Transfer Industry Destroyed Education, Now being Revived: Naeem Akhtar

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Naeem Akhtar
Naeem Akhtar, a file photo.

Education Minister Naeem Akhtar on Tuesday revealed that seeking huge money from Rs 50,000 to Rs 100 thousand from teachers was key to the deterioration of the state run education sector. He said he is making serious efforts to revive education, get it back on rails but the task being gigantic will take a lot of time.

Akhtar said he has already started rationalization. So far, he said, 3582 schools were closed which has speared more than five thousand teachers to be deployed at places which were in desperate requirement of the teaching staff. He said the department will take more time to complete the rationalization process.

Education minister said various schemes which had adequate funds available were not taken up in the recent past. He said the Union HRD ministry had released enough of funds for setting up 35 modern schools. Six years after the funds were not utilized, the funds were returned. These schools, the minister said, are now being set up. He asked lawmakers to help him identify spots where these schools can be set up.

Same was the fate of 63 Girls’ hostels funds for which remained unutilized since 2010.

Akhtar said while his ministry has already set up 225 smart class rooms across the state, two cluster universities – one each in Srinagar and Jammu, are being set up.

Minister informed the house that HRD ministry has approved two new engineering colleges, one each for Kashmir and Jammu. The approval came only yesterday, he added.

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