Need to promote young, fertile minds to keep pace with technology: Edu min

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JAMMU: Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari and Minister of State for Education and Culture, Priya Sethi on Monday interacted with engineering students from state and outside state engineering colleges here at the 5th National Conference & Exhibition on Engineering and Innovative Trends in Engineering Technology (NCEEITET) hosted jointly by the Government College of Engineering and Technology, Jammu and Indian Institute of Technology (ITI) Kharagpur.
In his inaugural address, Altaf Bukhari highlighted the importance of grooming J&K youth in modern fields “to compensate the loss incurred by the state over 25 years of turmoil”, an official handout read.
He said, “There is imminent need for putting in extraordinary efforts to promote the young and fertile minds to enable the state to keep pace with the technological advancements.”
He said the state needed improvement on every front and “the onus lies on the new generation”.
“Education sector has borne the maximum brunt of the turmoil and only education advancement can bring out the state from the prevailing morass,” he said.
In her address, Priya Sethi urged the budding engineers to use their abilities to improve the life of common man.
She said, “As per a study the country has 1.5 billion young technocrats who are putting in their abilities to enable the country to achieve new heights in technology. I think their efforts should be directed towards improving the day-to-day living of the masses.”
She listed the steps being taken by the state and government of India towards skill advancement of youth.
He students of GCET, Engineering Colleges of Baba Ghulam Shah Badsha University, Shri Mata Vaishnoo Devi University and various private Engineering colleges had put up their innovative scientific models at the exhibition. The ministers held detailed interaction with the students to know about their models and innovative ideas, the handout read.
The Power Grid Corporation of India, Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Corporation, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JKEDA), National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) and some private companies had put up their stalls to intimate the budding engineers about their field and its requirements in terms of innovation.
Senior faculty IIT Kharagpur Prof SS Phatak, ATM Power Grid Shafat Ahmed and EESL representative Manu Mudgul underlined the rising need of innovation in different streams of engineering and scope for young engineers to use their innovations, the handout added.