755K first year college students to be given tablets in J&K: Subhash Sarkar – Times of India

SRINAGAR: In addition to the nearly 5,000,000 students in various undergraduate courses in Jammu and Kashmir, 2,000 school children from various Scheduled Tribes will be given tablets, Union Minister of State for Education Subhash Sarkar said on Sunday. The Union Minister made the announcement after his five-day visit to Kashmir on Sunday.

He was on a trip to the valley as part of the central government’s public outreach program.

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During the visit, the Minister visited various educational institutions and held detailed discussions with officials and concerned persons.

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Talking to media, he said the purpose of his visit at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to understand the ground realities of education infrastructure in the Union Territory.

The government said the higher education department would distribute 75,000 tablets among all students in the first year of the undergraduate course.

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Similarly, the school education department will distribute 2,000 tablets among students from indigenous communities.

Expressing satisfaction over the way things are going, the Minister said that the education department will work in mission mode to improve and enhance the performance in future.

He further said that skill development would be introduced as a subject and vocational courses would be introduced in all the colleges in the region in the near future.

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He said it would help students find employment after finishing their studies.

Talking about increasing facilities in government-run schools, the government said 2,000 kindergartens have been set up in government schools in Jammu and Kashmir.

This will help bridge the gap between public and private schools in providing pre-primary education and early childhood care.

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MOS also spoke about the benefits of the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme and called on all eligible persons to come forward and reap the benefits of the scheme.

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