State to lend ‘discretionary powers’ to Principals of Waqf institutions

SRINAGAR: State government Monday initiated a process for lending “discretionary powers” to principals of the Waqf institutions for utilization of the local funds.
In a meeting held in winter capital Jammu Monday to review operations of Waqb Board (WB), Chief Minister (CM) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who is also the WB’s Chairman, asked the Vice Chairman WB to initiate the process.
“The CM has asked VC Waqf Board to process the case for enhancing the discretionary powers of the Principals of the Waqf institutions to utilize the local funds available with them,” an official handout issued here said.
Meanwhile, Sayeed issued directions to Bibi Halima College of Nursing & Medical Technology here for switching over to “entrance mode” for selection of candidates.
He asked Vice Chairman WB to take up with University of Kashmir, with which the College is affiliated, the issue of switching over to entrance mode for selection of candidates.
Presently, the students are being admitted on the basis of merit achieved in 10+2 examinations.
Besides, the CM has ordered increase in the college’s student intake capacity from 50 to 100, “so that the requirement of paramedic staff in our health institutions is adequately addressed”.
Favouring a revision in fee structure of the College, the CM stressed on making the institutions “self-sustaining” and called for “immediate corrective measures” to give all the aspiring candidates a “level-playing field” for selection.
“There is a huge demand for nurses in the health sector both within and outside the country. We have an available market in the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, where our trained nurses can be gainfully employed,” CM said.
Expressing concern over the absence of a Nursing Registration Council, whose certification is a prerequisite for seeking jobs outside the state and abroad, Sayeed issued immediate directions for taking up the matter with the University of Kashmir to have Council constituted at an earliest.
He also sanctioned a vehicle to the College. About the operations of the College, Principal Tanveera Makhdoomi told the meeting that the two Nursing courses of four and two year duration are presently being offered to the students.
Around 480 nurses who have passed out from the College have found placement in the health sector both within and outside the state, she said.
On reviewing the functioning of Mantiquee Memorial Higher Secondary School, Awantipora, Sayeed issued instructions to immediately take up the issue of affiliation of the school with the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora, “so that it becomes a feeding school to the varsity”.
He also sanctioned use of two buses to facilitate for the students of school.
Presently, 971 students are enrolled in the school where courses in IT, Medical and Computer Applications are being offered.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the performance of Sultan-ul-Arifeen Higher Secondary School, Kathi Darwaza, where 636 students are presently enrolled.
On being informed about the deficiency in teaching staff and the issue of renewal of affiliation with J&K BOSE after every two years, the Chief Minister asked VC Waqf Board to sort out the issues with the concerned authorities without any delay.