Rasheed proposes Shopian College in memory of Asiya and Nilofer
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday revealed that there are at least 3,126 teacher posts vacant in the Kashmir valley alone, while 1,225 such posts were available for lecturers.
In a written reply to MLA Abdul Majeed Padder, the Education minister, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, said that of the vacant teacher posts, 2,581 included those of general line teachers while 545 such posts were vacant under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme
As per the official data, there are 596 posts vacant in Anantnag district, which include vacancies for 440 general line teachers and 156 SSA teachers; in Bandipora district, 269 post are vacant, 169 for general line teachers and 100 for SSA teachers; Baramulla district has 385 vacancies of which 375 are for general line teachers and 10 for SSA teachers and in Budgam district, there are 176 posts vacant, all for general line teachers.
The same is the case in Ganderbal district, which has 177 vacant posts of which 144 are for general line teachers and 33 for SSA teachers. In Kargil, there are 70 vacant general line teacher posts, while Kupwara district has 116 posts with 96 for general line teachers and 59 for SSA. Pulwama district has 302 vacant posts, which include 284 general line and 18 under SSA.
Another 164 posts are vacant in Shopian district with 100 in general line and 64 under SSA, and in Srinagar district, 717 posts are vacant which include 661 general line and 56 under SSA.
Interestingly, the government details reveal that the summer capital, Srinagar, has the highest number of vacant teaching posts, accounting for 717 including 661 general line teachers. With 9 general line vacancies, Leh has the lowest, the data noted.
The government said that 1,225 lecturer posts were still vacant in the Valley in various disciplines under direct recruitment/promotion quota. “632 posts are that of promotion quota.”
“Besides, 1059 posts of 10+2 lecturers of various disciplines under direct recruitment quota were referred to PSC in 2016 for selection,” the government said. “Selection and appointment orders in respect of 915 candidates have been made,” it added
Meanwhile, the Education minister informed the Legislative Assembly on Friday that the state Cabinet had recently approved the opening of 17 new degree colleges in J&K.
The locations for setting up these newly sanctioned colleges are being worked out by the government, and priority is being given to uncovered areas, keeping in view availability of land and feasibility of demand with the number of higher secondary feeder schools in the area.
Replying to a question by advocate Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, Bukhari elaborated that the government intends to start academic activities in these colleges as soon as possible.
After MLA Shopian insisted that students from his district face huge problems in travelling to the University of Kashmir at Hazratbal – 55 kilometres away – and asked that a varsity campus be established in his area, Independent legislator Er Rasheed asked the Chief Minister to establish a college in memory of Asiya and Neelofar, victims of a gruesome case of abduction, rape and double murder in Shopian in 2009. Mass condemnation and agitation followed and the shocked district was shut for 48 consecutive days for want of justice and the identification of the killers.
“You could not give justice to their family,” Rasheed told the CM during Question Hour. “At least establish a girls’ college in Shopian to honour Asiya and Neelofar.”
MLA Shopian, MY Bhat, had asked his government to establish a university satellite campus in his district. “Students have to travel long distances, most of whom are girls,” Bhat told the House.
He also asked for the allotment of more disciplines in the already-running district college.
“I was expecting that Er Rasheed will appreciate the government for the announcement by CM that a college will be opened in his assembly segment, but he did politics, he resorted to politics in education sector too,” the Minister for Education told the house, apparently referring to Rasheed’s mention of Asiya and Neelofar. The MLA Langate, Rasheed, sat silent.
Interestingly, the seventh day of the ongoing budget session witnessed massive debate during Question Hour without any walk-outs or protests. Rather, the Minister for Rural Development and Law, Abdul Haq Khan, faced intense questioning over the functioning of RDD and IAY schemes.
Both the government as well as Opposition MLAs were upset over the share of IAY, with MLA Kanga Mian Altaf being vocal in his case.
The lower house of the J&K Legislature is witnessing the presence of all members including the chief minister as well as Opposition leader, Omar Abdullah.