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Javadekar reviews progress of Education sector in 'Aspirational Districts'
7/16/2018 10:40:20 PM
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, July 16: To discuss and fast-track interventions under key-policy indicators identified in the Education sector under "Aspirational Districts Programme", the Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai today attended a country-wide video-conference chaired by Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar.
During the meeting representatives of all the states shared present status for key policy indicators. Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister urged upon all connected Departments to fast-track the tendering process for the construction of 70 model colleges in the country. The meeting was informed that for J&K, Kupwara and Baramulla districts have been selected under Aspirational Districts.
The Union Minister also emphasized upon having toilet facilities in all schools in the country. He called for taking effective steps to ensure that all schools become open-defecation free.
Placing high priority on uninterrupted power supply in all government schools, Javadekar said the government is not charging any fee from their students, therefore, they should be exempted from paying regular electricity charges. He said that it is the duty of the state governments to take up the matter with the power regulators in their respective states and convince them so that government schools are charged at domestic rates only.
Highlighting the importance of including local legislators in the process of improving the education scenario in their respective areas, Javadekar said it is important that MLAs are also made aware about the status of education profile in their districts so that they can also do their bit to make the much-needed improvement.
Directing for upgradation of schools, the Minister said that it is high time that the schools presently upto 8th standard should be upgraded to secondary level and the secondary level schools should be upgraded to higher secondary level. He assured the centre would help in the initiative.
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