Despite Receiving Rs 59 Cr, School Edu Deptt Fails To Establish 224 CAL Labs

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Riyaz Bhat

Srinagar: The government on Saturday said the School Education department has failed to establish 224 Computer Aided Learning (CAL) labs in government schools of Jammu and Kashmir, despite transferring over Rs 59 Crore for it six months ago.

Principal Secretary to government for School Education Department, Asgar Samoon said that the government has transferred over Rs 59 Crore funds from Samagra Shiksha six months back, but to date, no CAL lab was established.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Samoon in a tweet, “Rs 59 Crore Samagra funds transferred 6 months back to IT department for establishing 224 CAL labs in government schools across Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory (UT). However, not a single lab established yet.”

He directed the Samargra Project Director (SPD), Directors of School Education of both Jammu and Kashmir regions, Principals, Chief Education Officers (CEOs), and School Heads to SPD/DSEK, CEOs/principals/school heads to liaise with the IT department to speed up the process.

“Schools head to ensure that no compromise on the quality of equipment and furniture; refuse to accept the supplies if found substandard,” Samoon said in a tweet.

He informed that Rs 758.40 lakhs were approved for CAL centers for elementary schools that includes 158 physical infrastructures, Rs 2912 lakhs for ICT labs for Secondary Schools including 455 physical infrastructures, Rs 1120 lakhs for CAL labs for elementary schools including 224 physical infrastructures and Rs 1120 lakhs for ICT labs for secondary schools that includes 175 physical infrastructures—(KNO)

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