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New policy for educational institutions soon: Azad

Written by: Staff

Jammu, Mar 2 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said within six months the government would come up with an objective and rationalised education policy to ensure that no area is left uncovered with regard to availability of educational facilities and required infrastructure in the state.

Responding to the supplementary questions raised by MLAs with regard to opening of new colleges and upgrade of schools during question hour in Legislative Assembly, Mr Azad said government is abreast with the demands for degree colleges pouring in from various areas.

He said 22 new colleges have already been opened under Prime Minister's package and subsequent approval of more colleges by Union Ministry for Human Resources (HRD) in various areas. Certain criteria are to be taken in consideration at the time of opening of new colleges. In urban areas, population is considered as main criterion for opening of such institutions while in rural area the distance from the existing college is given priority, he added.

Regarding the new and upgrade of existing schools, the CM said his government has decided to first concentrate on the development of infrastructure for the new and upgraded schools within next one and a half years.

He observed that the development of new infrastructure for these schools was the top priority before the government. He requested all the MPs, MLAs and MLCs to use 90 per cent of their constituency development funds for developing the infrastructure for newly opened and upgraded schools in their respective areas. Since the state government is receiving sufficient funds for the development of other infrastructure like road and many more under various central schemes, representatives should use their Central Development Fund (CDF) for these schools, the CM suggested.

Congratulating former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and former Education Minister Harsh Dev Singh for the expansion of education and opening up of numerous educational institutions in the state, he said attention has to be now given on rationalisation and infrastructure development.

''I want schools where students are not compelled to study under the shade of trees of these are without classrooms, laboratory and library facilities and required teachers. We have to create proper infrastructure coupled with congenial atmosphere for education in the institutions,'' he added.

The CM said newly opened colleges under PM's package or HRD's assistance have sufficient funds for infrastructure development, however ''we have to think about thousands of newly opened schools which require necessary infrastructure involving huge funds.'' UNI HGV RKS SI DB1959

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