SRINAGAR: The government on Friday decided to constitute a committee to finalise modalities for starting horticulture courses in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) of the state.
According to an official handout issued here, the Minister for Horticulture, Abdul Rehman Veeri, convened a high-level meeting of the officers of Horticulture and Technical Education departments here to discuss the initiative.
After deliberating upon several issues for starting the courses in ITIs, the meeting decided to form “a committee of the officers of the departments to finalise the syllabus and other modalities for the said course,” it said.
The meeting was, among others, attended by the Commissioner Secretary Agriculture production Mohammad Ashraf Bukhari, Director Technical Education, Director Planning Agriculture Production, Secretary Technical Education Board, Director Horticulture, Kashmir, Director HP&M, and MD JKHPMC, it said.
“The meeting also discussed the proposed seat capacity for courses, and decided that about 400 youth would be imparted basic horticulture training annually. The courses will commence from November this year,” the handout said.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said the government is making “concerted efforts” to give a boost to the state’s horticulture sector.
“The aim of introducing these courses is to impart basic horticulture training to educated youth, enabling them to earn livelihood and gain employment in the horticulture sector,” he said.
He instructed the concerned officers to finalise the requisite modalities for the purpose in time for early inauguration of the courses.
Horticulture sector, he said, guarantees “ample opportunities” of employment in the state, and the government “is keen to explore” all possibilities to promote this sector and engage more and more skilled youth in it.
“The government would provide financial assistance and technical knowhow of modern horticulture cultivation to the youth for setting up their own ventures under horticulture sector,” Veeri said, asking youth to come forward and gain horticulture skills “for a better future”.