Peace brings students seeking higher studies to Kashmir universities

November 14th, 2007 - 2:10 am ICT by admin  
Srinagar, Oct 13 (ANI): Gradual return of peace to Jammu and Kashmir is bringing an increasing number of students from across the country to seek higher education in Kashmir universities.

Continuous violence for over a decade and half had badly affected the region’s education sector besides also halting the development of the State.

Further, limited number of courses and colleges, besides obsolete methods of teaching had dampened the spirit of students.

However, with the globalisation of the education system, new avenues have been opened and new methods of teaching have been adapted to attract the youth to the Kashmir valley.

“Students come here to study from various states. We have people from Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttaranchal, Bangalore and Delhi. Currently, I can say that I have more students from Uttar Pradesh. I have nearly 450 applications with me this time,” said Shaheena Akhtar, in-charge of Kashmir Bachelor of Education College Association.

Students can be seen thronging counselling centres that have mushroomed in the region for information on various courses and colleges.

“People used to scare me saying that Kashmir is not a safe place and I should not go there. But I can tell you that this place is completely safe if you live your own life,” said Pushpa, a student.

Students are happy with the quality of education and they appreciate the efforts taken by the authorities.

“I feel the teachers here are more dedicated and they are keen on imparting knowledge. Even though many teachers cannot speak fluent English, they try their level best to help us out and make the learning process easier,” said Manish, another student.

These colleges, besides providing academic excellence to these students, also offer boarding and lodging facilities.

The fee thus collected is around 500 crore rupees per annum. This adds to revenue generation and gives a boost to the economy of the valley.

Due to disturbances in the Kashmir valley, education had taken a back seat and children were forced to discontinue studies. (ANI)

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