Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hostel facilities for 400 JK students at Delhi

In order to mitigate the difficulty of students from Jammu and Kashmir in finding appropriate accommodation in Delhi during studies, The Jammu and Kashmir Government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI) to provide accommodation to 400 students from the State of Jammu and Kashmir at PG, Graduate and School level in JMI.

The MoU was signed by the Commissioner Secretary Higher Education, Tanveer Jahan on behalf of the State Government and Registrar JMI, S. M. Sajjad and Union Joint Secretary (K), Ministry of Home Affairs, K. Skandan in presence of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, Union Minister for Home Affairs, P. Chidambaram, Union Education Secretary and Vice Chancellor JMI.

The Government of Jammu and Kashmir will release a sum of ` 16.22 crore to JMI in instalments to finance the construction of Hostel building including appropriate furniture and fixtures in JMI Campus to enable it to provide accommodation to 400 students from the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The amount so released by Jammu and Kashmir will be reimbursed by the Ministry of Affairs (MHA).

A Committee of representatives of MHA, Government of Jammu and Kashmir and JMI will review the progress of the project and the recommendations of the Committee will guide the construction and its accomplishment.

The project will be completed within 24 months from the date of commencement of the construction.

Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has flagged education sector as one of the important concerns in the State's policy planning and accessibility of higher education to the people in far-flung and remote areas is receiving considerable fillip. The Chief Minister is keen to see the students of the State attaining excellence in different fields of modern science and technology in various higher educational institutions in the State and outside. The need of such accommodation for the students of Jammu and Kashmir was being felt for long time now. The initiative in this direction taken by the Omar-led Government would fulfil this requirement to a greater extent.

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