Outlet offers traditional goods for sale, designed by students
SRINAGAR: To promote the skills of students, Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Thursday inaugurated a retail outlet Kunj-e-Zebaish at Kashmir Haat where products designed by students of Government College for Women, Nawa Kadal are put for sale, an official press note read.
The outlet, according to the press note, offers dozens of goods including Papier Mâché items, paintings, tablecloths, Roti baskets, aprons, T-shirts, Abhayas, tray covers, traditional Kashmiri items and other innovative goods.
The minister was accompanied by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan, DC Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Principal Government College for Women, Nawa Kadal, Prof Rifat Gillani, students and other concerned officials.
The minister praised the college authorities for this novel initiative and encouraged them by shopping various items worth Rs 11,000 from the outlet. He also asked them to install a PoS machine for smooth transactions, the press note read.
Prof Rifat Gillani informed the minister that the Skill Empowerment Cell which is already established at Government College for Women, Nawa Kadal, provides training to students in dress designing and Papier Mâché craft. “The products made by students of the Nawa Kadal College will be put on sale at the outlet,” she said adding, this would help in boosting the confidence of students who can start their own business ventures in future.
Altaf Bukhari also visited various stalls where artisans had put their products on sale in the ongoing 12-day National Handloom Expo ‘Dast-e-Hunar’ which will conclude on November 3.
Shopkeepers informed the minister about the shortage of water in toilets at Kashmir Haat. He assured an immediate redreessal of their problem, the press note added.