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Education facilities in shambles in Garhwal, Kumaon

He further added that due to the lack of proper infrastructure, most of the students of the creamy layer  strata prefer to go Delhi or other major cities for higher education.

In Garhwal and Kumaon hill areas, for a long time, education facilities are not up to the mark as government never considered education a priority, the DAV (PG) principal added.

He further said that due to harsh life in higher hills, many efficient teachers are not interested to join college as faculty member. Majority of subjects in our curricula are traditional at graduate and postgraduate level, and are losing importance day-by-day.

Many professional courses are not available to students, and students find it difficult to get job even after getting degrees.

The time has come that government should be serious on the upliftment of educational level in our state. The budget should be provided, and basic infrastructure should be introduced. Till now, we don’t have any data how many schools, teachers, degree colleges are required. Some educational institutions are overcrowded, while in some, there are fewer students than the strength of the institute.

There should be clear cut policies for education. Grassroots changes are required, and political interference should be set aside, for the brighter future of the students. For intermediate education, the model of central education is very good. We should also adopt that model in our schools. In case of higher education, we should come with transparent and clear policy and introduction of vocational courses are the need of the hour. Lecturers should be appointed as per the norms and conditions as set by University Grants Commission (UGC).

On the problem of growing unemployment, he suggested introduction of vocational courses. ‘We can take the help of the big corporate houses to prepare quality students which can work according to the present needs and requirements in the private jobs,’ he said.
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