Jammu, August 24 : Teachers Guild Jammu & Kashmir celebrated its first foundation day on 24th July, 2015 at its sub-office Vijaypur, in which all the office bearers of central core committee and zonal bodies were present besides other participants. The function was presided over by Nasir Ahmad Qurashi, State President of Teachers Guild, who inaugurated the programme by lightening the lamp along with Vijay Kumar Sharma, State General Secretary, Narayan Baru, Programme Coordinator, Charanji Lal Thapa, Member Retired Educationist Cell, Adv. Mohd. Farooq Faraz Qurashi and other office bearers.
On the occasion, Vijay Kumar Sharma, State General Secretary presented Yearly Progress Report about activities and achievements of Teachers Guild in detail. He informed the participants that during the year Teachers Guild organized large number of functions and meetings at different palaces and at various zonal headquarters to highlight the issues of teachers community of Jammu and Kashmir. He highlighted the achievements of Teachers Guild’s Black Badges Campaign and Posters Campaign and thanked the School Education department for fulfillment of some important demands of teaching professionals of state viz Formation and publications of comprehensive and transparent transfer policy, Release of pending salaries of teachers working under different schemes, Adjustment of surplus Masters, Publication of promotion list of Headmasters, Process of regularization of ZEOs, ZEPOs and Headmasters, Rationalization of teaching staff, Timely supply of text books, Inclusion of Disaster Management as a subject in 10th class curriculum and Establishment of Smart Classrooms. He said that the Literary Cell of Teachers Guild, with the collaborations of other literary organizations of state organized half a dozen multilingual literary events for teachers having literary taste and writers of national repute. The Social Cell of Teachers Guild also organized many functions at zonal levels for the betterment of society and students. He also informed the participants that during the year more than seven hundred teachers filled the membership forms of Teachers Guild and became life members of this trade union by paying rupees ten only. He said that we are planning to organize some mega events like Teachers Conference, Seminars on Gender Education, Quiz Competitions, Academic Workshops, Painting Competitions and Excellence Award Ceremony this year. He thanked the Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers, 3rd Teachers, Educational Volunteers, Seasonal Teachers, General Line Teachers and Masters of Jammu and Kashmir for their full faith and active support to the Teachers Guild.
Nasir Ahmad Qurashi, State President Teachers Guild, in his presidential address expressed gratitude to teaching professionals of state and members of state level and zonal level bodies for their faith in TGJK during the year and assured them that the entire team of central core committee will work for the betterment of community in future also. He informed that a quarterly newsletter shall be brought out very soon to highlight the achievements of TGJK besides the pending demands of teacher’s community. In his visionary address he assured whole hearted cooperation to each and every teacher and supported the proposal of seminars and conferences put by TGJK’s State General Secretary Vijay Kumar Sharma. He also proposed that a 20-30 minutes documentary on different activities of TGJK shall be prepared for the awareness of teachers and other trade union leaders of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Nasir Ahmad Qurashi furher said that under the guidance of Hon’ble Education Minister Naeem Akhter and Minister of State for School Education Priya Sethi, the Education department is doing well on some stages and has taken measures to curb menace of corruption and wholesale transfers in the department but on some issues the serious reviews are needed and in this connection Teachers Guild is going to present a detail representation to the Education Minister very soon. He said that as a trade union, Teachers Guild always performed positive and supportive role and hailed the right efforts of both the directorates of School Education department and wherever needed Teachers Guild openly agitate on the issues without any fear. He stressed on teachers empowerment, which could be achieved through their own hard work and dedication and faith of Education department in teachers fraternity. He also thanked the electronic and print media of state for their cooperation to TGJK during the year.
Narayan Baru, Programme Coordinator Teachers Guild said there is dire need of introducing Value Education as a separate subject at secondary level and establishment of cultural units at district and zonal levels to gear up the cultural activities for students.
Charanji Lal Thapa, Member Retired Teachers Cell presented vote of thanks. Among others who were present are Kasturi Lal, Ashwani Kumar, Parveen Akhtar, Deepali Gupta, Kuldeep Kumar, M.A. Wani, M. S. Choudhary, Subash Chander, Nasir Khan, Sanjay Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Vinod Kumar, Rattan Lal, Puran Sharma, Nirmala Devi, Rajinder Singh, Md. Majeed and Kanta Rani Sharma.