Students: ‘Google’ Your Career @ IJT Counselling Cell

SRINAGAR: Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), an all-Muslim student organization, has started a Career-cum-Counselling Cell that aims to help students identify and seek admission in various courses and qualify higher competitive examinations.

State president of IJT, Umar Sultan, while talking to the Kashmir Observer said, “IJT Career Counselling Cell is part of IJT’s student welfare programme.”

“Besides providing religious and moral guidance to the student fraternity of Jammu and Kashmir, we try to make them aware about various career opportunities to excel,” Umar said.

It is pertinent to mention here, the IJT career counselling cell is among many such initiatives of the student body to prepare students of J&K to excel in future academic pursuits.

IJT has been holding annual ‘Talent Search Test (TST) in which over 30000 students participate. “Through TST,” Umar said, “we try to familiarize students about the pattern of higher competitive examinations like CET, NEET, JEE and other medical and engineering entrance tests.”

In 2015 fall, IJT started the Career Counselling Cell with a motive to guide students in advance about their future studies. “Through this platform, we inform students about various courses available in Jammu and Kashmir and outside,” Umar added.

“Besides, we provide information related to various local and international scholarships,” he said.

Students believe the IJT career counselling cell has come as a “relief” amid mushrooming of ‘fake career consultancies’ which are looting people.

“The IJT career guidance cell does not charge anything from the students,” the IJT president informed. “The students need to give us a call and our people respond to their queries and guide them about the best course available for them.”

“We want students of Jammu and Kashmir to avail every available opportunity and excel since we believe our youth are highly talented and intelligent but unfortunately they lack proper guidance and counselling,” Umar explained.

With the change in pattern and revolution in information technology, Umar said, IJT was also trying to transform and revise its programs. “Career counselling was always part of IJT’s policy but it was done in traditional way and was limited to providing information and awareness regarding various available courses during our seminars and conferences.”

“However, we have now changed the pattern of counselling,” Umar, who is alumni of Kashmir University’s prestigious Media Education Research Centre (MERC), said, adding, “besides continuing with our old practices, we have constituted many teams to guide students in real time when admission notifications are issued by institutions in J&K or outside.”

“These teams remain available 24×7 through notified helpline numbers,” Umar said. “Recently our team at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) received more than fifteen hundred phone calls from Jammu and Kashmir within a few days of advertisement,” Umar said, maintaining that “the callers included a Pandit student from Jammu and students from far flung Karnah area of the Valley”.

Web links of Free Study Material and Previous year Question Papers

“Recently, we also started an exclusive [email protected] which besides providing career related information has many pro-student features,” Umar said. “Students can visit their newly launched website, which has been exclusively designed for students, and can easily download free previous year question papers as well.”

The people at the IJT cell detail various fellowships, institutions which fund education abroad and foreign education opportunities, besides information related to local educational opportunities. “It is kind of a one-stop-shop,” he said.

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