SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Tuesday inaugurated two smart class-enabled model schools developed by J&K Bank in south Kashmir.
The schools—Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Bijbehara and Government Girls Higher Secondary School Ranibagh, Anantnag—have been developed and upgraded by the J&K Bank as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to lend its support to the chief minister’s model school programme, the bank said in an official handout issued here.
Parliament Mehbooba Mufti, Minister for Public Works and Floriculture Syed Altaf Hussain Bukhari, Minister for Horticulture, Hajj & Auqaf Abdul Reham Veeri, Chairman & CEO J&K Bank Mushtaq Ahmad, Secretary School Education Shalin Kabra, Director School Education Dr Shah Faisal, local MLAs and MLCs, heads of various departments, officers of J&K Bank, teachers and students of the two model schools were present on the occasion, it said. As per the handout, the chief minister, while expressing his gratitude to J&K Bank, said, “I am thankful to Chairman J&K Bank for having lived up to his commitment of making quality interventions in education sector.”
“I feel delighted to see that J&K Bank has not only equipped these schools with smart classes and high-tech computer and science labs, but they have gone beyond by providing and upgrading some critical infrastructural facilities,” he added.
Mufti expressed hope that teachers and students would put in their best to make use of these facilities “to set the tone for making a positive change in education system to ensure a better tomorrow for all of us”.
“We are living in a different world where new wars would be based on competition of human resources and technological advancement,” he said.
Reiterating his commitment to making radical changes in the education system, he said the concept of smart classes cannot remain confined to few schools.
“We are thankful to J&K Bank and some other private players for having joined us in taking the education in the state of Jammu and Kashmir to newer levels of excellence,” he said. In her address, Mehbooba Mufti, said, “Children of our state have a better IQ than their counterparts in the rest of the country, but what is needed is to channelise all resources to exploit and nourish the talent.”
Commenting on the initiative, Chairman & CEO of J&K Bank said, “Education, as we experience throughout our lives, is the key to mental, social, and cultural development of societies.
“Only educated societies survive the challenges of change. Thus in every forward looking society education exacts major resources in terms of human, financial and social capital.”
“This is the basic idea of our engagement with education through our Corporate Social Responsibility. As means to socioeconomic empowerment, education receives a substantial part of our CSR funds,” Mushtaq added.