TAD Launches Flagship Education Initiatives at JK Hostels

Jammu, Jul 2 (PTI) The Tribal Affairs Departments of Jammu and Kashmir (TAD) on Saturday approved a series of reforms for hostels in Jammu and Kashmir to provide state-of-the-art educational facilities to tribal students and to focus on results. quality education and skills.

The Union Territory Level Committee headed by the Secretary, TAD, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary has approved a number of measures and programs to be launched with immediate effect from the current academic year to provide such facilities , said an official.

The approval was given at a meeting including Special Secretary, Harun Malik, Secretary Gujjar and Bakerwal Advisory Board, Mukhtar Ahmed Choudhary, Director of Tribal Affairs, Mushir Ahmed Mirza and Financial Advisor Ashok Thukaan.

In a significant move, the official said, the department has approved the “Technology Enabled Education Scheme” for hostel students under which students enrolled in Class 11, 12 and PG courses will receive Tab-PCs with Preloaded study materials including books, animations, mind maps, resource materials, and references.

Students will be allowed to own the tab even after being relieved from hostels at the end of the course, he said, adding that more than 1,000 students studying in notified classes will receive these tabs by July 31.

The official said the Tribal Research Institute (TRI) was contracted to design the courses and content for the tabs and supply to the students.

The hostel tuition system has also been boosted with the improvement of tutor fees from the existing rates of Rs 1,000, Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,500 for tutors in classes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 11 and 12 at Rs. 3,000, Rs 4,500 and Rs 6,000 per month, respectively, a three to four times increase, the official said.

In an effort to provide educational facilities to students throughout the year, he said the TAD has notified that hostels will operate and remain operational for 12 months instead of the current 10 month per year system in vogue.

“Special classes will be held during the vacation period to upgrade students, including tribal students who volunteer to enroll in these classes,” the official said.

He said the committee had also approved a 75% improvement in the daily diet rate, increasing it to Rs 175 per pupil per day with immediate effect from the existing Rs 100 per pupil per day and further recommended a upgrade to Rs 300 per pupil per day to be reflected in revised budget estimates.

The official said the committee also considered the proposal for 25 new hostels which are in the process of being approved for the current financial year at a cost of Rs 100 crore and the completion of languid hostels, many of which were on hold in the absence of the required approvals and code formalities for the past. years. PTI TAS SKL AQS AQS

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