SRINAGAR: Women in Kashmir valley have taken educational sector to set up their entrepreneurial ventures. Rubina Akhter and Sakina Akhter of Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district have taken up this line of activity.
Rubina and Sakina have realized their dream by establishing Highland Public School at Gedwani, Pattan. The school was established in 2014 and despite the devastating floods that year the duo managed to run the affairs of the institute and have been able to enroll around 150 students of the adjacent areas with a staff strength of 12 persons. The school expects 400 fresh admission once the session starts in October-November this year. Sakina and Rubina were trained by Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) in the year 2011 and they started their venture with a total project cost of Rs 25 lakh under Seed Capital Fund Scheme (SCFS).
Highland Public School celebrated its Annual Day on Saturday which was attended by lecturers and teachers of various schools, students and their parents. Chief Programme Officer JKEDI (CPO), Dr. Majid Manzoor Khan was the chief guest on the occasion. JKEDI District Nodal Officer, Baramulla was also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Majid briefed the gathering about the activities of JKEDI.
He said unemployment is the biggest issue facing the state of J&K and about 10-12 lakh youth of the State are unemployed and the number increases every year. He urged the youth to change their mindset and attitude towards employment and come up with their own enterprises the way these two girls have done. The CPO congratulated the school management and advised the management to bring creativity and innovation towards the education sector.