Students face fear from all quarters, including forces, says Minister
Srinagar: All the members of legislative assembly will will have to contribute 1.5 percent of their Constituency Development Fund (CDF) towards educational tours of school children, Minister for Education, Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said on Saturday.
Speaking at an education-cum-sports festival ‘Khizaan-e-Gulmarg 2017’ organized by the Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA) in collaboration with Directorate of School Education Kashmir in Gulmarg, Bukhari said that school children have been undergoing tremendous stress due to on-going turmoil and there was need to organize such co-curricular activities.
“Our children have and are living (a life) with depression and stress every time. They (today’s children) haven’t seen (good things) what their elders have (witnessed) in the past. By engaging school children in co-curricular activities, we are trying our best to relieve them (of stress). I will soon release directions for contribution of 1.5 percent of total CDF of MLAs to education tours,” Bukhari said, adding that chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has already approved the decision.
In a rare admission by a serving minister, Bukhari said that today’s children face fear from “all the quarters”, “even from security forces” and that has affected their mental health.
“And taking lead, education department arranged the golf training for students and is planning to hold skiing training camp for school children in Gulmarg this winter,” he said.
With an aim to promote interest in golf sports among the students, around 150 students, mostly from Sainik School Manasbal, along with professional golfers from Kashmir participated in the event. Other sports activities like cycling and marathon, along with a painting competition, debate and motivational talks from students were also included. A Gandola ride for students was also organized.
Bukhari said the golf-coaching camp currently underway at Royal Springs Golf Course has been witnessing large participation of students from various schools.
He said the best three students which will be adjudged during the camp will get free registration at the golf course and that students interested in golf will be provided free training by the DSEK.
He said the dismantled Youth Hostel at Gulmarg will be reconstructed and announced that a 300-seater auditorium will also be established there. He also said facilities at Polo Ground in Srinagar will be upgraded so that night football tournaments can be played there.
Commissioner Secretary, Farooq Ahmad Shah said that their department has taken several initiatives to encourage supports activities among school children.
Later in the day, minister distributed certificates and mementoes to felicitate students securing positions in different activities.