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Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Services and Sports (YSS), Imran Raza Ansari Saturday said there was an immediate need to change the mindset of educated youth who consider their future safe only with a government job.
The minister said it was unfortunate that in Jammu and Kashmir unemployed youth hanker around government jobs because of the notion that this way their future is safe.
“There is lot of difference in the work culture in J&K and rest of the India and the world. We in Kashmir consider our future safe with a government job only and fear from treading into the private sector,” the minister said while addressing students of various Industrial Training Institutes during an Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme (EAP) at Pampore.
The EAP was jointly organised by Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) and Directorate of Technical Education, J&K.
Ansari said the ITIs of the State were working on old pattern and needed an exhaustive revamp. “I know the condition of our ITIs is not good. But both government and people are equally responsible for it,” Ansari said.
The minister said tailor-made courses including heritage trades will be introduced in all ITIs of the State. He urged the ITI students to take their courses seriously, stop waiting for government jobs and instead start their career in their respective trades.
“Our department will form a body headed by Director Technical Education and successful entrepreneurs as its members to discuss the issues and subsequent course of action for ITI students,” the Minister said in his address.
Earlier in his welcome address, Director JKEDI Dr. M I Parray welcomed the participants. He exhorted upon the ITI students to take up entrepreneurship as their career. Dr. Parray also gave an overview of the unemployment scenario in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Chief Programme Officer (CPO), JKEDI, Dr. Majid Manzoor Khan gave a detailed account of the entrepreneurship development schemes including Term Loan scheme of National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation, Seed Capital Fund Scheme, Youth Start-Up Loan Scheme being implemented by the institute. He also urged the young ITI students to take up entrepreneurship as their career and stop hankering around the government jobs.
On the occasion JKEDI sponsored entrepreneurs Saifa Shabir, Gowhar Ali, Abida Ali and Shakeel Ahmad Rather shared their experiences as entrepreneurs with the participants during the awareness programme.
Secretary Technical Education, Hilal Ahmad Parray also spoke on the occasion while Director Technical Education, Shabnam Shah Kamili presented the vote of thanks.