Jammu, Nov. 18: Tomorrow marks the launch of “College on Wheels,” also known as Gyanodaya Express, a transformative educational journey that takes over 700 girls on a unique learning adventure. The initiative is being spearheaded by Lieutenant Governor and University of Jammu Chancellor Manoj Sinha.
“This historic ‘College on Wheels,’ or Gyanodaya Express,’ to be launched by the University of Jammu, is largely inspired by the life and examples of Mahatma Gandhi, who used to say, like Rabindranath Tagore, Socrates, and Kabir, that education is outside the classroom as much as it is inside. During a curtain-raiser event on Friday, Prof. Dinesh Singh, the former vice chancellor of Delhi University and vice chairman of the Higher Education Council of J&K University, said that the train trip will change students’ lives.
The children would learn how to operate Charkha on this trip, and they would get a prize for spinning the longest thread from Charkha.
Vice Chancellor Professor Umesh Rai said at the curtain-raiser news conference, “This particular initiative is a dream of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Vice Chairman Higher Education Council J&K UT, Dinesh Singh, wherein the University of Jammu has been selected as a nodal institute.”
According to the Vice Chancellor, “more than 700 students and 100 faculty members from seven academic institutions in Jammu and Kashmir, in addition to Cluster Innovation Centre Delhi, IIT Bombay, and more than 20 affiliated colleges of J&K UT, are participating in this historic journey.” He listed the seven educational institutions as Kashmir University, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Mata Vaishno Devi University, and the University of Jammu.