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20 new hostels coming up for tribal students in Jammu and Kashmir

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Twenty new hostels in Jammu and Kashmir with an admission capacity of 3,000 tribal students will start functioning from the current financial year as the tribal affairs department finalized various proposals for the community in a meeting here, an official said on Friday. . The official said the administration has initiated a process for special projects to focus on the education of tribal students, including setting up of 20 new hostels, model residential schools and special ones for students from other key areas on the directions of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. Scholarship Scheme is included.

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Secretary, Department of Tribal Affairs, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, chaired the meeting of the Union Territory level committee, which approved setting up of 20 new hostels with an admission capacity of 3,000 students in the current financial year, he said. He said that the state land would be made available to the department by the concerned district administration for the establishment of new hostels.

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The move is aimed at providing quality residential facilities to tribal students enrolled in peers and other institutions of higher secondary education. The official said the government is planning to set up 50 new hostels for tribal students in the next two years. He said that the report of the committee constituted to prepare special scholarship scheme for the students enrolled in seasonal centers was also reviewed.

The new scheme offers incremental scholarships of up to Rs 2,400 for boys and Rs 675 for girl students instead of the existing slab of Rs 450 for boys, the official said. He said the new scheme would benefit over 34,000 students in 1,200 seasonal educational centers and would boost education among tribal students.

Additional assistance related to uniforms, school bags, sports materials and teaching materials were also discussed, the official said. He said that 10 new Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) have also been recommended, while six such schools are being operated this month including two in Rajouri and one each in Anantnag, Kulgam, Bandipora and Poonch.

The district EMRS committee, Anantnag has run the boarding school, while other districts are in the final stages, he said, adding that the districts have also been asked to provide land for setting up new EMRSs. Addressing the meeting, Choudhary asked the officers to take effective coordination with the district administration and regional departments to start new projects on time and ensure implementation of ongoing educational projects including smart schools in a time bound manner.

He also called for active participation of Panchayati Raj Institutions at the local level to ensure inclusive planning and convergence. The official said that the meeting deliberated on various educational support initiatives to promote education at the primary level in tribal areas and the basis of facilities to ensure best opportunities to tribal students.

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