Amidst ongoing unrest in the Valley, officials said that the
Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to establish smart classes in as many
as 32 schools in Srinagar by the end of the current fiscal year. A meeting was
held on Thursday to review the progress regarding establishment of Smart Class
Rooms in city Schools by Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, the District Development
Commissioner (DDC) Srinagar.
During the meeting, Dr Lone directed the Chief Education
Officer of Srinagar, and other concerned authorities to ensure timely
completion of the project besides ensuring quality equipment. The Chief
Education Officer informed that this project is being implemented through the National
Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) to ensure strict
quality control and that these Smart Class and ICT Labs shall be established in
32 Schools of the district during the current fiscal. Out of these 32 schools, only
22 have been approved under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyhan (RMSA) and the
remaining would be covered under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).
The total cost of project for each school under RMSA is
around Rs 8 lakhs, including electrification and Vinyl flooring, while as under
SSA, each school would get Rupees 6 lakhs. Also, the DDC has also released an
amount of Rs 38.80 lakhs out of Special Area Development Programme (SADP) to
meet the requirements so that smart classrooms or ICT Labs are established soon
to benefit students.
The government of
J&K also gave relief to school students by announcing mass promotion of
candidates wherein all students from Class 5 to 9 and Class 11 from all the
government schools and recognized private schools of Kashmir valley would be
elevated to the next level with immediate effect.