JAMMU, DECEMBER 18: The Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar today said that the education sector in Jammu and Kashmir is heading towards a defining stage owing to vital initiatives and far reaching reforms introduced by the state government at academic levels.
Addressing students and staff from state universities and colleges here at the central University Jammu, the Minister said that government is moving towards total overhauling of education system that had seen grave times.
The central University, Jammu had organized an interaction programme on the topic “Creating World Class Universities: The Characteristics and Challenges” with renowned academician and former Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University and former founder member of UGC Prof. Jalees A. K. Tareen.
“Our vision is to reach a phase where the society and the stakeholders establish a link and owns the responsibility to improve the system” he said and cited the example of who banning the private tuition by the teachers has been widely welcomed.
“Initially the move was faced with some criticism but gradually it was widely supported. So much so that in Kashmir the teachers even made their mind to do away with the winter vacations” he said.
Listing initiatives like opening of cluster universities in Srinagar and Jammu, he said the underlying aim of these is to create integrated institutions which will emerge as hub of educational activities and function round the clock. He also mentioned of the launching of first of its kind Chief Minister’s Super-50 Free Winter Tutorial initiative under which students of 10th, 12th class as well as medical and engineering aspirants will be provided free winter tutorials by top faculty from Education Department.