Lieutenant Governor launches ‘good colleges’ in tribal areas of J&K | Education

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday launched the federal government’s bold project of reworking 200 colleges into “smart schools” for tribal communities in Jammu and Kashmir at a price of 40 crore.

The modernisation of colleges shall be executed in two phases with the primary 100 colleges being reworked by March 2022 and the remaining by December 2022.

The LG additionally introduced to supply scholarships to 21,000 youngsters of Gaddi, Sippi, Dard, and Sheena communities who have been disadvantaged of the identical for the final three many years.

“In 1991, the Gaddi, Sippi communities were declared tribal but their children were denied scholarships. 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,” he mentioned.

Sinha congratulated the tribal communities and the involved administrative departments for the “historic beginning” of a “new era of educational empowerment” of tribals in Jammu and Kashmir.

“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 drop-out rate,” mentioned the LG.

The administration has formulated a framework for the functioning of the good colleges. Members of the tribal communities, PRI representatives, and the individuals related to voluntary organisations shall be concerned in the administration in order that these colleges may carry out the function of ‘changemakers’ in our society, mentioned the LG.

“Lives are changed when everything is connected. Tribal Education Plan, scholarships, smart schools will do justice to tribal communities in Jammu and Kashmir who were neglected for decades”, the LG mentioned.

These initiatives may also be certain that the members of tribal communities can hold tempo with the revolutionary and fast adjustments taking place round them and join themselves to the world, he added. 

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