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  • Cop guarding a shrine was killed in Chari Sharief and in another incident a cop guarding a separatist leader was killed in Soura

SRINAGAR: Two police personnel were killed in cowardly attacks by terrorists in two separate incidents in Kashmir valley. A police personnel identified as SgCt Kultar Singh who was guarding a religious shrine in Chari-Sharief area of Budgam was attacked by terrorists and fled away with his service rifle (SLR). Later on, the said personnel succumbed to his injuries at 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar.

In one more terror attack, terrorists attacked the police constable Farooq Ahmad Yatoo who was guarding a separatist leader Fazal Haq Qureshi at his residence in Bilal Colony Soura. Terrorists also decamped with his service rifle. The said police personnel succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS Soura. Martyr Kultar Singh of Samba is survived by aged parents, wife and two sons. Cases in both the  incidents have been registered and investigation set in motion.

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  • J&K has played a vital in upliftment of Education Sector

JAMMU: Secretary School Education Farooq Ahmad Shah has said that good and proper Education plays a great role in shaping our future and every individual and society is duty bound to make their effort in promoting the atmosphere of better education. He said that we cannot ignore the importance of Education in our life at any cost and that the education is the key to solve all the social, personal and professional problems of the people.

Secretary expressed these views during the conduct of “Young Brains interschool health quiz competition” held in Teacher’s Bhawan Jammu organized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super Speciality Hospital, Katra Jammu. On the occasion, he said that education helps us to be healthy, save lives, boost economic growth, earn money, promote peace in the society, promote human rights, bring good governance, remove corruption and make people aware about their Fundamental Rights.


Shah also said that good Education does not mean to study hard and get results; but it is to conquer new things for the betterment of whole mankind. He said that Jammu and Kashmir has played a tremendous role in upliftment of Education Sector. The increasing number of schools and colleges especially in Jammu stands testament to the promotion of quality Education, he maintained and also expressed that since the establishment of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Jammu, it has become the epicentre of quality Education and the day is not far that J&K would be recognized as hub of world class Education system.

Secretary school Education also added that our Education centres should be the torch bearers for achieving the futuristic objective in the field of knowledge and it is the duty of such Institutions whether in the field of Education, medicine or any other discipline that our Human resources should be utilized to its full potential of becoming the world class standard. He expressed that Jammu is also prospering in the field of healthcare and medicine and we should promote it all over India as well as abroad so that the world knows that our healthcare system is no less to any other. At the end he said that we could harness such facilities in creating medical tourism in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

The function regarding the conduct of Interschool health quiz competition was attended by near about 300 students of different schools of Jammu. On this occasion some of the officers from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super Speciality Hospital and other officers from School Education Department were also present. 

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  • ‘Govt to allow Pvt ECs to start MTech courses’  

JAMMU:   Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today said that the government has given go- ahead to University of Jammu for starting own Engineering College and for the purpose the varsity has been provided Rs 2.50 crore as initial grant-in-aid. Addressing civil society members, parents,   students and teachers here at the annual day function of Mahant Bachitttar Singh College of Engineering and Technology, the Minister said the move has come after the government decided to keep the twin engineering colleges established in Kathua and Ganderbal under RUSA, under the control of Higher Education Department.


Secretary School Education, Farooq Ahmed Shah, Director School Education, Jammu Ravinder Singh and senior faculty members of Government College for Engineering and Technology (GCET), Jammu were also present at the function. Asserting that the state government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, has accorded top priority to education, he said the engineering college at Safapora, in Ganderbal and Janglote in district Kathua have already started function with sixty seats each. He said the prime aim of opening new institution is to provide adequate opportunity for the growth and development of all potential students.


“Our target is to revamp the existing education system to make it compatible with the present day challenges” he asserted and said that government is in the process of implementation of a comprehensive road map to meet the infrastructure and faculty requirements at all levels. He hoped that the in the coming years the sector would witness a discernible change. Hailing the host college for having sprawling campus with adequate infrastructure, the Minister said the government would extend every support to the private institutions in consonance to the norms. “I assure you that government will give permission for running M Tech courses to private institutions if they meet the infrastructure and other standards”, he said while responding to the demand of the management of the host college.


“Every institution is for the benefit for our own youth and government has no reservations in permitting the private institutions to offer courses if these meet the set standards” the Minister said and asked the management to apply for the same and assured that the government will take the decision as per the set norms. The Minister appreciated the efforts and long journey of Mahant Bachitttar Singh for achieving his dream of establishing a prestigious institution. Earlier, the Minister interacted with the college students who have put up different models on innovative ideas for bringing improvement in existing technology used in day today life. The Minister asked the students to give their ideas a practical shape as it will help them to grow and serve the society.