SRINAGAR, JAN 13: Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today inaugurated a two-day annual book exhibition at SP Model Higher Secondary School.
The exhibition was organized by Directorate of School Education, Kashmir in which variety of books were put on sale and a total number of sixty stalls were set up by various publishers and booksellers from various parts of Kashmir.
The wide range of books which were put on display on discount rates during the exhibition includes history books on Kashmir, autobiographies, biographies, novels, inspirational books besides academic books.
Secretary School Education, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Director School Education, Dr GN Itoo, Director RMSA, Tufail Mattoo, Director Academics, JKBOSE, Dr Farooq Ahmad Peer, Chief Education Officer Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Dar, officials from various Universities, Librarians, academicians, other officials from education department and students were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Altaf Bukhari said that book reading is a good habit and through this book exhibition, “we are trying to go back to the habit of book reading which is diminishing in this modern world full of technological innovations.” While speaking about the various steps taken by Education Department to fulfill the vacant posts of teachers in various schools, the Minister said that “no shortage of teachers in schools across the state will be witnessed from this academic session.” He thanked Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu for allocation of funds for up-gradation of various schools and recruitment of teachers.
The Minister announced that incentives will be increased for those teachers who opt for the schools in far-flung areas while as there will be the salary cut for the teachers who opt for posting in Srinagar and Jammu districts. He said this step will be taken in the interest of the children studying in schools in far-flung areas. On the occasion, Altaf Bukhari also released the book written by Director Academics, JKBOSE; Dr Farooq Ahmad Peer titled “A Critical Study of the Novels of Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka”. The forward of the book has been written by Dr. Shah Faisal. The book is a critical analysis of the two prominent Commonwealth novelists Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka whose novels are taught at the Post Graduation level in various Universities. Later, Education Minister distributed cash prizes and trophies among the students who were adjudged the top three positions holders in Snow Art Contest 2017 which was organized by Directorate of School Education.