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In absence of permanent shelter, over 32000 nomad students migrate from plaints to hills, vice-versa in 2020-21, reveal official figures

‘Seasonal Centres provided to nomadic population during its migration’

Srinagar: Having ‘no permanent shelter’, more than 32,000 nomad students across Jammu and Kashmir had to migrate from plains to uphill and vice versa during the academic year 2020-21.

According to the official documents accessed, the Jammu and Kashmir government has informed the Government of India (GoI) that the access to schooling facilities for the nomadic population has always remained a priority of the local government.

“Seasonal Centers have been provided for the nomadic population during its migration from one place to another in search of green pastures,” it reads.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has informed the GoI that “During the year 2020-21, at least 32,544 nomadic migratory children were provided education facility through 1521 seasonal centres.”

The GoI was also informed that the UT government had engaged at least 1748 Seasonal Educational Volunteers for the year 2020-21.

Meanwhile, the GoI was also informed that National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) training was conducted in online mode through DIKSHA portal and all 80,600 elementary teachers of JK were trained in 18 modules or courses.

“Moreover, under the Integrated Multidisciplinary Professional Advancement Course for Teachers (IMPACT), at least 34,000 erstwhile RReTs of Grade II and III teachers were imparted one month training course in three phases with 5 days face to face training in online mode through JKKN, 2l days field work and 4 days assessment and evaluation done by UTRPS and DIET faculty for certification.

“More than one million days of learning were covered through this one month online training course. The whole training programme under IMPACT has
been documented in the form of e-book,” the government said.

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