Promotion quota for school lecturers would be increased from 50 percent to 60 percent, Posts of Vice-Principal to be created in Government Senior Secondary Schools

Palampur: Himachal Pradesh government has decided to change the nomenclature of PGT of the School into Lecturers in the Education Department.

The state Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, in a State Level Education Conference on Universal, Free, Compulsory and Quality Education – organized by the Himachal Pradesh School Lecturer’s Association (HPSLA), in Auditorium of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Agriculture University, Palampur, said that he was proud of the strides the State has made in the field of education. “We have achieved a significant shift in education, both in qualitative and quantitative terms,” he says, pointing to major infrastructural improvements in educational institutions. Recruitment of thousands of trained teachers was in pipeline so as to ensure that every institution has adequate staff, he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said the State Government has introduced several schemes for making Himachal Pradesh as an education hub of the country. He said that Medha Protshan Yojna has been launched to provide financial assistance to meritorious students to prepare for various competitive examinations. He said that Atal Adarsh Vidya Kendra would be opened in the State for imparting quality education to the students.

The Chief Minister said that one should be a learner throughout his or her life only then one can grow in life. He said that teaching was a very noble profession and biggest profession in nation building. He said that no nation can progress until it has dedicated and qualified team of teachers. He said that thus the role and duty of teachers become further more important.

Jai Ram Thakur said that value based education was essential for a strong and vibrant society. He said that in coming times moral education and Yog would be made the integral part of educational curriculum in the State. He said that the teachers should also come forward to check the menace of drug abuse amongst the students. He said that apart from imparting knowledge to the students, the teachers should also minutely monitor behavioural change in their students.

The Chief Minister said that the promotion quota for school lecturer would be increased from 50 percent to 60 percent and posts of Vice Principal would be created in Government Senior Secondary Schools in the State. He also announced one time withdrawal in holding annual increment of teachers having low result.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said the Himachal has about 24 Government and Private Universities and over 18,000 educational institutions, and now it was need of the hour for qualitative improvement in the field of education. He said that teachers not only play a major role in shaping the future of the students, but also have capacity to give new direction to the society. He said that the State Government has introduced Pre Nursery Classes in the Government schools to motivate parents to admit their children in Government schools. He said that over 250 Principals and 150 headmasters have been promoted in the State.

Veteran politician and Member of Parliament Kangra Shanta Kumar said that teachers have been entrusted with the biggest responsibility to transform the society. He asked to inculcate moral values amongst the students. For this, Yog and moral education should be made an integral part of our educational curriculum, he added. He said that the State Government was working with dedication and commitment to come upto the expectations of the people.