Akhtar for tourism based business models in colleges

LEH: Minister for Education, Mr Naeem Akhtar today visited various educational institutions here to take stock of the infrastructure and academic facilities.

During his visit to Eliezer Joldan Memorial College here, the Minister interacted with the students and said he wants to get a sense of what the students expect from the government in education and to explore their creativity, energy, potential and aspirations. He said with the growing and fast-changing economy there is need for making academic courses relevant to the market demands so that the educated youth do not have to wait for jobs.

Stating that unemployment is a major challenge staring at the educated youth today, the Minister said with the liberalization of the economy, demand of skilled manpower has increased manifold. “Courses to be taught in educational institutions need to be technical and divergent enough to cater to the changing economy,” he said and added that inner abilities and creative skills among the students are required to be encouraged through introduction of vocational courses and on the job training in schools and colleges like Boutique technology etc.

Citing examples of business models in reference to tourism in Ladakh, the Minister stressed upon the idea of starting small enterprises that could be run by the college students in catering, guide services, sea buckthorn farming, etc. The Minister added that such an endeavor will give confidence to the students in setting up their own ventures and pursue entrepreneurship as a career option.  

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