JAMMU: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has stressed on developing knowledge industry in the state and working out necessary infrastructure to create quality human material.
Speaking at the presentation of recommendations of the Knowledge Initiative set up by the government some time back, the chief minister said with the coming up of many institutions of higher learning in the state there is a consequent opportunity to create a knowledge hub which would lead to a knowledge industry where by the state can produce quality human material at the national and international level.
Agreeing with the recommendations of the report, Mehbooba Mufti asked for converting it into an Action Plan and thereby executing the same for creating a knowledge industry in the state. She said there is a need to re work the relationship between academia, industry and job market for which she said the recommendations would be of great value.
The Chief Minister said there is a need for making our education knowledge based with all the inputs of a local system whereby the passed out of a course are automatically trained for a job based on the knowledge gained. In this regard she stressed on working out apprenticeships, incubation centres and other interactions between colleges and the industry.
The meeting was informed that the report of the Knowledge Initiative was more of a stakeholders’ analysis based on the interactions with students, teachers, industry representatives across all the three regions of the state.
Minister for Education, Syed Altaf Bukhari; Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo; Chief Secretary, B B Vyas; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Dr Asgar Samoon and other senior officers besides representatives of Knowledge Initiative were present during the presentation.