SRINAGAR: Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday inaugurated a two-day annual book exhibition at SP Model Higher Secondary School.
The exhibition was organized by Directorate of School Education, Kashmir in which variety of books were put on sale and a total number of sixty stalls were set up by various publishers and booksellers from various parts of Kashmir.
The wide range of books which were put on display on discount rates during the exhibition includes history books on Kashmir, autobiographies, biographies, novels, inspirational books besides academic books.
Speaking on the occasion, Bukhari said that book reading is a good habit and through this book exhibition, “we are trying to go back to the habit of book reading which is diminishing in this modern world full of technological innovations.”
While speaking about the various steps taken by Education Department to fulfil the vacant posts of teachers in various schools, he said, “No shortage of teachers in schools across the state will be witnessed from this academic session.”
He thanked Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu for allocation of funds for up-gradation of various schools and recruitment of teachers.
He announced that incentives will be increased for those teachers who opt for the schools in far-flung areas while as there will be the salary cut for the teachers who opt for posting in Srinagar and Jammu districts. He said this step will be taken in the interest of the children studying in schools in far-flung areas.
He congratulated the students who have shown better performance in the recently declared results of Matric and 10+2. He said that the students in J&K are talented and they are second to none. He said that students only need opportunity and platform where they can showcase their talent and Education Department is dedicated and working hard to provide such platform to the students.
On the occasion, Altaf Bukhari also released the book written by Director Academics, JKBOSE, Farooq Ahmad Peer titled “A Critical Study of the Novels of Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka”. The forward of the book has been written by Shah Faisal.
Later, Education Minister distributed cash prizes and trophies among the students who were adjudged the top three positions holders in “snow art contest 2017” which was organized by Directorate of School Education.