Emphasizing need for enhancement of quality of talent being produced in the country every year, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Farooq Khan on Wednesday advised the students to focus on not just attaining a degree but to also enhance and gain knowledge for improving their employability.
The Advisor said this while addressing the gathering of students, at ‘The Tribune Inter- College Debate 2020’ organized in association with Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu.
Vice-Chancellor Cluster University of Jammu Anju Bhasin, Senior Resident Editor Tribune, Arun Joshi and Principal GCW Gandhi Nagar Dr Ravinder Tickoo were also present on the occasion.
Nearly, 50 students from various colleges participated in the debate and expressed their views on the topic ‘Is India facing an economic slowdown?’.
Congratulating the young participants, Advisor Khan exhorted the students to focus not just on attaining a degree but to also enhance and gain knowledge to improve their employability. The advisor said that according to the National Employability Report even though there is an overall positive trend in talent supply as against previous years, Indian youth still has a long way to go and employability or non-employability of Indian graduates is a rising concern.
He said that it is critical that students and institutions together focus on the enhancement of quality of talent being produced in the country. This needs to be taken seriously, else we would soon be heading towards a challenge where education and educational qualifications would lose their credibility, he added.
Commenting on quality of the debate, Advisor said that ‘listening to all the speakers today, I did not notice any pessimism, therefore it gives me the confidence to know that all those who spoke critically of the administration or those who spoke today in favor of government’s measures have spoken with an optimistic vision for the betterment of the country.’ He advised the students to keep the optimism alive and forward.
Vice-Chancellor Cluster University, while addressing the students, said that debates are important as they improve communication skills besides helping develop skills in research, critical thinking, public speaking and perseverance. She said that the topic of today’s debate is especially relevant and students have an important role to play in country’s future.
She congratulated the participants who brought forward a variety of viewpoints on the topic.
Resident Editor Tribune, appreciating students’ performance in the debate said that Tribune is happy to provide students with a platform to debate, discuss and share ideas. Articulation and enthusiasm displayed by the participants is inspiring and I wish them best of luck, he added.
In the debate, Akshit Padha was adjudged as the winner while Meher Fatima and Aryan were the 1st and 2nd runner up. Akshit Rana, Taniz Fatima and Aariha Malik won the consolation prizes while GGM Science College was adjudged the Best college.