Zero progress on DSEK’s special boarding schools, identified land said insufficient

Zero progress on DSEK’s special boarding schools, identified land said insufficient

IRSHAD KHAN

SRINAGAR: Even as land was identified months ago for special boarding schools proposed by the School Education Department, with one projected in each district, the department has taken no further step for setting up the institutions, while officials say that the identified land was “insufficient” for the schools.
Conceived on the pattern of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) schools, the department had in December last year asked districts to each identify at least 50 kanals of land for the schools.
The proposed boarding schools, as per the department, would be “first of kind” providing career counselling to students from the elementary level.
The boarding schools, as per officials, would have a provision for co-education.
Several chief education officers (CEOs) told Kashmir Reader that there had been no progress on the proposal even as they had identified land for the special schools months ago.
CEO Shopian Mohammad Sadiq told Kashmir Reader that while 28 kanals of land had been identified in Sedav area of the district, there had been no communication from the department as on date.
In South Kashmir’s Pulwama, also, land for the district’s boarding school has been identified in Chandgam area.
However, CEO Pulwama M A Salroo said that there had been “no progress as on date” after the identification of the land.
Although they had identified 30 to 40 kanals of land at Hail Jageer in Sangrama constituency in Baramulla, district CEO Abdul Ahad Ganai said that there was no development from the department’s side.
In Srinagar district, 20 kanals of land had been identified for the special boarding school at Sonwar a few months back, as per an official. However, the school is yet to come up.
In an order issued last year in early December, the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) had asked the CEOs to identify the land in consultation with the respective DCs by December 15.
A top official in the School Education Department told Kashmir Reader that the identified land for the proposed schools was “insufficient” as per Government of India norms.
Each of the schools, the official said, required “at least 241 kanals of land”.
He said that the department was pursuing the proposal.
“We are even looking at possibility whether the schools can be accommodated in private land,” added the official.