Deputy CM inaugurates Smart Class Room at GDC, Billawar


KATHUA- The technological intervention in education has made the teaching-learning process interesting and involving besides serving as an important tool in achieving learning goals, asserted Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh while dedicating a Smart Class Room at Government Degree College in Billawar here today.

Dr Singh said that due to technological advancement the education imparting process is gradually transforming from traditional class room to smart class rooms which are equipped with audio-visual tools to enhance the interests of the learners. He said the concept of Smart Class Room is a stepping stone in reforms being introduced in higher education and government is eying to equip all the colleges with smart class rooms in near future.

Dr. Nirmal Singh appreciated and congratulated the college administration for maintaining quality infrastructure for the students mostly hailing from far flung areas. He assured that construction of hostels for students hailing from the higher reaches of Hills in Billawar region, construction of principal and staff quarters, introduction of new post graduate courses and related issues are being considered.

Earlier, Principal GDC Billawar Dr. Netar Singh presented the college profile through a power point presentation and submitted memorandum of demands to the Minister which included introduction of Bio technology subject in under graduate courses besides Post graduate courses in English and Math. He further demanded shifting of High school from the premises of GDC Billawar and provision for leveling of college ground.


During his whirlwind tour of Billawar, Dr. Singh also inspected various government schools including Upper Primary School Dharamkote and interacted with the staff and students.

Taking strong notice of substandard work on Government High School Building Dharamkote, Dr Nirmal Singh directed SDM Billawar to hold an enquiry into the matter. He directed the tehsil and district administration to book such culprits who compromise with the quality of works.

Later, Deputy Chief Minister along with a team of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) visited Garhi Fort to assess the status of the monument.

Dr Singh directed the team to work out a comprehensive plan envisaging renovation, preservation and beautification of this historic testament to promote it as an attractive tourist destination. He directed SDM Billawar to ensure no construction shall be made in and outside the fort area to maintain its pristine glory.

Later, Dr. Singh convened public grievance and redressal camps at Rest House Mandli and  Gurha Kalyal to take stock of problems and demands of the people of Billawar.

Meanwhile, several deputations from Mandli, Dhannu-parole, Bhadd, Garh and adjoining villages met the Minister and raised their demands and problems.

The Deputy Chief Minister assured that all their issues will be addressed on priority.

Dr Nirmal Singh said that the 100 bedded hospital, Pharmacy school, Juthana Bridge, KV School and establishment of Brigade Head quarter in Billawar were among the important projects which will be taken up soon.

DDC Kathua Dr Shahid Iqbal, SDM Billawar R.S Charak, XEN JKPCC, XEN PMGSY, XEN PDD,  Tehsildar Ramkot, BDO Billawar, EO Municipality and senior officers of the departments were present on the occasion.

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