STATE TIMES NEWS
SRINAGAR: As a part of the National Education Policy, a new enrolment drive to bring the children to schools under ‘Aao School Chalein Campaign’ witnessed 14.5 per cent increase in the enrolment in 2021-22 in Jammu and Kashmir as compared to 2020-21, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said earlier on Sunday.
“1,65,000 students have been enrolled in various schools of J&K UT. Under the unique initiative of the School Education Department, TALAASH Survey was launched. Through this initiative 20 Lakh children have been surveyed and out of which, 93,508 students have been found out of schools or never enrolled. Mainstreaming of out-of-school children has been initiated in the appropriate age schools. We are committed to provide education with a value system to all meritorious students,” the Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor said that the focus is also laid on vulnerable segments for enrolment of students in pre-primary classes and primary classes which includes nomadic children, children of far-flung areas, girls and SC and ST categories. He said at least 100 best teachers, lecturers of J&K UT are being sent outside UT for training this year, who shall act as master trainers, mentor teachers, and will work to improve the cognitive skill of the mapped children.
“For capacity building of Teachers, a student mentorship programme, Student and Teacher Engagement for Educational Reinforcement (STEER) has been launched in the UT which focuses on student performance in academics and to strengthen the learning outcome. As a Unique Initiative, Matri Bhojan Yojana has been implemented in UT, whereunder mothers are visiting the schools to ensure quality of cooked meal. MoU has been signed with Akshaya Patra for Community Kitchen in Jammu & Samba and it will be replicated in other districts too,” the Lt Governor added.
70,000 students enrolled in 714 government schools are being imparted vocational education in 14 different trades. 803 vocational labs have been established and 1122 more labs and 1352 smart class rooms are being established during the current financial year. A revolutionary step has been taken to establish 127 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) and 1420 Computer Aided Learning (CAL) Centres. 500 additional Atal Tinkering Labs to be established this year to translate commitment into action.
“An MoU has been signed with HCL TechBee, for providing skill training to the class 12th pass out students in the UT. Our effort is to instill creativity, inquisitiveness, scientific temper, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students as per the recommendation of National Education Policy,” the Lt Governor observed. The Lt Governor said the quality