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PSAJK appeals parents to pay fee for survival of schools

Schools facing financial crunch, can’t expect unpaid teachers to conduct online classes 

(Asian News Hub) – Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) today appealed the parents whose wards are studying in various private educational institutes to pay the school fee as most of the schools are on the verge of closure due to the financial crunch.

The Association said that the fee paid by a student is the only source of income for a school and if that income won’t come on time then it creates a survival issue for the educational institute itself.

“As of now the physical classes in the schools are closed but every school is trying its best to compensate the loss by way of conducting online classes. Teachers have to do twice as much work to conduct these online classes,” said G N Var president PSAJK.

“When the same teacher can’t be paid on-time how can we expect him or her to teach the students. We know that online classes are no match to physical classes but still it provides something to rely on.”

The Association said that there are recurrent costs for school but the income is either stagnant or has drastically gone down. “Number of our schools are on the verge of closure. If the schools get closed in the absence of collection of fee, it will destabilise entire education sector. All our progress achieved during the last three decades will be lost,” said Var.

“The future of lakhs of students will be in jeopardy and livelihood of more than 60,000 persons will be lost.”

The Association said that it is a social issue and the society needs of come forward at this juncture. 

Lamenting on the role of government in saving the educations sector, the Association said that there seems to be no roadmap before government in this regard. “All packages, policies, guidelines etc seem to be on paper only.

We are yet to see government work on ground for saving the education sector especially securing the future of students and livelihood of more than 60000 teachers and other staffers,” said Var. “It seems education is of their least priority for the current officials at helm.”

The Association said that despite promises there has been no relaxation for schools with regards to official paperwork. “There was promise of grant of extension of registration and other NOCs but in reality everyday schools are being forced to get the certificates regarding affiliation, registration etc. Penalties are being levied on us.

There is no relaxation in taxation too. In short there is no relaxation given to schools and in return every school is being forced to teach students free,” said Var. 

The Association demanded that current registrations should be extended to 2022 due to the extraordinary situations we are facing.


Grenade lobbed on police party in Rafiabad

(Asian News Hub) – Suspected militants on Wednesday hurled a grenade towards police party at Drusoo area of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. However, no loss of life or injury was reported, officials said.

Officials told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that suspected militants lobbed grenade towards police party, which exploded some metres away from them.

However, no damage was reported in the incident while search has been launched to nab the attackers.


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Kishtwar Cloud Burst: Heavy rain halts rescue operation, 21 houses among 42 Structures damaged

(Asian News Hub) – Heavy rains have halted rescue operation following cloud burst in Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar district, officials said on Wednesday afternoon.

So far bodies of seven people have been recovered, while 17 persons were rescued in injured condition and five of them have been shifted to Kishtwar hospital, police said.

Sixteen persons are still said to be missing and operation to trace them has been halted due to heavy rain in the area, the officials told GNS.

“Bodies of seven persons have been recovered while 17 persons have been rescued in injured condition so far in Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar district,” police said.

As scale of devastation due to cloud burst unravels, Police said that 21 residential houses were damaged, two of the partially, along with 21 cowsheds.

Earlier police had said that six houses and one Ration depot was damaged in the cloudburst which took place during the last night.

“Rescue operation halted right now due to heavy rain,” the police said in a tweet.


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Violence was never part of Kashmiriyat: President Kovind

‘Democracy has a capacity to reconcile all differences to bring out best for citizens’

(Asian News Hub) – The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday said that violence was never part of Kashmiriyat but has become a da1sily reality now.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Kovind in his address at Sher-I-Kashmir-International Convention Centre (SKICC) during the 19th convocation of University of Kashmir (KU) said, “Violence which was never part of Kashmiriyat but has become a daily reality now.”

He said, “It was most unfortunate that the outstanding tradition of peaceful coexistence was broken but now, there is a new beginning to regain this lands lost glory.”

In the meantime, Kovind congratulated the young students of the KU who are being conferred with the respected degrees in this convocation.

“I have been told that nearly three lakh students are receiving degrees today and I am impressed by the number with more 2.5 lakh bachelors and more than one thousand doctorates, the university has made remarkable progress,” he said.

Kovind also said that the quest for learning and faith in knowledge among the students of Kashmir is really inspiring.

“Equally inspiring is the success of female students, just about half of the students who are receiving their degrees are Women and when it comes it gold medals, I was told that 70 percent of the winners are women,” he said.

Kovind said, “It is not only a matter of satisfaction but also pride for all of us that our daughters are ready to perform at same level as our sons and sometimes even better.”

He said that building human resources and infrastructure was the stepping stones to the higher idea.

Kovind also said that he was told that the KU has the distinction of being one of few in India with a dedicated centre for inter disciplinary research and innovations that will encourage young scientists for various fellowships across varied disciplines.

“Above all, I am glad to know that KU has responded to the Pandemic in a most praised worthy manner,” he said.

Speaking about the aftermath of COVID-19, Kovind said, “The entire world has been facing a difficult times. The virus has affected all works of life and education is no exception.”

He added that “Fortunately, technology provided a solution. All school, Colleges and Universities across India has continued to provide education in the online mode. After the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, the KU immediately shifted the academic to online modules and made each resource available to its students.”

“Moreover, KU also supported the administration by providing quarantine facilities at its main, north and south campuses. It shows how the contribution of the university towards the society can go beyond imparting education,” he said.

Kovind said, “Democracy, I firmly believe, has within it a capacity to reconcile all differences and also a capacity to bring out the best of citizens’ potential. Kashmir, happily, is already realizing this vision.”

He further said, “The youth and the women especially have high stakes in it and I and sure that they will not let go of this opportunity to rebuild Kashmir.”

Kovind said that in September last year during the consultation of NEP, he had spoken about his dream.

“I wish to see Kashmir as paradise on earth. Kashmir is bound to acquire its rightful place as the crowning glory of India,” Kovind said.


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