Jammu: 100 open-sky schools to get buildings

Jammu: Nearly 100 open-sky schools in Jammu district, which often face closure due to bad weather, will get buildings by this year-end under the Jammu and Kashmir governments TAMIER project, an official said today.

Sub-divisional magistrates have been assigned the job of supervising the construction of these buildings by the rural development department, District Development Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said.

“The target is to construct 100 buildings by the end of this year under the TAMIER project,” he said.

Students in remote areas of the district face hardships due to lack of proper infrastructure at open-sky schools, which functioning without buildings and often face closure due to bad weather.

Choudhary, who is heading a district-level committee to monitor the progress of construction on a weekly basis, said the project is expected to be completed before the end of this year.

The education department has sponsored 45-50 per cent funds for the project while the remaining funds are being provided under convergence of various schemes, the officer said.

He said that an assessment of the open-sky schools was done in June, and it was found that 163 schools in the district do not have a building.

“Accordingly a project was worked out with convergence of schemes and manpower of departments as well as community resources for providing buildings to open-sky schools,” the officer said.

The 100 buildings will replace the open-sky schools this year. This would benefit 3,400 students, Choudhary said, adding that the schools selected have enrolment of 20 and above.

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