Army schools in Kashmir take a digital leap

Srinagar: Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has inaugurated a digital solutions learning programme in an army-run school at a south Kashmir village to help students get quality education in a state-of-the-art digital environment.

The programme was opened at one of the Army Goodwill Schools located in Pahalgam during a function held on Friday evening.

It was attended by GOC Northern Command Lt. Gen Anil Bhatt with senior officials from the state education department, civil administration and other senior police officers.

Army Goodwill Schools were established by the Indian Army in the three regions of Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu in areas where children did not have access to education or the schools were dysfunctional due to an unending insurgency.

“The quality of education at these institutions in Jammu and Kashmir is all set for a digital leap with the introduction of a digital solutions learning programme,” according to a statement by Extramarks Education Foundation (EEF).

EEF along with Power Grid Corporation of India will equip classrooms with digital hardware, provide state-of-the-art digital solutions and train faculty in these schools.

At least 1,600 students and hundreds of staff at Army Goodwill Schools will benefit from Phase I of the programme.

In subsequent phases, 46 Army Goodwill Schools will also be brought in to the programme that will in the first phase run in schools in Pahalgam, Ziran, Uri, Margund and at Hamirpur in Poonch.

“The credit for augmenting education in areas affected by turbulence goes to the Indian Army for their inclusive approach,” said Atul Kulshreshtha, Founder and Chairman of Extramarks.