Jammu: Lieutenant Governor ManojSinha Thursday dedicated the J&K government’s ambitious project of transforming 200 schools into smart schools in tribal areas at Rs 40 crore.
An official spokesman in a statement issued here said that the modernisation of smart schools would be executed in two phases.
In the first phase, works related to 100 schools would be completed by March 2022 and another 100 schools by December 2022.
On the occasion, the LG announced another major decision of the government to provide scholarships to 21,000 children of the Gaddi, Sippi, Dard, and Sheena communities who were deprived of it for the past three decades.
“In 1991, the Gaddi and Sippi community was declared tribal but their children were denied a scholarship. For three decades they kept approaching governments but no decision was taken. This issue was brought to my notice just a few days back and we immediately decided that scholarships will be provided to the 21,000 children of Gaddi, Sippi, Dard, and Sheena communities,” he said.
The LG congratulated the tribal communities and the concerned administrative departments for the historic beginning of the new era of educational empowerment of tribal communities in J&K.
“Our priority is to secure the future of tribal children. Smart schools in tribal and remote areas equipped with modern facilities will develop scientific temper in children and make them future-ready, besides arresting the dropout rate,” he said.
The LG said that the J&K government had formulated a visionary framework for the functioning of smart schools.
He expressed gratitude to Prime Minister NarendraModi for awakening the self-confidence of the tribal community.
The LG highlighted that the J&K administration was collectively spending around Rs 104 crore to strengthen school infrastructure in tribal areas and establish a strong educational ecosystem for the tribal community.
“Besides smart schools, we are also spending Rs 8.50 crore on the modernisation of hostels of the Tribal Department and Rs 4 crore will be given for the new hostels being built. In July, the J&K administration decided that two Eklavya Model Schools will be opened in Rajouri, one each in Anantnag, Poonch, Kulgam, and Bandipora, and Rs 21.25 crore is being given for this. Apart from this, Rs 30 crore is being given for scholarships,” he said.
Advisor to the Lt Governor Farooq Khan, Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta, Administrative Secretary School Education B K Singh, Administrative Secretary, Tribal Affairs Department ShahidChoudhary also addressed the gathering.
Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor Nitishwar Kumar, Divisional Commissioner Jammu Raghav Langer, Deputy Commissioners, HoDs, and Chief Education Officers were also present on the occasion.