By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 17 Dec: Education Minister Arvind Pandey chaired a meeting of the Education Department at the Secretariat on Monday.
He issued instructions to include the condition of acquiring a minimum 50 lakh books so that the students studying in the state do not face any shortage. He also obtained information on compliance of HC orders by the private schools.
While reviewing the action being taken regarding the merger of the primary schools, junior high schools and high schools in the state being run at one place, the Education Minister sought proposals on merger of junior high schools with low student strength with high schools. With this, students from far off areas would not have to go far for high school education.
The Education Minister instructed the Secretary, Education, to ensure Rajiv Gandhi Navodaya Vidyalayas being run by the State Government were at par with public schools. Guest teachers were to be deputed for teaching purposes during holidays as per the requirement.
He discussed the issue of providing Char Ved education to the students of Sanskrit schools located near the Char Dham and said the necessary assistance in training would be provided by Rishikesh’s Parmarth Niketan. Water conservation would be promoted by scientists working with Swami Chidanand. The Secretary Education was asked to assist in organising a two-day workshop at Parmarth Niketan in which the 95 Block Education Officers of the State Government would participate as reference officers and, with the training received, create public awareness in the schools of their respective development blocks. Parmarth Niketan would provide free training, boarding and lodging.
Present on the occasion were Secretary, Education, Bhupendra Kaur Aulakh, Secretary (In-charge), Sanskrit, Indudhar Baudai, Director General, Education, Jyoti Yadav, Additional Director, Directorate General, Vandana Gabriel, Additional Director, Basic, Virendra Singh Rawat, Additional Director, Secondary, Ramkrishna Uniyal, Additional Director Shashi Bala Chaudhary, Ajay Naudial, Joint Director, Secondary, Bhupendra Negi and other officers of the education department.