- Promotion quota for school lecturers would be increased from 50 percent to 60 percent
- Posts of Vice Principal would be created in Government Senior Secondary Schools
SHIMLA---- Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the State Level Education Conference on Universal, Free, Compulsory and Quality Education for all in Auditorium of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Agriculture University, Palampur in Kangra district today announced that the nomenclature of PGT of the School would be changed into Lecturers in the Education Department. This Conference was organized by the Himachal Pradesh School Lecturer's Association (HPSLA). He also congratulated the people of state especially Sikh Community on the occasion of Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti.
The Chief Minister said that he was particularly proud of the strides the State has made in the field of education. "We have achieved a significant shift in education, both in qualitative and quantitative terms," he says, pointing to major infrastructural improvements in educational institutions. Recruitment of thousands of trained teachers was in pipeline so as to ensure that every institution has adequate staff, he added.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government has introduced several schemes for making Himachal Pradesh as an education hub of the country. He said that Medha Protshan Yojna has been launched to provide financial assistance to meritorious students to prepare for various competitive examinations. He said that Atal Adarsh Vidya Kendra would be opened in the State for imparting quality education to the students.
The Chief Minister said that one should be a learner throughout his or her life only then one can grow in life. He said that teaching was a very noble profession and biggest profession in nation building. He said that no nation can progress until it has dedicated and qualified team of teachers. He said that thus the role and duty of teachers become further more important.
While nostalgically remembering his school days, Chief Minister said that he had to travel about 18 Kms daily, but today there were educational institutions in almost three Kms distance in the State. He said that but several educational institutions were opened with a eye on votes. He said that the previous State Government announced opening of 21 Degree Colleges in the State in last few months of its tenure by making a budget provision of Rs one lakh each. He said that the present State Government was focusing on strengthening the existing educational institutions in the State.
Jai Ram Thakur said that value based education was essential for a strong and vibrant society. He said that in coming times moral education and Yog would be made the integral part of educational curriculum in the State. He said that the teachers should also come forward to check the menace of drug abuse amongst the students. He said that apart from imparting knowledge to the students, the teachers should also minutely monitor behavioural change in their students.
The Chief Minister said that the promotion quota for school lecturer would be increased from 50 percent to 60 percent and posts of Vice Principal would be created in Government Senior Secondary Schools in the State. He also announced one time withdrawal in holding annual increment of teachers having low result.
The Chief Minister also released a souvenir on Universal, Free and Quality Education on the occasion. This souvenir has been edited by Prem Sharma.
The Chief Minister was also presented a cheque of Rs. 5 lakh towards the Chief Minister's Relief Fund on the behalf of the HPSLA by the members of Association.
He also honoured the meritorious students on the occasion.
Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that the State has been awarded as the "Best State" amongst the big states of the country in the 'State of the State Survey' conducted by a reputed weekly of the country. He said that the State today can boost of about 24 Government and Private Universities and over 18,000 educational institutions, but now it was need of the hour for qualitative improvement in the field of education. He said that teachers not only play a major role in shaping the future of the students, but also have capacity to give new direction to the society. He said that education should be valued based for making our nation a Vishav Guru. He said that the State Government has introduced Pre Nursery Classes in the Government schools to motivate parents to admit their children in Government schools. He said that over 250 Principals and 150 headmasters have been promoted in the State.
Former Chief Minister and Member of Parliament Kangra Shanta Kumar said that teachers have been entrusted with the biggest responsibility to transform the society. He said that he was happy to know that Himachal Pradesh has been awarded as the best State of the country in the field of education for which he congratulated the Chief Minister and the Education Minister. He said that it was the need of the hour to inculcate moral values amongst the students. For this, Yog and moral education should be made an integral part of our educational curriculum, he added. He said that the State Government was working with dedication and commitment to come upto the expectations of the people.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Vipin Singh Parmar said that State was poised to emerge as the most progressive State of the country under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. He also expressed his concern over increasing tendency of drug abuse amongst the students. Teachers should come forward to nib this evil in the bud, he added.
Director Higher Education Dr. Amarjeet Kumar Sharma assured the Chief Minister that the teachers of the State would ensure that Himachal Pradesh emerges as an education hub of the country. He also highlighted Guru-Shishya tradition in the country. It was unfortunate that today the respect for the teachers is slowly fading away, which needed to be introspected, he added.
State President of Himachal Pradesh School Lecturer's Association Kesar Singh Thakur while welcoming the Chief Minister said that access to quality education can bring a sea change in the society. He also thanked the Chief Minister for being considerate towards the developmental demands of the employees in general and teachers in particular. He also detailed various demands of the School lecturers on the occasion. He also urged the Chief Minister to consider the demands of the HPSLA sympathetically.
General Secretary of the Association Sanjiv Thakur welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion. He said that the dropout ratio in plus one and two classes was minimum, which shows the sincerity and dedication of the School Lecturers.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kishan Kapoor, Vice Chairman State Planning Board Ramesh Dhawala, MLAs Rakesh Pathania, Ravinder Dhiman and Mulkh Raj Premi, former MLA Dulo Ram, State Mahila Morcha President Indu Goswami, Chairman KCCB Dr. Rajiv Bhardwaj, District BJP President Vinay Sharma, Vice Chancellor of Agriculture University Prof. Ashok Sarial, Deputy Commissioner Kangra Sandeep Kumar, SP Kangra Santosh Patiyal were present on the occasion among others.
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