Skill development key to economic growth: KU VC

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Nov 16: The skill development of youth would not only help address the problem of unemployment but also enable a better economic growth, Vice-Chancellor (VC) of University of Kashmir (KU) Prof Talat Ahmad said.
Addressing an online workshop on the topic “Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Opportunities For Youth of J&K” as chief patron, Prof Talat said: “Developing skills of youth in various areas through technical and vocational education is one of the keys to improve their employability, apart from boosting the economic growth in a significant way.”
The VC said that there is a worldwide focus on skill development to enable young and promising individuals to meet the newer demands of the changing job market. “It is therefore very important to raise awareness about the importance of skill development and this workshop is a right step in that direction,” he said.
The day-long workshop was organized by the varsity’s Department of Bioresources in collaboration with J&K Skill Development Department and JKEDI. Dr Asgar Samoon, Principal Secretary, J&K Department of Skill Development, was chief guest on the occasion, while KU Registrar Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir was the guest of honour.
Both Dr Samoon and Dr Mir asserted that their institutions were seriously focusing on skill development of J&K youth to help them become “aatmnirbhar” (self-reliant) in line with the Government’s policy and vision of making the country an important part of the global economy.
Irtif Mehraj Lone from Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Business Modeling, JKEDI, Farooq Amin, Secretary General, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry and CEO Kanwal Foods and Spices, and Prof G H Mir, Director of KU’s Directorate of Lifelong Learning (DLL) also spoke on the occasion.
The workshop was attended by over 700 research scholars, students and entrepreneurs from various institutions across the country, including KU, Central University of Kashmir, SKUAST (K), IUST Awantipora, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Cluster University, SKIMS Srinagar, GMC Srinagar, BGSBU Rajouri, NIT Srinagar, ICSSR New Delhi.