Akhtar for blending Edu system with market needs

BARAMULLA: Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar,Tuesday inaugurated the newly constructed Library Block at Government College for Women, Baramulla, that has come up at the cost of Rs 4.53 crore. The Minister also laid the foundation stone for the Lecture hall that will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 5.35 crore.

The Minister was accompanied by MLA Baramulla, Javaid Hassan Beig, Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education, Sarita Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmad, and Principal Government College for Women, Baramulla besides other senior officers of the District Administration.

The Minister also visited vocational training centre established in the college in order to provide vocational training to the students in various fields. He formally inaugurated a Boutique there to provide practical training to the students in fashion designing. He said besides 10 sewing machines, two designer embroidery machines would be provided to the newly created centre to augment its infrastructure.

During his visit, the Minister also interacted with the teachers and students of Government Middle School bangle Bagh, which is coming up as a mode school in the area. He lauded the efforts of the teachers in refurbishing the school both infrastructure-wise and academically.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the present dispensation under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, has taken up various initiatives to streamline the education system in the State. The Minister called for making academic and vocational courses relevant to market demands, so that educated youth do not have to wait for jobs. He said that vocational courses are being encouraged along with the academics so that the students could develop skills in order to earn their livelihood adding that the teaching community should guide students to pursue career oriented vocational courses so that they could meet the demands of the market driven economy.

MLA Baramulla and Principal, Government College for Women Baramulla also spoke on the occasion.

Later on the occasion a cultural programme was also presented by the students of the college.

On way, the Minister also visited Higher Secondary School Pattan for on the spot inspection.

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