Alok Kumar inaugurates Kala Utsav at Jammu

JAMMU : Principal Secretary, Education, Alok Kumar, today inaugurated 3 day UT level Kala Utsav 2022 at Teacher Bhawan organized by the Samagra Shiksha, Department of School Education J&K.

The programme started with National Anthem followed by a cultural bonanza reflecting varied cultural flavours of different socio-geographical regions of J&K.

The students belonging to different districts, who performed best at divisional level Kala Utsav competitions, are participating in this 3 day event with mesmerizing performances. A total of 40 performances would be presented during the event. The best among them under various categories of art forms, one male and one female (in each category), shall be shortlisted for National level event which is scheduled to be held in the month of January, 2023 at Bhubaneswar, Orissa.

Principal Secretary congratulated all the participants and encouraged them to put in their best efforts during the final performances at national level.

He informed that Government of India is implementing various schemes for providing better platforms to children for showcasing their talent in different fields. He stressed upon teachers and parents to avail maximum benefit out of these schemes for overall nurturing of children.

Principal Secretary reiterated that Pariksha Pe Charcha, is a part of larger movement ‘Exam Warriors’ led by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to create a stress free and comfortable atmosphere for youngsters where unique individuality of each child is celebrated, encouraged and allowed to express itself fully. He regarded PPC as much awaited and joyful event for all.

Alok Kumar said that Nation is moving towards new directions under the innovative leadership of Prime Minister Narender Modi, who shall be hosting the presidency of forthcoming G-20 Summit, which is matter of pride for every citizen of India. He said that young talent needs to be explored and School Education Department shall continue the exercise in the coming days as well.

He appreciated the joint efforts of Samagra Shiksha and Directorates of School Education for the selections made at zonal, district and divisional level.

Dr. Ravi Shankar Sharma, Director School Education Jammu, Director Finance Iftikhar Hussain, Special Secretary, SED Nasir Wani and Parshotam Kumar, Joint Director SCERT, H R Pakhroo, Joint Director Planning and other officers of Samagra Shiksha, SED and SCERT were present on the occasion.

Earlier, Project Director, Samagra Shiksha, Deep Raj Kanethia, presented welcome address, wherein he reiterated that Samagra Shiksha focuses more on holistic approach towards providing quality education integrated with Art and Culture, Sports and other domains in alignment with New Education Policy-2020.

He said that Kala Utsav encompasses a complete process of identifying, exploring, practicing, evolving and understanding our tangible and intangible cultural expressions which enables the participants to live complete cultural experience. Besides, this will enhance variegated skills of the participants and preparing them as ambassadors of our culture.

While highlighting achievements of the department, he emphasized participation of students, teachers and parents in the 6th edition of “Pariksha Pe Charcha”, which shall be held in January 2023. He asked all the stakeholders to popularize the Pariksha Pe Charcha, 2023, registration which shall be closed on 30th December, 2022.


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