Pulwama, May 14: Equipped with a digital lab, the upper primary school (UPS) at Gujjar Basti- a remote habitation in Ladhoo area of Pulwama is helping students from humble backgrounds to connect with the globe.
“This is the first school in whole Pampore zone provided with an ICT ( Information and Communication) lab at upper primary level,” Zonal Educational Officer, Pampore, Abdul Rasheed said, adding that it has all other modern facilities including latest smart boards, television sets and other audio visual teaching aids besides a solar panel.
He said that UPS Gujjar Basti Ladhoo is the first school in Pulwama where ICT facility has been fully established at primary level.
For Nageena Jabeen, a student of 6th standard, UPS Gujar Basti is where she is trying her hands on the keyboard of a computer.
The students here have access to quality video lectures by eminent scholars. They also listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio talk, Mann Ki Baat.
Jabeena said that they had to travel to Pampore town to learn computers which was proving difficult for students like her owing to hilly terrain.
She added that many would give up the idea and used to be computer illiterates.
“ These days you can’t afford to remain ignorant about IT,” she said, adding that be it government or private sector your chances of employability depends on IT and related skills.
Head teacher at UPS Gujjar Basti, Bilal Ahmad, described it as a model institution which has everything to attract a student.
He said that the students have been provided with different facilities from small toys, sports and games equipment to modern teaching aids. He said that dull looking walls of two classrooms have been renovated and decorated with polished wood panelling.
He added that walls of other class rooms are treated with beautifully designed charts and paintings.
The head teacher informed that the students have multicolour chairs to sit on.
The teachers, students and their parents appreciated authorities for transforming this school in remote area under centrally sponsored scheme.
“The funds for the infrastructure were provided under tribal sub plan,” ZEO Pampore said.