In a move to give evening life a fillip in the Valley, the governmentThursday announced that it will start evening nursing course classes in two colleges, one each in Jammu and Kashmir. Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar today said the Department of Education will start evening classes at Women’s College Jammu and Srinagar from the next academic session. He said to begin with evening classes would be started in nursing course. “The healthcare industry will face immense dearth of skilled labour in coming years. The evening classes will not only take care of employment problem in some measure, but it will also breathe a fresh life into the dull academic atmosphere in our state,” Akhtar said. The Minister was speaking as the chief guest on the Annual Parents Day function at Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Bandipora. He was accompanied by MLA Bandipora, Usman Majeed, DDC Bandipora, Sajad Ahmad Ganai, Chief Education Officer, Bandipora, Shadi Lal Tengloo, Senior Superintendent of Police, Bandipora, Shabir Hussain and other officials of the civil and police administration. Expressing satisfaction at the changes affected through the process of rationalization in the Education Department, Akhtar said more needs to be done and the teacher community should rise to the occasion and bring about a revolution so that Jammu and Kashmir sets standards in the field of education. “We should churn out a complete human being in our school, who becomes an asset and positively contributes to the social, economic and political development of our State,” he said. The Minister said the state of education in Bandipora, which has produced iconic personalities in various fields, remains a worry, but he hoped that the district will usher into a change which will set new benchmarks for the entire state. Lauding the staff of GHSS Bandipora, he said the school gravely contradicts the general impression about the state of education in Bandipora. “We have to introspect why this change is not percolating to other areas of the district,” he said. Regretting the loss of moral values in the society, Akhtar said the evolution of all cultured societies has started from the level of elementary education schools. “Cultured societies are built in government schools. In J&K, about 16 lakh students are enrolled in government schools while as only about three lakh opt for private education. Despite having quality human resource, we are not able to deliver the results we can,” he said. The Minister said he is facing the challenge of optimally using the infrastructure and the human resource of the education department built over the last 70 years. “We have to become the owners of our schools. We have to make the teachers accountable,” he said. He said there are no boundaries of caste, creed or religion in job markets where talent is judged purely on the basis of skills and intelligence, “You passport to job market is not your parentage or influence but skill and intelligence,” he told the student of GHSS Bandipora. Recalling the September 2014 flood, he rued that the process of reconstruction in the state has been undertaken by skilled manpower from outside the state, “Hundreds of engineers, architects, masons, etc are involved in the post-flood reconstruction process while as our own young boys have been kept busy in disruptive activities,” he said. He said an Information and Communication Technology class will be started at GHSS Bandipora along with IT and Commerce streams from next session. He also assured the management that the infrastructural needs of the school will be take care of to turn it into a school of excellence. The Minister later reviewed the functioning of the education department in Bandipora district. The meeting was attended by DDC Bandipora, CEO Bandipora, all ZEOs, some principals and other officials of the department.
2015 Kashmir Despatch