Srinagar, May 20 – JKGovernor, N. N. Vohra, said that the late Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi was, interalia, seriously interested in the growth of certain core areas of human development, especially literacy and education, adding that the Foundation had done a lot in this sector in Kashmir over the past many years.
The Governor was speaking after launching three publications brought out by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation at a function held here today. These publications are “Discovering Kashmir”, “Chalak Gagur” and “Dana Tser”. He said that the Foundation had made an outstanding contribution by developing an attractive teaching manual for school children studying in different classes.
The Governor complimented Rajiv Gandhi Foundation for doing a yeoman’s service in variant fields and making particular contribution towards the promotion of education and literacy in J&K.
He said that the step taken by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation to develop a teaching manual for middle school children of Kashmir, in collaboration with Creative Learning for Change,
The Governor while describing the manual, “Discovering Kashmir”, as a storehouse of knowledge, said that there is need for publishing such books which are attractive, easy to read and understand so that these create an exciting relationship between children and the source of knowledge. He said that the book, with excellent pictures and drawings, has demonstrated all about
The Governor appealed to the Education Minister, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, to consider making ‘Discovering Kashmir’ a text book. He emphasized upon the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation to bring out such interesting and informative books about
Referring to the release of ‘Chalak Gagur’ and ‘Dana Tser’, the Governor said that these story books in Kashmiri language will make interesting reading for children. He said that there is need for promotion of local languages and literature.
The Governor emphasized the need for innovating teaching strategies for better results. He said that the children are our future, adding that their proper orientation will help in making
Minister for Education, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, also addressed the function.
Sayeed in his remarks said that
The Minister also dwelt on various initiatives being taken by the Government for expanding and upgrading education infrastructure across the State to improve the quality and reach of education, as this being the key to all round development. He also spoke about the steps being taken for the promotion of female education and computer literacy. He said that side by side imparting quality education, the focus is also on moral education.
The function was organized by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in collaborationwith Help Foundation, Creative Learning for Change, National Book Trust, Department of Education and INTACH
Chairperson, Help Foundation, Ms. Nighat Shafi dwelt on the activities of the Foundation.
Secretary, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation,
Dr. Showkat Shan and Ms. Suraya Rasool read out some excerpts from “Chalak Gagur” and “Dana Tser” on the occasion.
A power point presentation on ‘Discovering Kashmir’ was made by Feisal Alkazi of Creative Learning for Change,
Earlier, children from Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Kothi Bagh, Srinagar and Human Aid Society, Baramulla presented songs, while National Bhand Theatre, Wathoora presented Sufiyana Mosiqui.
Prominent among those present on the occasion were Chairman, Public Service Commission, Mr. M. S. Pandit, Secretary Education, G. A. Peer, Director Doordarshan,