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Samoon reviews functioning of Career Counselling Centres

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SRINAGAR : Principal Secretary, School Education and Skill Development, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon today chaired a meeting of senior officers to review online career counselling initiatives of the Technical Education department.

The meeting was informed that the Career Counseling Centres have been established for guiding the educated (unemployed) youth of the UT in opting professional, skill development and non professional courses as per the present day demand.

The Principal Secretary stressed upon the concerned officers to provide all the requisite facilities to the youth/students willing to go for higher studies and for the vocational and skill development courses.

He said that the aim of starting the Career Counseling Centres was to encourage the youth for the skill development courses. “The youth trained in certain skills can opt for self employment schemes like Seed Capital Fund, Youth startup Loan Scheme, Women Entrepreneurship Programme, Himayat, Sanklap etc” he added.

The meeting decided to set up online Career Counseling Centre/Portal in Udhampur and Ganderbal districts where 4G network services are available.

The Principal Secretary also said that the aim of the career counselling centre is dissemination of information/education and communication so that not a single unemployed youth of Jammu and Kashmir is left unattended in choosing the right career.

Among others the meeting was attended by Director EDI, G M Dar; Director Skill Development Department, Sajad Ahmed; Additional Secretary, Labour & Employment, Showkat Ahmed; Managing Director, Skill Development, Dr Ghulam Nabi. While Director, School Education Kashmir, Mohammad Younis; Joint Director Planning; Additional Secretary School Education attended meeting through video conferencing.

…reviews status of PAB meeting decisions for Samagra Shiksha, MDM scheme

SRINAGAR : Principal Secretary, School Education and Skill Development, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, today convened a meeting to review and discuss the status of directions given during Programme Approval Board (PAB) meeting of Samagra Shiksha and Mid-day-Meal (MDM) schemes for the year 2020-21.

Threadbare discussion was held on the action taken on various issues including coverage of Children, School working days, Funds flows mechanism, Management Monitoring and Evaluation (MME), Engagement of Cook-cum-Helpers (CCHs) and Honorarium, Kitchen-cum-Store, Kitchen Devices, School Nutrition (Kitchen) Gardens, School Health Programme, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), Supplementary Nutrition, Testing of meals, Grievance Redressal Mechanism and status of disposal of complaints, Training of Cook-cum-Helpers and other capacity building activities, Centralized Kitchens, Social Audit and Allowances during closure of schools due to Covid-19.

Principal Secretary asked the concerned authorities to keep close coordination with the Health Department to ensure hundred percent coverage of children under various provisions of RBSK. He said that testing of meals by NABL accredited/Third party accredited laboratory shall be conducted after reopening of schools during the year 2020-21. He also directed them to develop School Nutrition Gardens in all the remaining schools besides ensuring completion of procurement of sanctioned new kitchen devices.

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