Srinagar: In a bid to promote the skills of students, the Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today inaugurated a retail outlet Kunj-e-Zebaish at Kashmir Haat where the products designed by students of Government College for Women, Nawa Kadal are put for sale.
The outlet 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.
Prof Rifat Gillani informed the Minister that the Skill Empowerment Cell which is already established at Government College for Women, Nawa Kadal, provides the 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 will help in boosting the confidence of students who can start their own business ventures in future.
Altaf Bukhari also visited various stalls where the artisans have put on sale of their products in the ongoing 12-day National Handloom Expo ‘Dast-e-Hunar’ which will conclude on November 3.
On the occasion, shopkeepers informed the Minister about the shortage of water in toilets at Kashmir Haat to which he assured a water tank will be installed within a day to address the issue.