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Srinagar administration upgrading 180 govt-run schools as ‘smart schools’ – education

The Srinagar district administration has embarked on an ambitious project to upgrade 180 government-run schools as “smart schools” by equipping them with modern conveniences and learning tools, authorities said.

The overall goal of the project is to improve the learning outcome of public schools and bring them on par with private schools, they said.

A dedicated team has been formed for the planning, implementation and monitoring of the project, which will be completed in six months at a cost of Rs 6 crore, they said.

Under the project, which is part of the Jammu and Kashmir government’s “Back to Village” program, the administration will upgrade the infrastructure of these schools and improve learning outcomes through a series of interventions, including training of students. teachers.

Some of the interventions that are being carried out are the restoration of buildings when necessary, the improvement of furniture and equipment, the supply of water and power 24 hours, and the establishment of libraries, science laboratories, IT laboratories and smart classrooms. officials said.

They said that other highlights of the project are human resource management, capacity building and teacher training, continuous assessment and participation of society, infrastructure and sports games, skills labs and innovation grant. .

Before undertaking the upgrade of the district’s 180 schools, 120 in urban areas and 60 in rural areas, the administration conducted a pilot project and modernized 25 schools during the last fiscal year.

In a review meeting here, Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said the project was close to his heart, adding that whatever is necessary would be done to modernize schools.

“The district administration is interested in equipping these schools with the most modern facilities and transforming them into modern lines … the goal is to improve the learning outcome in the public school setting,” said Choudhary.

Work has started on about 100 of these schools located in both urban and rural areas of the district, he said.

The meeting was informed that funds had been released in favor of 25 schools located in the urban area of ​​Srinagar.

Another 70 schools, which have already been partially equipped with modern facilities under the centrally sponsored Samagra Shiksha scheme, will receive the necessary funds in due course, the officials said.

Principals from 25 schools that were upgraded under the pilot project attended the meeting and shared their experiences and comments, officials said.

These 25 smart schools will receive additional facilities for further upgrade, they said.

In each rural block in the district, 15 schools have been identified for updating through the respective gram sabha, they said.

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