JAMMU: Devised to give a massive push to the education sector in the State, the State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik approved Rs 200 crore for the next financial year.
Advisors to the Governor, K Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and Kewal Kumar Sharma, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam and Principal Secretary to the Governor Umang Narula were present at the SAC meeting.
“To build infrastructure in existing and 40 new Degree Colleges proposed to be opened in the State, an allocation of Rs 50 crore in the balance period of the current financial year and Rs 200 crore for the next financial year has been proposed for infrastructure augmentation,” the government spokesman said.
He added that required manpower with more emphasis on teaching faculty will also be provided for these Degree Colleges.
Taking note of the fact that more than 8 lakh children in the primary and middle schools are without benches and desks and study sitting on the ground, he said, the government has proposed to provide Rs 100 crore in budget to address this issue.
To ensure regular water and electricity supply to all the schools, he said, an allocation of Rs 45 crore has been made for next fiscal.
“Rs 5.50 crore have been proposed for reactivating EDU-SAT and setting up additional Smart Classrooms in schools,” the spokesman added.