Srinagar: The School Education Department has failed to introduce nine new subjects at the higher secondary level, a year after the much hyped announcement.
The department had in December last year, announced the introduction of the nine new subjects at the plus two level, in view of the demand for these subjects.
The proposed subjects include Public Administration, Mass Communication, Fisheries, Tourism Management and Library Science.
The department had even announced that 438 posts were being created to cater to the proposed nine subjects.
For Public Administration subject, it said that 188 posts-highest among the subjects- had been allocated.
Mass Communication, which is currently taught at university level and at a few colleges, had been allocated 40 posts as per the department.
The same number of posts had been reportedly created for Tourism Management.
However, the introduction of the new subjects remains elusive even as a new academic session has started.
Several postgraduates in Public Administration told Kashmir Reader that there has been no notification from the government even as admissions for a new academic session were being made.
While the government proposed to introduce the subject only last year, the postgraduate candidates said that they had been pursuing the matter with the School Education Department since 2009.
They said that they had been knocking the doors of ministers and other concerned officials to issue admission notification for the subject and advertise the required posts, but to no avail.
The subject, the candidates said, has great demand at the higher secondary schools across valley as they “had compiled reports from every corner of state”.
“Even the JKBOSE has framed the syllabus of Public Administration subject for 10+2 level…,” they said.
The candidates said that the subject was being taught at the valley colleges since last year.
They said that the department had failed to introduce the subject even after dozens of high schools were upgraded to higher secondary schools in the valley.
The higher ups in the department, they said, had assured them that Public Administration as subject would be introduced once the 200 high schools were upgraded into higher secondary schools as proposed by the government.
The candidates alleged that the ministers and officials had not paid any heed to their “pressing demand” to introduce the subject at the higher secondary level.
A candidate told Kashmir Reader that many of them had approached the upper age limit for recruitment.
An official in the School Education Department said that the proposal was stuck as the government was yet to tale a final call over the introduction of new subjects.