JAMMU, Apr 16: Prof Amitabh Mattoo, Advisor to the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, delivered the H L Gupta Memorial Lecture for the year 2018 on the topic “The Challenge of Building a Knowledge Society in Jammu and Kashmir” at Model Institute of Education and Research today.
Dignitaries present on the occasion were Dr Arun K Gupta, Chairperson MIER, Dr Renu Gupta, Vice-Chairperson, Dr Adit Gupta Director and Dr N R Sharma, Dean Academics along with distinguished Educationists, Principals of different colleges, Members of the Governing Body and civil society and faculty and students of MIER College of Education.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Mattoo said a knowledge society generates, shares and makes available to all members of the society, knowledge that may be used to improve the human condition. He elaborated upon the pillars of the knowledge society which include: ideas, the fourth industrial revolution and human capital. He deliberated upon how India survived and succeeded as a democracy its functioning after independence. He highlighted that even though there are many challenges in creating knowledge society in the State of J&K, we can capitalize on youth that constitute 60-70 percent of the population of the State who could be channelized across boundaries in strengthening and reshaping economic frontiers.
Earlier, floral homage was paid to late H L Gupta, the founder of MIER Group of Institutions by the dignitaries. Dr. Arun K Gupta, Chairperson MIER, said that the knowledge has always been a factor of production, and a driver of economic and social development and the emergence of the knowledge society is bringing about a fundamental reshaping of the global economy.
A brief life sketch of H L Gupta was presented by Dr Renu Gupta, Vice Chairperson MIER. Dr. Adit Gupta, Director and Principal MIER College of Education introduced the distinguished speaker. He also highlighted the various achievements of Prof. Mattoo for the benefit of the audience.
A book titled “Implementing Inclusion in Schools” was also released on this occasion. Sharma, Dean Academics MIER College, presented a formal vote of thanks.
Dr Annie Koul, Convener IQAC MIER ably conducted the program.
Mattoo delivers H L Gupta Memorial Lecture at MIER