Kashmir teacher builds school website to help students amid pandemic

Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh, a PhD scholar, says it also supports online classes during the COVID lockdown

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A government school teacher in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district has used his skills to build a website and a mobile app, despite limited data connectivity, to help the students of his school with their studies during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh, who belongs to Chandanwari village in the border area of Uri, is a lecturer of information technology at the Government Higher Secondary School Nambla, Uri. He had to make do with the limited data speed offered by 2G connection to build the website and the android app.

It took him three months to build the website, a task that he could have completed in 15 days, Aijaz said.

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The Centre has restricted internet services in Kashmir ever since Article 370 was scrapped on August 5 last year, fearing it could help terror activities. The region has been depending on 2G services for internet connectivity since then.

The government has planned to resume 4G services in a district in Kashmir on a trial basis. It will, however, do the trial only in a district far away from the border and which has low terror activities. Uri and Baramulla may have to wait longer for 4G services and better data speeds.

Related news: SC tells J&K to check if 4G internet can be restored in some areas

While the website, ghssnambla.in, was launched a few months ago, Aijaz published the android app on Play Store about 10 days ago.

Aijaz, who is pursuing his PhD, said he first discussed building the website with other staff members of the school. When they showed their keenness, he sought the permission of the higher authorities to build it.

The website is also being used to conduct online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. It has a provision for e-learning and also offers virtual classes to help students.

“Our website has a lot of sections including the admission section. Now students can apply for admission online. We also have a result section on the website,” ANI quoted him as saying.

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