The Minister for Education, Naeem Akhter Monday said that during last 2 years, 27 schools have been upgraded from Primary to upper Primary level under SSA and classes in all these schools have started.
The Minister was replying to a question raised by Dr Shehnaz Ganai in Legislative Council today.
The Minister said in the current year, 40 schools have been upgraded but classes are yet to be started.
He said 468 middle schools and 332 high schools have been upgraded under State Plan without the approval/concurrence from the Planning/Finance departments for creation of 5720 posts with financial implications of Rs 243.8 crore per annum.
Akhter said that there are 95 Government Degree Colleges functional in the state, out of which 23 were sanctioned during last 5 years.
He said government equipped these existing degree colleges with all necessary infrastructure facilities including buildings, laboratories and libraries to facilitate them to become fully functional.
With regard to opening of new degree colleges in left out areas, the Minister said that Higher Education Department has already constituted a Committee to look into the feasibility/other parameters and to devise a mechanism for establishment of new degree colleges at uncovered places/areas of the State.
“The Committee has submitted the feasibility report; however, an appropriate decision shall be taken in consultation with the Finance and Planning Departments subject to the availability of resources,” the Minister said.