Govt to consolidate infra, teaching staff in rural areas: Edu min

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JAMMU: The government is resolute to fill gaps in education sector and work towards consolidation of infrastructure and teaching staff in rural districts, including Ladakh region, Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari stated on Thursday.
Addressing a gathering of students here at the annual day function of All Ladakh Students Welfare Association Jammu (ALSWAJ), the minister said as a short-term measure, the government has decided to engage candidates on academic arrangements to meet the dearth of teaching staff and in areas like Leh and Kargil, the selected candidates would be given 30 percent more emoluments than paid to the people in other areas. However, he said government has set the target to fill all vacancies of assistant professors, lecturers and teachers in next six months, an official handout read.
Recalling his recent visit to Ladakh with chief minister, Khan said that he was highly impressed by seeing the huge strength of girl students at the Government Degree College Kargil. “This reflects the progressive approach of the community,” he added.
The minister also announced that the government has approved degree college for Drass meeting the long pending demand of the locals. He said the government was ready to start the classes from the current session and sought cooperation of LAHDC (Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council) Kargil chairman in identifying a spacious building to run the classes till the campus was established.
He said, “Government has decided to hire private buildings for new colleges contrary to the past practice of running these from higher secondary schools, which does not go well with the scheme of things.”
The minister also informed that during her visit to Kargil, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti sanctioned funds for up-gradation of the GDC, hostel and college buses. He said the government was committed to meet the education requirements of all regions. He also announced that the government has allotted 5 kanal land for the establishment of girls’ hostel for Jammu, read the handout.
In his address, chairman LAHDC, Kargil, Kachu Ali Khan urged the youth of Ladakh to strive hard to meet their goals, especially achieving educational and professional excellence. He reminded them that the problems the region was facing on account of dearth of doctors, teachers and professors could be overcome only when they achieve distinction in their lives, it added.