CHANDIGARH: On Day-II, Minister for Rural Development Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice, Abdul Haq Khan continued his interaction with JK students studying in various colleges of Punjab.
The minister is on a visit to the state to meet JK students and get feedback from them regarding the steps government needs to take to ensure comfortable stay of students in other states while they study, an official handout read.
The minister visited Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology Banur, Chandigarh and held an interaction with students. The students apprised the minister about various issues faced by them while their stay in other states and also suggested various measures to be taken by the government to assist the students in case of problems.
During the interaction, students raised a demand of setting up of a special helpline and a special cell in the state through which the students can contact the government immediately in case they need any help and the dedicated officials of the special cell can coordinate with the respective states.
They also raised the issue of delays in various GoI sponsored scholarships and sought government intervention in getting the issues resolved.
Many other students suggested the government to open technical universities in the state so that not only the local students but also the students from other states could come to J&K to study.
The minister assured them that he would communicate their suggestions to the government and that all the measures/steps would be taken to safeguard the interests of the students who were studying outside the state.
He also shared personal phone numbers with the students and asked them to contact him directly in case they needed any government assistance.
The minister was accompanied by Mission Director JKSRLM, Bakshi Javid Hamayun, Additional Mission Director Kapil Sharma and other senior officers of the state government and Chandigarh government besides the officials of the university.
While interacting with the students in the university, the minister said “after parents, it is the responsibility of the government to take care of its youth who are studying or working outside the state.
He urged the students to be the ambassadors of the J&K state and help in breaking the negative stereotype about Kashmir built by a section of media.
He said, “During the interactions with students in various states I came to know that the students are the primary sufferers of the negative image being portrayed of J&K by blowing minor issues out of proportion.”
He added that students need to act as ambassadors of peace in the respective states they are studying. Abdul Haq said studying outside their state could be a blessing in disguise as students get to know more people and diverse cultures and help in removing negative stereotypes thereby bridging the gaps and bringing the people together., the handout read.
He said, “Once the people talk to each other all the negative notions against each other get demolished and real picture comes to the fore and that is the only way that the people of Kashmir can counter the narrative being constructed by a section of media.”