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As JKSSB defers exams, LG says, same will be held soon ‘transparently’ 

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Inaugurates Chancellor's Trophy at Jammu University; calls for promoting sports as core subject; lauds budget for J&K

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB) will conduct the deferred computer-based written tests (CBT) soon, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday, reiterating that transparent and merit-based selection is the top-most priority of his administration.

He also welcomed the Rs 1.18 lakh crore budget announced by the Centre for Jammu and Kashmir and said this will help the “new J&K” to reach new heights of development.

Talking to reporters after inaugurating the Chancellor’s Trophy at the Jammu University here, Sinha said he stood by his statement that “terrorists and their family members were provided jobs by previous governments”.

“The examination (to fill vacancies in various government departments) has been deferred for the time being and will be conducted soon when the JKSSB will be completely satisfied (with the situation),” the LG said, responding to a question about the deferment of CBT, scheduled to be held from March 16 to April 05, by the government recruitment agency amid protests by job aspirants.

The job aspirants are on a protest over the past several days demanding cancellation of the contract with previously blacklisted company APTECH Ltd., technical investigation into exams conducted by the company and a strong law against those involved in paper leak scams.

“I have time and again stated that transparency and merit-based selection of candidates is our priority. We will not make any compromise on it,” Sinha said.

Asked about People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti’s criticism of his statement that previous governments provided jobs to terrorists and their families, Sinha said he stood by his statement which is based on truth.

“I will not like to comment on some allegations. This is a reality that 47 people were dismissed from government service for anti-national activities. What I have said is based on reality,” he said.

Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday hit back at Sinha over his remarks that previous governments in Jammu and Kashmir provided jobs to terrorists and their families, saying this “is not our tradition” but giving employment to “hooligans” might have been a custom in Uttar Pradesh.

“LG Sahab has come from Uttar Pradesh and was probably speaking about his experience there. There might have been a tradition to provide jobs to mafia and hooligans in Uttar Pradesh but that is not our tradition,” she had said.

The LG said the budget for Jammu and Kashmir for 2023-24, presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament on Monday, was praiseworthy.

“The budget should be looked into in totality. We have made our plan for holistic development with focus on all major sectors. The budget is commendable and it will help to take new J&K, the foundation of which was laid earlier, to new heights of development,” he said.

He said 70 percent of the population of Jammu and Kashmir is connected with agriculture and allied sectors and during the next five years, additional budget allocation of Rs 5,013 crore will be infused in this sector. “Security is a priority and so are other focus areas such as tourism, youth empowerment and education.”

Earlier addressing the gathering, the LG called upon higher education institutions to promote sports as a core subject.

“It is a powerful medium to ensure physical-emotional health, enhances learning efficiency and helps in character building,” he said.

He said sports nurture both mind and body and enable students to become well-rounded across disciplines.

“National Education Policy (NEP) has given us an opportunity to promote sports through a multidisciplinary system and end fragmentation in the education system,” he said. 

Pertinently, more than 550 sportspersons from various universities are participating in the three-day mega sports event ‘Sauhard’, an official press release informed.

Citing various reports and studies on the impact of sports on the mind of an individual, the LG said the researchers consider sports as a miracle for the brain. It is important that sports should be a part of our curriculum, he noted.

Highlighting the initiatives taken for holistic development of youth, the LG said the NEP is creating a progressive ecosystem for the students to translate their dreams into reality.

 “Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision for FIT India, Khelo India, National Education Policy, start-up opportunities, is building a strong foundation for India’s future,” said the LG.

The Lt Governor also pointed out that sports was deeply rooted in the ancient education system.

“Our Gurukuls had emphasized using sports as a tool to enable socio-economic change,” he said. 

The LG encouraged the youth to follow in the footsteps of prominent personalities who achieved excellence in both academics and sports.

“Nothing is impossible. You can achieve excellence in any field with your hard-work, dedication, right guidance and can build your future with your individuality and independent thinking,” said the LG. 

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to LG reiterated the commitment of the administration to providing all necessary facilities to sportspersons and making J&K a sporting powerhouse.

Prof Umesh Rai, Vice-Chancellor, Jammu University said that the varsity, being one of the partners for hosting the Pre-Summit of G-20 Group of Countries, has taken an initiative to organise an inter-University Sports Competition for the Chancellor’s Trophy-2023 to promote brotherhood among students and scholars of the various Universities and to build trust and social harmony.

From the ensuing academic session, students can pursue two academic programmes simultaneously as per the UGC guidelines, he added.

Chancellor’s Trophy is being held under the initiative “My Youth My Pride” to promote the concept of NEP 2020 which envisages sports as part of the curriculum and lays emphasis on sports-integrated learning and as a skill for a quality life, it was informed.

Participants will compete in various sports disciplines like Basketball, Cricket, Kabaddi, Volleyball and Table Tennis.

Vice Chancellors of various universities; HoDs, faculty members and students in large numbers were present on the occasion. (With additional inputs from PTI)

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