MHRD funds for CAL centres in J&K remain unspent

J&K School Education department has failed to utilise Rs 59 crore funds released by Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for establishment of Computer Aided Learning (CAL) study centres in the government schools.

Principal Secretary Schoold Education, Asgar Samoon said the funds were released to project directorate of Samagra and transferred to Information Technology (IT) department some six months ago. “But there is no progress in establishment of the CAL centres,” he said.

“The funds were supposed to be utilised for establishment of 224 computer-aided learning labs in the government schools across J&K, however, not a single laboratory has been established so far,” Samoon said.

The CAL centres are established in schools up to class 8 while as the ICT laboratories are set up in Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools. “The laboratories are established in collaboration with National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology NIELIT, a government of India undertaking),” an official said.

Project Director, Samagra Shiksha, Arun Kumar Manhas said they have taken up the matter with the IT department to expedite the process. “We have conveyed them and convened meetings as well to speed up the process for establishment of CAL centres in the government schools,” he said.