Government Initiatives August 29 – September 5, 2021

A 700-Bedded Hostel

Lt Governor lays foundation stone for 700-bedded Mega Boys Hostel of NIT Srinagar

To improve the facilities for the students at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar, Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha had laid the foundation stone for the 700- bedded Mega Boys Hostel through virtual mode. The project is expected to enhance the sustainable campus infrastructure of one of the premier Technical Institutes in Northern India.

Pointing out fast-changing market dynamics and new innovations taking place globally, Sinha said the efforts are being taken by the administration to amplify exponential technologies ecosystem to meet the modern-day requirements.

“With our technical education infrastructure, rigorous career programmes for high-demand technology in the post-Covid world, we are working on an ambitious plan to make Jammu and Kashmir the skill capital of the country,” the LG observed.  He suggested the NIT to strengthen Academia-Industry collaboration, innovation and building human capital for economic growth.

LG said the government is planning to set up more Centres for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training in Jammu and Kashmir in order to prepare trained technocrats equipped with new skill sets to meet the growing demands of automation, artificial intelligence and e-commerce sectors.

Minimum Support Price for GI Certified Plain Pashmina hand spun and hand woven Shawl is Rs. 12,000

The Convocation Speech

LG Manoj Sinha awarded degrees to a student during the 19th annual convocation of the University of Kashmir at Srinagar on Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Presiding over the unprecedented 2-day convocation of the University of Kashmir, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said bright young minds are the only force capable of building a peaceful, progressive and prosperous community.

“It was wonderful being amongst very talented young minds, who are determined to take the UT towards new horizons”, LG said.

Terming terrorism and violence as a curse for civilized society, the LG observed that while India is producing CEOs of Microsoft, Google, Adobe, the neighbouring country is pushing our youth on the wrong path. “I urge those who are misguided by the enemies to move forward with peace, love and mutual trust, and walk together on the path of development,” he said.

Highlighting the reforms National Education Policy is bringing in the education sector, the Lt Governor observed that the new policy allows the students to learn things that matter and are relevant to an ever-changing world. Working on the same trajectory, the University of Kashmir will play a big role in the knowledge economy and convergence of higher education and skill training, besides fulfilling the aspirations of a prosperous education system and future India.

Sinha said the present education system is future-oriented where most of the ideas and ideals are taken from present circumstances.  For the first time in history, we can proudly say that material wealth and mental wealth are developing exponentially and simultaneously.

He said two Centres for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training, one each in Baramulla and Jammu are making youth acquainted with the new technological framework of robotics and artificial intelligence.

Shia Political Conference delegation met the State Election Commissioner (SEC) KK Sharma seeking re-defining six assembly constituencies – Zaidbal, Nigeen, Magam, Budgam, Pattan and Beerwah.

A Bamboo Action Plan

Jammu and Kashmir will be spending Rs 820 lakh on Bamboo cultivation in the current fiscal, Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta was told while presiding over the Bamboo Mission meeting.

The annual plan lays emphasis on various components including propagation and cultivation of bamboo; product development and processing; development of tools, equipment, and machinery; skill development and awareness; and research and development in bamboo cultivation. The Mission will establish 25 bamboo nurseries both in private and public sectors with a capacity of 4.09 lakh saplings and covering 1400 hectare area under high-density bamboo plantation. Two tissue culture labs will also be established in addition to bamboo shoot processing units.

Under the Mission, 2000 farmers mainly from rain-deficit areas will be associated with scientific cultivation of bamboo and linked with skill development. The stakeholders will also be provided assistance for product designing and branding towards evolving a bamboo-based model of sustainable economic development.

JK Forest Development Corporation has said that its gross receipts from the sale of goods and services up to July 2021 stand at Rs 60 Crore. The corporation was launched in April 2021.

Social Welfare Department has announced the Aadhaar linkage for three Schemes – Ladli Beti, State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS) and the Integrated Social Security Scheme (ISSS).

Mughal Garden Preservation

Lt Governor Manoj Joshi after the Jammu and Kashmir government signed an MoU with JSW Foundation for restoration and conservation of Shalimar and Nishat Gardens. JSW will do it for Rs 14 Crore as part of its CSR, according to its Chairperson Sangita S Jindal. Pic: DIPR

Noted Conservation Architect, Ms Abha Narain Lambah met Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha and briefed him about the salient features of the preservation plan of the twin Mughal Gardens, the Nishat and the Shalimar. Ms Lambah works with JSW Foundation that is preserving the twin gardens. Sinha impressed upon the Conservation Architect to conduct the work of conservation, restoration, and preservation meticulously for restoring the original beauty and grandeur of the famous heritage gardens.

In surprise checks, 1177 employees were found unauthorised absent from their duties and were placed under suspension with salaries withheld.



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