Minister of State for Education Shakti Raj Parihar and Legislator Dina Nath Bhagat were also present on the occasion.Legislator, Pawan Gupta and senior officers of various districts attended the inaugural event through video conference.The Minister inaugurated 68 newly constructed school building and also laid foundation of two buildings.The building includes Middle Schools, Primary Schools, DIET Complexes, Upper Primary Schools, Higher Secondary schools, Girls hostel and others in Samba, Kathua, Udhampur, Poonch, Rajouri, Ramban, Doda, Reasi and Kishtwar districts. The construction cost of these projects is Rs 25 crore.Zulfkar greeted the students, staff and officers of the department for getting new infrastructure. He hoped that with the spacious buildings, the academic activities in the schools would get a new push.He further reiterated that development of education sector is one of the main priorities of the government and many steps are being taken for the upgradation of the basic infrastructure in educational institutions.
“We want to ensure that the schools function smoothly and the education of children does not suffer for any reason,” he said and asked the concerned officers to move a proposal for uniform colour coding of school buildings across the state.The Minister directed the concerned authorities for conducting subject specific refresher/orientation courses for the teachers to keep them abreast with the latest teaching styles in the fast-changing world. He said that many new concepts/ researches have come up in the teaching field which a present-day teacher should be aware of, therefore, refresher courses become important.He directed SIE and DIET authorities to impart training to the teachers on modern lines by using the new methodology and latest technology.The Minister was informed that CM’s Super 50 Coaching Programme has been started in Boys Higher Secondary School Gandhi Nagar and Government Sri Ranbir Higher Secondary School where students are prepared for engineering, medical and other professional exams.The Minister also directed to start extra classes/remedial classes for the children weak in studies and in the border schools where studies of the students suffered due to shelling. Also present on the occasion were Director School Education Rakesh Kumar Srangal, Personnel Officer, Afshan Masood, Chief Education Officer Jammu J K Sudan and other senior officers of concerned department.