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Vedic, Buddhist studies to become part of higher secondary curriculum in J&K.

If all goes as planned, the School Education Department would introduce Vedic and Buddhist studies at the higher secondary level in Jammu and Kashmir. The proposal has been sent to the administrative department for the implementation.

An official in the department said the proposal is under the consideration of the department and deliberations are going on with the finance department for their concurrence to meet out financial implications.

“The introduction of new subjects in higher secondary schools will have financial implication on the department as it has to engage lecturers for these subjects,” the official said.

According to officials, the department has proposed the creation of 20 posts for Buddhist studies and 10 posts for Vedic studies. “The creation of 20 posts for Buddhist studies will have financial implication of Rs 90 lakh per year for the education department,” the official said.

A source in the department said that 30 posts are being created for Sanskrit subject for its introduction in higher secondary schools at 10 +2 level.

A top official in JK Board of School Education (BOSE) said they have already prepared syllabus for Vedic studies, Bodhi and Sanskrit as these subjects have been already introduced in schools as optional subjects.

“But we didn’t receive any formal order or official information from the department regarding introduction of these subjects in main course streams,” the BOSE official said, adding that the syllabus for some of these subjects has been updated as well from past years. “These subjects were introduced during the present regimes.”

As the matter is being discussed with the finance department, a high level meeting was convened by the principal secretary finance department on Thursday regarding the proposal of education department for creation of 468 new posts of lecturers in various subjects at higher secondary level.

“But the finance department has deferred the proposal for creation of new posts of lectures in the meeting with the results introduction of new subjects was not finalised,” an official said.

Director school education KashmirItoo meanwhile said the proposal for introduction of new subjects was made on the basis of the feedback received from chief education officers and Principal of higher secondary schools.

“The CEOs had given list of 27 subjects out of which we shortlisted 15 subjects and submitted a proposal to administrative department. The file has gone to finance department where the matter is under examination but and nothing has been finalised,” he said

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