200 schools to be transformed into smart schools in JK, says Admin

Senior secondary students attend class in south Kashmir school. [FPK Photo/Qayoom Khan]

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, has dedicated the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s ambitious project of transforming 200 Schools into Smart Schools in tribal areas at a cost of Rs 40 crores.

The modernization of Smart Schools will be executed in two phases. In the first phase, works related to 100 schools will be completed by March 2022 and another 100 schools by December 2022.

On the occasion, the Lt Governor announced another major decision of the administration to provide scholarships to 21,000 children of Gaddi, Sippi, Dard, Sheena communities who were deprived of the same for the last 3 decades.

“In 1991, the Gaddi, Sippi community was declared tribal but their children were denied a scholarship. For three decades they kept approaching the administration but no decision was taken. This issue was brought to my notice just a few days back and we immediately decided that scholarships will be provided to the 21,000 children of Gaddi, Sippi, Dard, Sheena communities”, he added.

In his address, the Lt Governor congratulated the tribal communities and the concerned administrative departments for the historic beginning of the new era of educational empowerment of tribals in JK.

“Our priority is to secure the future of tribal children. Smart schools in tribal and remote areas equipped with modern facilities will develop scientific temper in children and make them future-ready, besides arresting the drop-out rate”, said the Lt Governor

The administration has formulated a framework for the functioning of the Smart Schools. Members of the tribal communities, PRI representatives, and the people associated with voluntary organizations will be involved in the management so that these schools could perform the role of ‘changemakers’ in our society, observed the Lt Governor.

“Lives are changed when people connect. Life is changed when everything is connected. Tribal Education Plan, Scholarships, Smart Schools will do justice to tribal communities in JK who were neglected for decades”, the Lt Governor noted.

These groundbreaking initiatives will also ensure that the members of the tribal communities can keep pace with the revolutionary and rapid changes happening around them and connect themselves to the world, he added.


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