by Yawar Hussain
SRINAGAR: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led District Development Council (DDC) Doda has passed a resolution against shifting of the academic session to March in the winter zone of the Jammu region. It is seeking examinations in the Chenab Valley district should be held in the ongoing winter only.
Following the meeting of the Council last month, the Chief Executive Officer Doda wrote to the Additional District Development Commissioner Doda on the resolution stating, “District Development Council Doda held a meeting on 21.11.2022 and passed a resolution that exams in all schools of District Doda be conducted during Winter Session.”
The council in their resolution has argued that during the winter break students don’t focus on their studies due to the non-availability of electricity.
“The Council unanimously expressed concern that in two and a half month’s winter vacations students do not focus on their studies because of harsh winter coupled with non-availability of power supply. Accordingly, the authority may take appropriate decision in this regard,” the CEO’s letter reads.
In the minutes of the meeting, the DDC asked the government to revoke its order on shifting the academic session.
“Government should revoke its order of merging winter session (Oct- Nov) of schools of District Doda with summer session (March-April) and conduct exams immediately. Since due to harsh cold climate of the district from December to March and winter vacation for period of two and a half months, the students remain idle and their study shall effect badly.”
Earlier, the Jammu and Kashmir government shifted the academic session in the Kashmir valley and winter zones of Jammu division to March from October-November.
The idea of shifting was initially started under the previous BJPDP government but it couldn’t see the light of the day. After heated debates, the government this year shifted the session to March with all annual examinations in the Valley and other winter areas scheduled to be conducted in the spring of 2023.
How the administration will respond to the resolution that the DDC Doda unanimously adopted, remains to be seen.