Srinagar: The government is planning to open a boarding school each in every district of Jammu and Kashmir. The education department has asked deputy commissioners to identify at least 50 kanals of land in each of 22 districts across the state.
The schools to be constructed on the pattern of Jawahir Navoda Vidyalaya (JNV) and Kendriya Navoda Vidyala (KNV) will be first of kind where students would be given counseling about their choice of career from the day they joins the schools, officials informed.
The schools will be named as State National Schools.
In an order issued early this week, the directorate of school education Kashmir (DSEK) has asked district chief education officers to identify the land in consultation with respective deputy commissioners by December 15.
“We are looking to construct 22 residential schools at par with national level schools,” Altaf Bukhari, minister for education, told Kashmir Reader.
He said that soon after the land was identified in districts, the ministry would seek sanction for creation of such schools from the state government. “By March 31, such process should be completed in all respects so that my ministry is able to get requisite funding both from the state as well as government of India (GoI),” he said.
“We need to get land transferred to education department first and then we will go to the GoI for money,” he said.
“The aim and idea is to give quality education. We are targeting increase in percentage of students from J&K participating and succeeding at national level,” he explained.
Bukhari said that the students will be given career counseling from day one when they join the new schools. “My target is that within 36 months, the schools will be operating,” he maintained.
The education minister said, “We will let students to choose their career. If currently 10 J&K candidates get selected in IAS, we want the number to rise to 100 and for that these schools will play an important role.”
He informed that the schools will be separately for boys and girls.
“The school can be constructed anywhere in the district but it should be peaceful as well as site of attraction,” Bukhari said.
Marked as “most urgent” notification, the DSEK has said that these schools will be fully residential and co-education with classes from sixth to 12th standard.
“Identify a chunk of state land measuring at last 50 kanals, free from all encumbrances, at suitable locations,” the CEOs have been directed.
Meanwhile, the education minister said that he was aware of the infrastructural lacuna faced by state run Sainik School at Manasbal (SSM) in Ganderbal district.
“It is one of the best boarding schools we have in J&K,” Bukhari said adding there were some issues and he would be personally visiting the school campus to get them resolved.”