LG Slams Pak For ‘Pushing’ Kashmiris On Wrong Path

Srinagar: Terming terrorism and violence as a curse for the civilized society, the Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said Wednesday that the responsibility of building a great nation, a prosperous Jammu and Kashmir rests on the shoulders of our youth

“While our country is producing CEOs of Microsoft, Google, Adobe etc, on the other hand, the neighbouring country is pushing our youth on the wrong path. I urge those who are misguided by the enemies to move forward with peace, love and mutual trust, and walk together on the path of development,” Sinha, as per an official spokesperson said Wednesday.

He made these remarks while addressing the Special Convocation of the University of Kashmir here. The LG, he said, termed terrorism and violence as a curse for the civilized society.

“The responsibility of building a great nation and a prosperous Jammu & Kashmir rests on the shoulders of our youth. Bright young minds are the only force capable of building a peaceful, progressive and prosperous community,” Sinha said.

Highlighting the reforms National Education Policy (NEP) is bringing in the education sector, the LG, as per the official spokesperson observed that the new policy allows the students to learn things that matter and are relevant to an ever-changing world.

The LG, he said, maintained that University of Kashmir will play a big role in J&K's knowledge economy and convergence of higher education and skill training, besides fulfilling the aspirations of a prosperous education system and future India.

“Kashmir University has realigned the courses for developing the culture of innovation & entrepreneurship, creating an intellectually stimulating environment, and taking multidisciplinary research to the international arena,” the LG said, as per official spokesperson.

“The present education system is future-oriented where most of the ideas and ideals are taken from present circumstances. For the first time in history, we can proudly say that material wealth and mental wealth are developing exponentially and simultaneously,” he added.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG asked the faculty members to maintain a balance between the teaching and learning aspects to produce global talent to meet the demand of changing market dynamics.

“The educational institutions need to focus on re-skilling, up-skilling, and new-skilling to make the young generation future-ready,” Sinha added.

Underscoring the reformative measures taken by the UT Government in preparing J&K’s youth for Industry 4.0, the LG, as per the official spokesperson said that today, two Centres for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training, one each in Baramulla and Jammu are making our youth acquainted with the new technological framework of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, besides accelerating the mission of Digital India.

“We are also channelizing the young energies through initiatives like youth clubs, and making them partners in the governance process,” he said, adding “Taking higher education to the far-flung areas of the UT, Kashmir University has set up satellite campuses, and because of such efforts, it has been included in the top 50 universities of the country. The Skill Centre run by International Cooperation, Center of Excellence and Kashmir University is also facilitating the youth coming from small panchayats and towns,”

The LG, according to the official spokesperson also quoted Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and asked the students to not believe in luck, but believe in hard work for a bright future.

“I hope Dr Kalam's words will guide you in your new journey. On August 15, the country celebrated its 75th Independence Day with great festivity. Now, the golden opportunity of the next 25 years is before you for the centenary celebrations of Independence and you must resolve to take the nation to a new height of development,” the LG said.

Sharing his experiences as an IIT student in Banaras Hindu University, the LG, as per official spokesperson observed that today's generation has more resources, more access to information and tools.

“Although we are living in a world consistently shifting due to pandemic, it is also providing more challenges and opportunities for growth,” he said.

On this occasion, the LG awarded gold medals to the students who excelled in academics. A total of 282 gold medals were awarded to girl students against 88 to boys during the convocation. The event was also attended by NC patron Dr. Farooq Abdullah and senior civil administration and police officials.

Sinha, who is also the Chancellor of the University, congratulated the Gold Medalists & those graduating from the University of Kashmir.

Our country has built a vibrant democracy, a modern economy, in which the most important change is to make women socially and economically strong. The academic achievement of our girls is testament to the positive transformation taking place in J&K for women empowerment, the LG said, while expressing happiness over the girl students achieving maximum gold medals.

He also congratulated the Vice Chancellor and all the faculty members for making constant efforts in bringing educational reforms, besides realizing the dream and vision of freedom fighters.

Earlier, the official spokesperson said, Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir delivered the welcome address and read out the university report.

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