Shri Mantriprasad Naithani
Minister, Agriculture Marketing,School Education, Adult Education, Sanskrit Education and Drinking Water, Government of Uttarakhand
To promote education among the girls, we have decided to provide bicycles to them in the non-hilly areas of Uttarakhand
Our Government has built a complete computer-aided setup in almost every educational institute. We also have a project to improve the basic infrastructure.This project is associated with the Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan wherein children from class I to VIII are provided free of cost education, books, uniforms and also one time meal. Recently the government of Uttarakhand realised that the percentage of educated girls was sharply going down in the state, as they were facing problems in going to schools. Therefore, to boost girls’ education in our state, we have decided to provide bicycles to them, in the non-hilly areas. For the girls living on the hilly areas, we have planned to open bank accounts and transfer a sum of `3,000,which can be utilised by them to cover the expenses incurred during travel to school.The amount will be transferred to their account on a regular basis.
To motivate teachers, we have conferred 23 government school teachers with the Shailesh Matiyani State Teachers’ award for extraordinary work. We are also mindful about other facilities for our teachers such as maternity leave. For students, the top ten rankers of Uttarakhand Class X and Class XII board examination in 2012 were awarded with the Pt Deendayal Upadhayay Educational Meritorious Scholarships. We also encourage and fund children at the state level under the leadership of the Chief Minister Vijay Bahugna Joshi. Our state government is focusing hard to improve the quality of education through motivated teachers so that a child’s IQ gets increased.
Even for the minorities, the state government has plans to provide quality education in Madarsas from basic schooling to higher education. Earlier, the government was not able to attract youngsters but now we have laid these plans considering the new technology, new curriculum from SCERT books, etc.
Moreover, the landscape of Uttarakhand is totally different. Here we have three kinds of areas like the high altitude, middle altitude and the ground level. Therefore, we have the acute shortage of teachers and to address the same our government has started appointment of new teachers, professors,lecturers and even basic tutors.
Higher education is not limited to any particular state. In Uttrakhand, cities like Dehradun and Nainital are the hubs of international level education institutes. Moreover, we also have several kinds of universities like Himgiri Nabh Vishwavidyalaya (University in the Sky), Uttarakhand Technical University,etc and we are proud of the fact that overseas students are coming to study in these universities. Now the main focus of the state government is to provide education to the most interior parts of the state by bringing the best institutes’ branches to those places.