SRINAGAR: The Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar, on Thursday stressed on the idea of having college students in Ladakh run tourism-related small enterprises like for catering, guide services, and Sea Buckthorn farming.
Visiting various educational institutions in Ladakh’s Leh district to take stock of the infrastructure and academic facilities, he said the growing and fast-changing economy has created a need for making academic courses relevant to the market demands. The minister unemployment is a major challenge staring at the educated youth, with the liberalisation of economy and demand of skilled manpower having increased manifold.
“Courses to be taught in educational institutions need to be technical and divergent enough to cater to the changing economy,” he said, adding that the “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.
The endeavor, he said, will give confidence to the students in setting up their own ventures and to see entrepreneurship as a career option.