Srinagar,February 22,2017 CNS:Exuding full confidence on the ability and academic excellence of the teachers’ community in the State, Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today appealed them to focus on the overall personality development of the students in the State.
Speaking at a one day workshop on “Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme” organised by the Higher Education Department (J&K Govt.) on 22nd February, 2017 at SKICC, Srinagar, the Minister for Education, said that he will explore all avenues to help out needy students from primary to university level so that financial constraints do not stop brilliant boys and girls from attaining regular education anywhere in the country.
MoS Education Ms. Priya Sethi, Chairman AICTE, Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Principal Secretary school education, Shaleen Kabra and Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon also spoke on the occasion.
Bukhari observed that the teachers and students shall be helping him in devising a vision for J&K Education. “It shall never be one way traffic and as per my personal whims and likings. In this regard I shall be looking forward to receive my teachers and students anywhere and anytime,” he added.
Stressing on the need for simplification of eligibility criteria for availing scholarships under PMSSS including raising the present income slab of Rs 6 Lacs per anum, Bukhari said urged the Chairman AICTE to facilitate ITI engineering diploma holders to get lateral entry to B. Tech course under PMSSS.
The minister said that the responsibility entrusted to him is a tough one, but expressed hope that all the teachers and students shall be giving positive inputs for the progress of the educational system in the state to which he shall be always receptive and available.
Appealing the students for the optimum utilization of benefits under PMSSS, Bukhari appreciated the resolve of the students and teachers for bringing laurels to the state against all odds. Bukhari also pledged to remove hurdles that are faced by the educational institutions in their efficient functioning and vowed to make education a meaningful national investment.
The Minister of State for Education, Priya Sethi called for cooperation and hard-work from all stake-holders to achieve the objective of placing the students of the state in prestigious colleges of the country keeping the subject choice of the student in consideration.
Prof. Anil. D. Sahasrabudhe while thanking the organisers expressed his contentment that despite limitations the education of the state has been progressing well and making a mark even in CMAT and GPAT examinations.
He briefly discussed the nature of the PMSS scholarship and also announced supernumerary seats from the current session for various courses which are more in demand.
He also deliberated on the changed nature of the fund transfer from AICTE making the scheme hassle free for the students as well as the institutions opted by the students.
While Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education gave a welcome address, Dr. Yaseen Ahmad Shah delivered the inaugural address on this occasion.
The dignitaries who were present in the workshop included Vice-Chancellors of the Universities of the state, Director, Colleges, J&K state, Director, School Education-Kashmir, Development commissioner, Srinagar, representatives of UGC, Indian Nursing Council, experts from AICTE, principals of degree colleges and higher secondary schools of Kashmir divisions and others. (CNS)