Inter-College Debate held at SP College

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SRINAGAR: Education Minister Naeem Akhtar Tuesday said the political turbulence in Kashmir should not be an excuse for underperformance of the government-run educational institutions.

“Education should not become a casualty of conflict. The political turbulence of the past more than two decades should not become an excuse for underperformance at our schools and colleges,” Akhtar said while speaking at the inaugural session of an inter-college debate competition at SP College, Srinagar. The topic for the debate competition was “College Education in Kashmir is Listless”.

The Minister said the patch of land from Kothi Bagh to SP College, despite being the best of real estate in entire Kashmir, has failed to produce any cultural attraction in the historic city of Srinagar.

“It will be one of the greatest social interventions in our time if these facilities remain open till late. This land (from Kothi Bagh to SP College) is the deadest place in Srinagar, despite having high real estate value. Our children go out for fake certificates in courses which can be taught here and by the best of minds,” he said.

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