Srinagar: Continuing the discussions with working group, stakeholders of Knowledge Initiative, the Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo Thursday interacted with Secretary, Art & Cultural Academy, Director Handicrafts, Srinagar, Director Technical Education, Srinagar and Principal of Degree Colleges from Kashmir and Jammu Division.
The meeting was also attended by Financial Commissioner (Coordination) Resident Commission, J&K Government, New Delhi, K B Agarwal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal, senior officers and officials from education and Higher Education department.
During the meeting, Prof. Mattoo stressed upon the stakeholders, principals of colleges and schools to impart skills, teaching, learning research and innovation that will be drawn from global best practices and traditional norms, preparing policies, guidelines and schemes to ensure full literacy and competitive employability through an optimal use of existing infrastructure and human resources available in the State.
He also stressed to preparing a blueprint for information and communication technology initiatives that can harness the human resources talent in the State. He said a plan and guidelines for the creation of knowledge clusters that can become a hub of state of the art technology, research and innovation through the participation of major stakeholders.
Prof. Mattoo asked for preparing a blue print for the creation of a knowledge township in the state that will provide a state of the art environment for the youth to become globally competitive and where there is a seamless transition from studying to training to working to living within the same geographical space.
He stressed upon the heads to make the students able to exist in the present world of competition by imparting them quality education. Vocational training to the youth of the state would also help them in long way and it should be taken along with the regular education to the students, Prof Mattoo asked to the heads.
He also asked the heads in helping the government in formulating the education structure so that students after finishing their secondary education can start their own venture or avail opportunities to grab various jobs in the market.
During the meeting, academicians and other members shared their suggestions for transforming present education system and pitched for the strengthening of skill development and job-oriented courses based on modern curriculum.