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Army chief's comment on teaching method in J&K irks minister

Zulfikar Majid, Srinagar, DH News Service, Jan 13 2018, 22:03 IST
Bukhari was responding to General Bipin Rawat's statement that J&K using a separate map to show the state apart from the India map was 'sowing the seeds' of separate identity in children.

Bukhari was responding to General Bipin Rawat's statement that J&K using a separate map to show the state apart from the India map was 'sowing the seeds' of separate identity in children.

A senior minister of Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday advised Army chief General Bipin Rawat to confine his role to security related issues and not make "unnecessary comments beyond its constitutional mandate."

"Army chief's assertion that the teachers in Jammu and Kashmir were referring students to two maps is a totally unfair and unacceptable comment," senior PDP leader and Minister for Education Altaf Bukhari told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

"The Army chief is a respected and well decorated officer of this country. He is a professional and there is no doubt about his professionalism. (But) I don't think he is an educationist that he can give sermons on education," he said.

"I would welcome sermons from academicians on how to run the education system. Education is a State subject and not on the concurrent list; it falls well within the domain of the State government," the Minister said.

General Rawat on Friday had said the teachers in Jammu and Kashmir were referring students to two maps and that "there was no need for a separate map for the state."


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