Srinagar: The University of Kashmir on Saturday announced its decision to adopt four government schools in Hazratbal area and develop them as Model Schools, a concept flagged by state Education Minister Naeem Akhtar.
Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof Khurshid Andrabi announced this decision during the visit of the Education Minister to the area today, an official spokesman said.
Akhtar said various new concepts have been introduced over the past few months to give new direction to the education system in the State.
He said the concept of Model Schools and Smart Classes is a part of the same initiative.
He said the Central University of Kashmir has also been asked to adopt at least four schools in Ganderbal and Budgam districts and develop them as Model Educational Institutions.
He said similarly National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar and other such institutions have also agreed to adopt cluster of schools in their respective catchment areas.
The Minister said in Jammu also, University of Jammu, Central University Jammu and other institutions have also agreed to adopt schools in their catchment areas for overall development.
Enumerating on the concept of Model Schools, Akhtar said under the initiative some existing schools are proposed to be converted into Model Schools.
The Higher Secondary School that is chosen to be the Model School will be the focal point for monitoring quality of education in a cluster of schools of the level of High Schools, Middle Schools and Primary Schools that are feeding schools providing elementary education to the children, he said.
Akhtar said requisite funds in addition to the plan money,
shall be generated thorough various means like utilising appropriate components under Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSSs), getting support from private sector by way of CSR initiatives and requesting the legislators representing the area to adopt at least one model school (along with its cluster) and support the same from their CDF.
The Minister said that the scheme envisages provision of adequate physical infrastructure by undertaking requisite upgradation to the Model School, enrichment of the school environment by engaging children in co-curricular activities and strengthening the academics by undertaking measures related to human resources.
He said the Model School shall have a flag, school anthem and other such symbols that would distinguish it from others and instill a sense of belonging amongst the students and staff.
He said by adopting the Model School system we will be able to produce students at par with reputed private schools. He said we have to build a new building out of debris adding that there is no dearth of efficient and qualified teaching staff in the government schools.