PoJK people not happy being in Pakistan: Dr Jitendra Singh

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Meeting on joint research, StartUps

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JAMMU, May 18 : Union Minister of State with Independent charge of Science & Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh while criticising Pakistan for opposing G20 Session said it is not something new for Pakistan as the neighboring country has been doing this since 1947.
Talking to reporters here today on the sidelines of a high level inter institutional meeting, he said the greatest defect with Pakistan and its leadership is that it failed to compromise with the fact that J&K is an integral part of India.
Dr Jitendra Singh said the situation in Pak occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) is so grave at present that the people are fed up with Pakistan and they want to be part of Narendra Modi led India as they are not happy to remain with Pakistan. He said India led by Narendra Modi has progressed a lot in last nine years and entire world knows that India is on top. In response to a question on PoJK, the Union Minister said that world knows about India’s stand and there is nothing hidden.
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Dr Jitendra Singh said that “impediments were created in India’s Gaganyaan Mission due to COVID pandemic earlier and we could not keep the deadline.” He, however, said that Scientists are working on this mission and two non human missions will be sent in near future. One will be totally unmanned and second would be Robert Mission. Finally the third Mission will be successfully launched in 2024, he added.
On the extraction of Lithium from Reasi, he said research on the same is on. Maintaining that Lithium is of much value, Dr Jitendra Singh said DG of CSIR, Dr N K Kalaiselvi is expert in this field and she has been asked to do more research. The Union Minister said if results were good the Government will go ahead fast in extracting the Lithium.
Earlier, Dr Jitendra Singh chaired the first-ever high-level inter-institutional meeting of all the Vice Chancellors, Directors and heads of different Universities and scientific as well as academic institutions, under one roof, to pave the way for joint research, StartUps and teaching through a collaborative action plan, based on greater integration instead of working in silos.
The Minister said, Jammu, being the hub of education in India with the prestigious institutions in an area of only a few kilometres from each other, like IIT, IIM, IIMC, AIIMS, CSIR-IIIM, GMC, SKUAST, CU, JU etc. has been chosen for this maiden inter-institutional connect to try to develop a model of extended integration which could then be replicated in other places as well of the institutions.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, as these prestigious institutions are only situated in an area of few kilometers, their inter-institutional connect can set example for other institutions throughout the country and the sharing and exchange of resources, joint programmes between these institutions will create new opportunities and new avenues.
Under Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Dr Jitendra Singh said, India is leading the world’s StartUp ecosystem. This inter-institutional connect and integration in Jammu region can help StartUp aspirants in Jammu & Kashmir to lead from the front. As CSIR-IIIM is taking a lead towards creating a start-up culture (Agri-tech start-ups) under Aroma Mission in Jammu & Kashmir, this integration will help other institutions to create Start-ups according to their resources, Dr. Singh added.
Dr. Jitendra Singh maintained, working in silos is no longer an option in India especially under the present Government which stresses on greater integration, extensive brainstorming for greater results. This inter-institutional connect today will present a roadmap for the other institutions in the country towards sharing of resources, greater interconnectedness etc., Dr. Singh added.
The collaborative models may be suggested by institutions in any field so that the other institutions may also step in creating an atmosphere of ambient integration, said Dr. Jitendra Singh.
For example, IIM could also create a model regarding personnel management in hospitals for intern doctors, Dr. Jitendra Singh suggested.
Besides, Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India, Ajay Kumar Sood and Director General CSIR & Secretary DSIR, Dr. N. Kalaiselvi, the meeting was attended by Director CSIR-IIIM Jammu, Dr. Zabeer Ahmad, Director AIIMS Jammu, Dr. Shakti Gupta, Vice Chancellor Jammu University, Prof. Umesh Rai, Vice Chancellor Cluster University Jammu, Prof. Bechan Lal, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST Jammu, Prof. Nazir Ahmad Ganie , Vice Chancellor BGSBU, Prof. Akbar Masood, Vice Chancellor SMVDU, Prof. R K Sinha, Vice Chancellor CUJ, Prof. Sanjeev Jain , Director IIM Jammu, Prof. B S Sahai, Director IIT Jammu, Dr. Manoj Kumar Gaur and Principal GMC Jammu, Shashi Sudan.