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Sorry State of Education:Over 52 percent Govt Upper Primary Schools of JK have total enrolment of 60 students or less



Bhat Imran

Srinagar, Jan 21 (KNO): In Jammu and Kashmir, over 52 percent Government Upper Primary Schools have a total enrolment of 60 students or less.

The figures released by the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)-2022 states that, “In Jammu and Kashmir the proportion of primary schools with total enrolment of 60 or less was recorded with 92.4 percent in 2014 and 88.7 percent in 2018 and 86.9 percent in 2022.”

The news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) has learnt that the survey has revealed that the similar was the case with Upper Primary Schools. “The proportion of student enrolment at Upper Primary Schools with total enrolment of 60 or less was 41.9 percent in 2014 followed by 46.1 percent in 2018 and is 47.5 percent in 2022.”

It also states that the performance of 8th standard in basic arithmetic has also improved. “The proportion of children who can do division has increased slightly, from 32.9 percent in 2018 to 35.9 percent in 2022.”

ASER reveals that as part of the survey, one government school with primary sections is visited in each sampled village. Preference is given to a government upper primary school of classes’ I-VII and VIII if one exists in the village.

“In Jammu and Kashmir, ASER surveyors visited 529 government schools with primary sections 85 were primary schools and 444 were upper primary schools,” it reads.

A day before, KNO reported that in the past five years, Jammu and Kashmir has recorded a hike of five percent in taking paid private tuitions by the students of classes 1st to 8th standard.

ASER has mentioned that, “In JK, the proportion of children in Classes 1st to 8th taking paid private tuition classes have increased from 8.8 percent in 2018 to 13.8 percent in 2022.”—(KNO)

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NTA NEET UG 2023 exam: Registration, important documents, fees, major details students need to know



Registration for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Undergraduate (NEET-UG) 2023 is expected to begin soon for the medical entrance exam that is scheduled to be held on May 7.

However, the National Testing Agency (NTA), the exam conducting body, is yet to declare the NEET UG 2023 registration dates.

Once activated, candidates will be able to apply for the NEET UG 2023 application from the official website– and

NEET UG 2023: How to apply

Go to the official website of the National Testing Agency-

Click on the NEET UG 2023 registration link.

Create your login credentials and log in.

Fill up the application form carefully and upload the required documents.
Pay the application fee and submit the form.

The Test pattern of NEET (UG) – 2022 comprises four Subjects. Each subject will consist of two sections. Section A will consist of 35 Questions and Section B will have 15 Questions, out of these 15 Questions, candidates can choose to attempt any 10 Questions.

NEET (UG) – 2022 was conducted as Pen & Paper-based Test.

NEET 2023: Important documents

A valid mobile number

A valid email ID

Scanned Images of the

Candidate’s recent Passport size Photograph

Postcard-size Photograph

Left and Right-hand Fingers and Thumb impression

Category Certificate (if applicable)

Citizenship Certificate (if applicable)

PwD Certificate (wherever applicable)

Class 10 pass certificate.

NEET UG 2023: Marking scheme

Last year, the NEET UG exam was for 720 marks. The Candidates are advised to keep visiting the official websites of NTA ( and ( for the latest updates. (DNA)


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Kashmir Innovator Bags Rs 50 Lakh BIRAC BIG Grant



SRINAGAR: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) innovator Sameena Lone has been selected for the Government of India’s BIRAC BIG grant worth Rs 50 lakh.

Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) is a flagship programme of the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), which provides the right admixture of fuel and support to young startups and entrepreneurial individuals. BIG is the Department of Biotechnology (DBT)’s largest early-stage biotech funding programme in India. Funding grant of up to Rs 50 lakh (USD 60,500 approx) to best-in-class innovative ideas to build and refine the idea to proof-of-concept.

Sameena Lone, an innovator cum scholar in the SKUAST-K’s Division of Vegetable Science, supervised by Dr Khursheed Hussain, Assistant Professor, Division of vegetable science, SKUAST-K and mentored by Naveed Hamid, BDA, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Cell of the university, submitted her innovative proposal on ‘Organic & Disease-Free Seed Potato Production through Tissue Culture in Kashmir’ under Industrial Biotechnology, Clean Energy & Environment category in Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Not-for-Profit Company’ of Government of India which supports technology innovators and entrepreneurs to pursue a promising technology idea, and establish and validate proof of concept (POC) for the idea under the BIG grant scheme a few months back. More than 500 innovators across the country had applied under the said scheme and only 26 got selected for the final pitching round before the panel committee from which only nine innovators were selected under the given category across the nation.

SKUAST-K innovator is the only one from Jammu and Kashmir to receive the BIRAC BIG grant in the present round.

Vice Chancellor SKUAST Kashmir Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai congratulated the innovator and her team of mentors for securing the BIRAC Grant. He appreciated the level of effort and dedication of the team and support from SKUASTK Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship Centre that brought laurels to the University. He further added that such achievements are so precious that they not only boost the morale of the innovators but help in developing the ecosystem for innovations, incubations & startups.

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