JAMMU: In order to effectively implement reforms in creating knowledge society innovative practices, community-based activities and out-of-box thinking needed to incorporated.
This was stated by Advisor to the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Prof Amitab Mattoo while delivering the H L Gupta Memorial Lecture for the year 2018 on the topic “The Challenge of Building a Knowledge Society in Jammu and Kashmir” at Model Institute of Education and Research, an official handout read.
Mattoo said that knowledge has always been a factor of production, and a driver of economic and social development and the emergence of the knowledge society is bringing about a fundamental reshaping of the global economy.
Prof Mattoo said, “A knowledge society generates, shares and makes available to all members of the society, knowledge that may be used to improve the human condition.” He elaborated upon the ‘pillars of the knowledge society’ which include: “ideas, the fourth industrial revolution and human capital”.
He deliberated upon how India survived and succeeded as a democracy its functioning after independence. He highlighted that even though there were many challenges in creating knowledge society in the state of J&K, “we can capitalise on youth that constitute 60-70% of the population of the state who could be channelised across boundaries in strengthening and reshaping economic frontiers”.
A book titled “Implementing Inclusion in Schools” was also released on this occasion which is an attempt to connect theoretical framework with practicing strategies and global trends in inclusive education in addition to highlighting challenges and issues, it added.