The Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, who was at Srinagar’s National Institute of Technology (NIT) on Saturday, said the Union Territory has one of the best education infrastructures in the country.
Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said, “Jammu and Kashmir is among the best in the country in terms of education infrastructure. We are bringing reforms for the transformation of the education ecosystem by bridging the gaps and opening up new opportunities for the younger generation to take up innovative challenges and be the change-maker.”
He laid the foundation stone for the extension of the girls hostel and inaugurated a state-of-the-art gymnasium at the NIT, Srinagar. He also took a brief review of the ongoing programmes of the institute in the field of technological advancements and research.
“After the Covid-19 pandemic, the whole world has changed. I believe that opportunities have also taken a dynamic shift. With new policies specially envisaged for empowering the youth and giving special impetus to the industrial growth, the government is creating an enabling environment for youth to be a partner in the progress and development of J&K,” he said.
The Lt Governor called upon the young innovators to focus on new inventions that will bring transformation in the life of a common man. “It is high time we came up with people-friendly innovation and creative solutions to address issues like ecological protection, exploring an alternate source of fuel, and strong road material. It will complement the government’s efforts to achieve development goals,” Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said.
He also asked the NIT Administration and the faculty members to take requisite measures for promoting a vibrant, and entrepreneurial environment, besides strengthening institute-industry linkages to promote job creation and develop new start-up ventures for creating better prospects for our younger generation.
“The government is providing every necessary handholding to the promising entrepreneurs of J&K. The stakeholders should inspire educated-unemployed youth to start their entrepreneurial journey,” Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said.
On the occasion, two innovators of Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship Department, Izan Majeed and Sheikh Inayatullah gave interesting presentations of their projects dedicated to the welfare of farmers and youth. The Lt Governor asked the young innovators to connect themselves with the ‘Mission Youth’ and take their innovations to the grass root for holistic development.
Meanwhile, the Director of NIT Srinagar, Professor Rakesh Sehgal, briefed the Lt Governor about the institute’s background and present scenario. He also informed the Lt Governor about the implementation of various centrally sponsored flagship programmes.
“We have adopted five villages and have also established skill centres in far-flung areas of the region to empower the local youth,” he added.
Professor Saad Parvez, Head of the Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IIED), also briefed Lt Governor Manoj Sinha about various initiatives taken by the IIED Centre.
Pertinently, the additional block of the girls hostel, having a total capacity of 120, is being constructed at a budgetary layout of Rs 13.22 crores out of the Internal Resource Generation of the Institute.
The inaugurated gymnasium has been developed under the Prime Minister Development Package at a cost of Rs 1.86 crore, which includes a gymnasium for the girls and boys and an outdoor gymnasium. (Courtesy India Today)