J&K 220 schools to get smart classrooms, vocational edu by March

As many as 220 schools across Jammu and Kashmir will be enabled with smart classrooms and 132 schools inducted with vocational education by March next year, the state government said today.

Minister of State for Education and Culture Priya Sethi said, “The state’s schools will be ICT-enabled. In the first phase, 220 schools across J&K will be covered under the programme by March 2016.”

The ICT involves use of computer-based teaching and learning in the schools to prepare the students for the future challenges in the technological advancement.

Under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) for smart classes, Government of India has approved smart classrooms with computer labs for 220 schools of the state under the ICT in school scheme, Sethi said.

The groundwork for the establishment of labs and smart classrooms has been completed and an MoU has been signed between National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) and the State Project Director, RMSA, she said, adding the target will be completed by the end of March 2016.

As far as Vocational Education (VE) is concerned, the minister said, “GoI has approved 132 schools for the introduction of vocational education with two trades per school out of the following four trades, including Information Technology (IT/ITES), Tourism, Health care, Retail.”

Sethi said, “The groundwork has been completed and MoU signed between National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the State Project Director, RMSA. Target will be completed by the end of March 2016.”

In the first phase, 132 schools would be covered under this programme with six schools being included in each district, she said.

In the second phase, 440 schools with 20 schools from each district will be covered under the programme. The Education Ministry has taken major initiatives in setting up of Model schools with the objective of e-learning.

The minister said that the development of 144 model schools in the first phase has been notified. “An amount of Rs 6.40 crores has been allocated under Capex Budget 2015-16 for taking up minor improvement works in the model schools,” she said.

On the issue of female hostels in J&K, she said, “100-bed girls hostel scheme has been introduced by GoI in Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) throughout the country. Out of 97 EBBs in the state, 68 blocks have been qualified for the establishment of equal number of girls hostels.”

“As many as 39 in Kashmir and 24 in Jammu and 5 in Ladakh are to be constructed and execution of the project has been entrusted to Roads and Buildings Department. The target for completion of this project has been set within one year,” she said.


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