Government Initiatives September 12-18, 2021

An Assistant For Academia

LG Manoj Sinha awarded degrees to a student during the 19th annual convocation of the University of Kashmir at Srinagar on Wednesday, August 25, 2021

For intelligent assistance of academicians, Vice-Chancellors, Professors, and Students, Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha released Analysis of Accreditation Reports of Union Territories-Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in Srinagar.

Terming the Assessment and Accreditation process as an important factor to maintain the quality of higher education, Sinha said that the publication will work as an intelligent assistant for academia.

Highlighting the need to introduce new reforms to meet the requirements of the rapidly transforming education system and the changing market dynamics, Lt Governor said that the University and Colleges have immense power and a small shift in the curriculum can have a decisive impact on the socio-economic environment.

“The future belongs to those students and teachers who can realize their full potential and adapt to rapidly changing requirements,” observed Sinha.

As we are heading towards an era, which will be dominated by the knowledge economy, our biggest asset would be the human capital, a combination of talent, skill, and creativity, he said. “We are making efforts to continuously improve the courses in Universities and Colleges, incorporating students’ feedback to create a conducive environment for learning and innovation.”

 ELARA India Dialogue 2021

To invite investors from across the globe to invest in Jammu and Kashmir and be a partner in its rapid economic growth,  Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha virtually addressed ELARA India Dialogue 2021.

Elara Capital Chairman, Raj Bhatt, journalist Aditi Phadnis and hundreds of company representatives from across the country and abroad attended the dialogue.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor shared Jammu and Kashmir’s journey of economic growth and development from the past two years.

This is the new Jammu Kashmir determined to reverse the trend of the past seven decades by pushing the targets for economic growth and employment. Our aim is very clear, he said, to deepen the trust with the business conglomerates, build the industrial base for the economy and strengthen the social stability.

“The industrial holiday of the Union Territory is over and we are open for business. I invite the investors from across the globe to invest in Jammu Kashmir and be a partner in the UT’s rapid economic growth”, he said.

Kashmiri Migrants

Lt Governor Manoj Sinha releases Jammu Kashmir The Wounded Paradise authored by Jawaharlal Kaul

In order to redress the grievances of the migrants, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha launched an online portal. The Kashmir Migrants can log in to - or to submit their complaints.

The application filed on the portal will be disposed of in a fixed time frame under the Public Services Guarantee Act, 2011 by the revenue authorities under intimation to the applicant.

The competent authority (Deputy Commissioner) shall undertake survey/field verification of migrant properties and update all registers, within a period of 15 days and submit a compliance report to the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir.

Lt Governor, according to an official spokesman said the initiative will put an end to the plight of the migrants including Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims, who have been suffering since the 1990s.

Nearly 60,000 families migrated from Kashmir during the turmoil, out of which approximately 44,000 migrant families are registered with Relief Organisation, J&K, whereas, rest of the families chose to shift to other States/UTs. The migrants left behind their immovable as well as movable properties.

The violence has affected all. Out of those 44,000 migrant families; 40,142 are Hindus, 2684 are Muslims and 1730 belongs to the Sikh community.

Union Agriculture Minister

Lt Governor handing over sanction letters at Agriculture Complex, Lal Mandi.

As part of the  Government of India’s public outreach programme for Jammu and Kashmir, the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare minister and two Minister of State held interactions with farmers, horticulturists, agriculture scientists and other stakeholders to get first-hand appraisals of numerous welfare schemes and policies being taken in the region.

The Minister was accompanied by his two deputies—Minister of State (MoS) for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Kailash Choudhary and MoS Smt Sushri Shobha Karandlaje.

The Minister termed the region as an important part of the country in its progress while calling Jammu and Kashmir as the crown of India. He said this region is shoulder-to-shoulder in the country’s progress and development towards self-reliance. He made these remarks while interacting with farmers, apple growers and horticulturists at the Centre of Excellence at Zawoora Srinagar.

Additional DNB Berths

A medical oxygen plant being thrown open in a Jammu hospital. Pic: DIPR

In yet another major milestone for the Health and Medical Education Department in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) has approved 39 more seats for Government Medical Colleges and District Hospitals of Jammu and Kashmir.

Out of the 39 sanctioned seats, 17 seats are post MBBS, DNB seats and 22 are post MBBS Diploma seats. With this, the total PG seat approval for Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 124 (102 DNB and 22 Diploma) and this is over and above the DM/MCH and MD/MS courses already being run in Jammu and Kashmir.

District Hospital, Kulgam in a significant development gets accreditation in General Medicine and was granted 2 seats for Diplomate of National Board (DNB) by the National Board of Examination and has become 3rd District Hospital to start DNB courses. With this, the total seats granted for District Hospitals of Jammu and Kashmir are 10. Pertinent to mention that earlier DH Gandhi Nagar had got 6 seats in Anesthesia and Medicine and DH JLNM Srinagar had got 2 seats in Medicine.

Mission Director, NHM, Yasin Choudhary while giving details about the development said that, under the DNB programme in Jammu and Kashmir, a total of 144 applications were submitted by various health institutions out of which 53 applications are approved till date against which 124 seats have been granted to the accredited departments consequent to the concerted efforts and hard work of the administrative department.

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