SRINAGAR: J&K’s human resource is second to none, but the mental levels of ambition of the youth would continue to be curbed unless a concerted effort is made to harness, hone, and regenerate the creativity that Kashmir is known for, Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar, said Thursday.
He was speaking as the chief guest at a function organised by the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) here in connection with the ongoing ‘Digital India Week’.
The minister said “the best of Kashmiri youth are, unfortunately, not able to think beyond the ceiling of casual and seasonal employment”.
“It is the youth including the professionals, doctors and engineers who have now to play an active role in governance and have to guide, monitor and ensure accountability in governance,” he said.
He said unless the education system becomes a source of knowledge, awareness, and empowerment, the state will not be able to excel in other fields.
The state, he said, is on “a path of retrieval” and has already made “small beginnings” at the primary level, for it is at this level where the minds are molded and attitudes formed.
“If the first brick is not laid correctly, the wall built as a result is always weak or faulty,” he said.
Giving reference of Japan’s reemergence as the second largest economy of the world through development of its human resource after World War II, the minister said, “For human resource development and for the growth of a knowledge society, there is need to tap human energies and potentialities.
“It is important for us to understand that it is not physical or material resource that defines a nation or its people, but it is the quality of its human resource.”
The state, being part of a big developing economy, needs to prepare for competition at the global or the national level, he said, adding, “We could occupy all economic spaces in the country but only if we make ourselves indispensable”.
Earlier, two movies—‘Kashmir into the murky waters’ and ‘Saaz’—were screened on the occasion. The minister also released a magazine ‘Kashmir Impulse’ in presence of various dignitaries.
Vice Chancellor CUK, Prof Mehraj–u–Din Mir, was also present on the occasion.