18th State Wakaf Council meet: Auqaf min stresses on providing quality education to needy people

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JAMMU: Stressing on the need for utilising its donations for the welfare, especially for providing quality education to poor people, Minister for Revenue, Haj & Auqaf and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri on Thursday asked the State Wakaf Council to take requisite steps in this regard.
“Efforts should be made to establish model educational institutions or to upgrade the existing schools being run by Auqaf Islamia with modern facilities so that quality education is provided to the people of beneficiary community”, the minister said.
The minister said this while chairing the 18th meeting of State Wakaf Council, here.
While reviewing the status of action taken on the decisions of the 17th meeting of the council, the minister was briefed regarding developmental activities being carried out by Auqaf department including the status of establishment of three nursing colleges by the Wakaf Council at Rajouri, Jammu and Kishtwar.
All three nursing colleges, according to an official handout, are functional. At Rajouri, the college is being run in the BGSBU campus while as in Jammu and Kishtwar; classes are being run in a private building on rent basis. 8 marla each has been identified for setting up of college building and proposal submitted to the BGSBU for further process, it read.
Regarding construction of student’s hostel in Jammu, it was informed that the hostel building was ready and soon the applications would be called for utilising it properly and making it fully functional.
Progress in other issues as decided in the last meeting including preparation of master plan for Shahdara Sharief, status of establishment of Skill and Employability Enhancement Institute at Smailpur, construction of flats/shopping complexes on Wakaf land and others were also discussed.
With regard to leasing out the Wakaf property situated at Palika Bazar, Residency Road Jammu, the minister asked Special Officer Auqaf to give wide publicity through the media in both the divisions so that people would apply for leasing process. He also urged the council members to publicise it on personal level so that objective behind constructing the shopping complex would be fulfilled.
The council approved construction of building for school established by Auqaf Islamia at Ziarat Chottey Shah Sahib, Mendhar where at present 55 students are being provided free education, lodging and boarding facilities.
To make Millat International School, Chowadhi in Jammu as one of the best educational institutions of the state, the council decided for constitution of a sub-committee and to engage some renowned educationist to help in revamping the school.
The minister, who is also the chairman of the council said that serious efforts needed to be taken not only from Auqaf side but on personal level also so that this school comes up as a premiere institution in the state. All the members also gave their suggestions for better functioning of the school.
To provide financial assistance to the destitute and physically disabled poor people of the state, the council accorded approval for creation of a corpus fund of Rs 10 lakh per annum in the office of CEO, State Wakaf Council with contribution from various units of Wakaf Council.
The financial assistance would be provided to the needy people suffering from life consuming diseases for their treatment after proper medical verification process.
The council also proposed for creation of a kitty of Rs 5 lakh so that students of the community, below poverty line pursuing technical course including preparation for civil services would be provided financial assistance, the handout further read.
It was decided that council meeting would be called every three months so that decisions could be reviewed and performance monitored on real time basis.