SRINAGAR: Minister for information Technology, Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports Molvi Imran Raza Ansari today said that the government is committed to strength and augment the technical education sector so that the proper honing of youth is done which would ensure that they are able to create self-employment avenues for themselves as well as the other youth and the inauguration and foundation of new six polytechnics by the Chief minister is a step towards the same initiative.
The Minister was Chairing a high level review meeting, wherein he took stock of arrangements put in place for the upcoming inauguration of polytechnics in Reasi, Samba,Kathua and foundation in Doda, Udampur and Kishtwar polytechnics in Kathua, Samba and Resai by the Chief Minister.
Minister of State for Technical Education, Priya Sethi was also present in the meeting.
Ansari directed the officials that web casting arrangements should be made available in all the six places in Jammu.
The Minister stressed upon the officials for making the polytechnics vibrant as these are the institutions where market oriented courses are offered.
“It will be our endeavour to increase the number of technical institutions providing lateral entry to polytechnic diploma holders,” the Minister said.
Director Technical Education gave a detailed presentation on the arrangements of Polytechnics who are inaugurated wherein the Minister was informed about the infrastructure put in place in newly constructed Polytechnics, their intake capacity, major courses which will be offered.
Various shortfalls were also discussed in the meeting which besides others included the non-popularity of courses/trades and lack of awareness of the various courses.
The Minister gave instructions to the concerned officials to make proper awareness of the courses in the High and Higher Secondary Schools in advance and frame committee for scanning of non-popular courses.
To boost employment opportunities, Ansari stressed upon the concerned to create skilled and trained manpower which could be utilized both within and outside.
It was also given out in the meeting that a training and placement cell should be created which after interaction with the industries could enhance the job placement of the trained students.
Other issues which were reviewed included the physical, financial status of civil works in old Polytechnics, women hostels, progress in construction of new polytechnics etc.
The concerned executing agencies were directed to expedite the construction work so that these could be completed within stipulated time frame.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Information Technology Sanjeev Varma, Director Technical Education, Shabnam Kambli.