Mehbooba urges int’l community to recognize potential of JK youth
SRINAGAR, MAY 02, 2016 – Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, Monday urged the international community to recognize the huge potential and talent of youth of Jammu & Kashmir by navigating their knowledge and expertise into key areas where they have set global benchmarks.
“I expect major youth-oriented interventions from the international community to give wings to the ambition of our talented youth,” she said while talking to the Ambassador of Germany in India, Dr. Martin Ney, here this morning. He was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Med Gabriele Ney.
Batting for greater exchange of ideas between the youth of J&K and those from overseas, the Chief Minister said our small baby steps need a big push from countries like Germany, which have a wealth of expertise in the fields of skill development, biotechnology, animal husbandry and horticulture. She said the transfer of knowledge can take place only when there is a healthy discourse on matters of mutual interest.
Mehbooba Mufti also suggested if Germany can introduce a few scholarship and fellowship programmes for bright young students and entrepreneurs for which a link-up between industry and academia of the two sides can be mutually worked out.
Speaking on matters of conflict resolution and challenges facing world peace today, Mehbooba Mufti said J&K, being the only Muslim majority state in the country, can become a showcase window to which the world can look up to. She, however, opined that unless there is a greater exchange and people-to-people contact, it will be very difficult for anyone to change their opinion.
Favouring a rethink on travel advisories imposed by several European countries, Mehbooba Mufti said Kashmir is unjustly compared with conflict zones in other parts of the world, where sheer magnitude of violence is so huge that people are being driven out of their homes.
Describing Kashmir as one of the most beautiful places on the earth, Dr. Ney said he is visiting the valley as part of Germany’s Management Training Programme, in collaboration with CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). He said he will be attending an apple clinic with some young entrepreneurs in Shopian tomorrow to see how we can help transfer of technology and best practices. “We are particularly targeting the small and medium enterprises and hope to build a long-term relationship,” he said, while assuring the Chief Minister of greater cooperation in key sectors of intervention.