Srinagar: Buddhist Studies, Fisheries, and Mass Communication are among nine new subjects that the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) has proposed to introduce at the higher secondary level across Kashmir.
Official sources in the department told Kashmir Reader that the proposal has already been finalised and will soon be sent to the government for approval.
“The government was deliberating on this step for the past several years, after it received several demands from students and other stakeholders in education in Kashmir,” an official said.
The nine new subjects proposed to be taught are: Public Administration, Library Science, Tourism Management, Rural Development, Mass Communication, Bio-resources, Buddhist Studies, Fisheries, and Business Administration.
A total of 438 posts of teachers have been created to teach the said subjects. These extra posts will require from DSEK an amount of about Rs 18 crore per year.
The subject of Public Administration, for which there has been a consistent demand, has been allocated 188 posts, the highest among the new subjects. Mass Communication, which is currently taught at university level and at college level in a few places, has been allocated 40 posts, with an amount of Rs 18 lakh. The same number of posts has been created for Tourism Management, but, curiously, an amount of Rs 180 lakh has been allocated for them.
The subjects of Fisheries and Rural Development have been allocated 30 posts each, with financial budget of Rs 270 lakh. Buddhist Studies has received 20 posts with financial allocation of Rs 90 lakh.
Library Science, Bio-resources, and Business Administration would get 30 posts each, with yearly financial allocation of about Rs 4 crore.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that the process for introducing new subjects at the higher secondary level was initiated three years ago, but due to “sluggish” approach by officials, it proceeded at a snail’s pace.
Director, DSEK, GN Itoo told Kashmir Reader that the proposal was made after feedback from chief education officers of all districts.
“(The) government was continuously receiving appeals, deputations and student delegations who were seeking introduction of new subjects at higher secondary level. Accordingly, this was communicated to us and we were directed to create a proposal for the same,” he said.
Itoo said that the proposal will be sent to the government within one week. “As the government has been seriously pushing for this step, I believe and hope that our department will start the implementation process soon,” he said.