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  • Excellence and inclusion are key to J&K’s future

  • Enrollment levels, which were falling steadily before 2019, have increased within two years

Srinagar, Auf 20: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Saturday called for a new thinking in school education even as he underlined that excellence and inclusion are vital for J&K’s future.

The LG made these remarks at the annual day celebration of Devki Arya Putri Pathshala, Srinagar, an official press release informed.

It said speaking on the occasion, the LG observed that the school, started in 1910, has played a pivotal role in providing education to girls from underprivileged sections of society. The school has ensured greater access to quality education to students.

Stressing that excellence and inclusion is the key to lay the foundation of J&K’s future, the LG said there is a need for a new thinking in school education.

“Scientific temper of the students must be developed and one-to-one mentoring should be encouraged to generate curiosity and creativity. Intelligent, reflective and compassionate students would become the engine of innovation and development in all fields,” the LG said.

Lauding the indispensable role of womenfolk, the LG stressed that the new generation needs to know that the women of Jammu and Kashmir have contributed in many areas of nation-building.

“At the time of tribal invasion, women played a very important role in keeping the people together,” he added.

The LG also recalled Pandit Madanmohan Malaviya, and said that he was a pioneer of women’s empowerment and women’s education, and believed that women of our country are not less than men in any form and they should be respected as much as men.

The LG observed that in the post-Independence years, women were deprived of their rights due to draconian laws.

“Right to Education was applicable in the whole country but it was not implemented in Jammu and Kashmir. After August 2019, the situation changed and it was made applicable along with all 890 central laws,” he said.

Highlighting the interventions in the education sector of the UT, the LG said in the last two years, efforts have been made to provide quality education to the children.

“Under the ‘Aao School Chalein’ campaign in the last one year, UT administration has enrolled 1.65 lakh children. ‘Talaash’ app is being used to identify such children who had to drop out of the school due to some reason in the last few years. Till now, 86,000 such boys and girls have been identified and now they are being enrolled in schools,” the LG added.

“Enrollment levels, which were falling steadily before 2019, have increased within two years. Sustained efforts are being made for early childhood care and education as recommended by the National Education Policy. Despite the constraints of the Corona, 1.24 lakh children were enrolled for Early Child Care Education and we have decided that this year, 2000 Kindergartens will be established. This year we have decided that 14,000 girls will be provided NEET coaching on behalf of the administration, the expenditure of which will be borne by the administration,” the LG said.

Veena Chandhok, chairperson DAPP High School, in her welcome address highlighted the significance of education for girls and briefed about the journey and achievements of the school since it was established in 1910. The school has completed 112 years and has had a remarkable journey since its inception, she said.

Kailash Mehra, renowned singer and alumni of the school presented a Kashmiri Sufi song. She also narrated her time in the school and journey of her life after learning music from the renowned music legend Pandit Shamboo Nath Sopori in Devki Arya Putri Pathshala.

Arnav Sethi talked about the steps adopted by the DAPP School for developing students into leaders of tomorrow.

Master Sohail Nasir, a class 10th student spoke on Covid-19 and enlightened the gathering about various ways to prevent it.

Earlier, the NCC girls of the school presented a Guard of Honour to the LG.

LG felicitates ‘facilitators’ of Amarnath Yatra-2022

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Saturday felicitated officers of Civil administration, JKP, Army, CAPFs, NDRF, SDRF, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board for exemplary arrangements and smooth conduct of this year’s Amarnath Yatra, at the Raj Bhavan.

On the occasion, the LG also expressed gratitude towards the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for all the support and guidance, leading to a successful Yatra.

According to an official press release issued in this regard, the LG said he was also thankful to the people, civil society, religious and political leaders, medical staff, ponywallahs, pithuwallahs, sanitation workers for their support, total dedication to service of pilgrims and ensuring best possible arrangements for their comfort and well being.

Underscoring that Amarnath Yatra is a symbol of the ancient Sanatan tradition of India and one of biggest spiritual festivals for J&K, the LG said that 1.30 crore citizens of Jammu and Kashmir have wholeheartedly participated in the Yatra and have set a  new benchmarks of the rich cultural tradition of the UT.

Lauding the officials for their hard work, the LG observed that the successful event is the result of team spirit, sacrifice and service by all the officers.

The LG handed over mementos to around 110 officers for Amarnath Yatra-2022 in recognition of their selfless service.

The LG said that this successful Yatra has set many new records. Even after being the most weather affected Yatra, around 3.65 lakh pilgrims have successfully performed darshan at the holy cave owing to efficient planning, immaculate implementation and seamless coordination between all the stakeholders.

“Every person and every pilgrim associated with Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra is now the brand ambassador of Jammu and Kashmir and this amalgamation of humanity and spirituality is being discussed in every corner of the country,” he further said.

The LG also appreciated the LG Fellows, PRIs for their immense contribution in this year’s Yatra. “The management of cleanliness, water and security has also been commendable throughout the pilgrimage period. The feedback we have received from pilgrims is very encouraging,” he added.

Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, while speaking on the occasion congratulated all the officers present for seamless conduct of Amarnath Yatra 2022. He also acknowledged the active and vital role of the local people and PRI members in the smooth conduct of the Yatra. He informed that 94 percent approval ratings were recorded for the Yatra arrangements from the visiting pilgrims.

Rahul Singh, additional CEO SASB briefed about the various initiatives and elaborate arrangements which had been put in place for the successful conduct of the Yatra.

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