J&K’s first skill conclave concludes in Srinagar

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More than 300 skill development stakeholders within and outside the state attended the two day event

Srinagar: First of its kind event in J&K, Talaash skill andentrepreneurship conclave aimed at engaging different stakeholders in skill building, entrepreneurship and grassroots innovations concluded on Sunday here at SKICC.
The two-day conclave was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Skill Development Mission (JKSDM) and included six brainstorming sessions on skill development, entrepreneurship, knowledge economy innovation, creating human resource for industry, fostering linkages etc.
Those who attended the conclave included Minister for IT, Technical Education and Higher Education Imran Raza Ansari, Minister for Finance, Labour and Employment AltafBukhari,Minister for Technical Education & Trainings Punjab Charanjeet Singh Channi, Chief Secretary J&K B.B. Vyas, Secretary-Technical EducationJavedKhan and other senior government officers. The Conclave was attended by representatives from National Skill Development Agency(NSDA), National Skill Development Corporation, Sector Skills Council representatives, academic institutions, industry players, civil society members, entrepreneurs and innovators of the state.
Appreciating the efforts of JKSDM, Deputy- Director General, NSDA Ajay Mishra said, “The role of JKSDM is vital in the promotion of traditional skills and crafts of J&K. Handicrafts is a brand of J&K and over the time its value has diminished. Focus should be on the revival of such traditional skills and crafts which can provide employment to a large population.”
Citing the example of the innovative prefabricated solar structures used in Ladakh to tackle harsh weather conditions, HeadSecmol,SonamWangchuk said, “Innovation holds the key to development and the need of the hour is to adopt fresh and innovative methods to solve our problems. We should follow our own things and not follow what others do.”
Imran Raza Ansari said, “I am hopeful that my team at J&K Skill Development Mission will try to work on the outcomes of the consultations which happened over the last two days here and devise new programs to improve the skill building environment in J&K.”
While felicitating the state level winners of India Skills-JK, 2018 AltafBukhari said, “I am hopeful that J&K Skill Development Mission team would leave no stone unturned in providing skilling opportunities to the youth so that their future becomes bright and hopeful.”
Mission Director- JKSDM Peer GN Suhail said, “The Conclave brought together various skill development stakeholders such as government functionaries, industry captains and professionals from across industries onto one platform to deliberate on important issues related to skill development and entrepreneurship in J&K. We are planning to hold such programs on regular basis.”
Besides technical sessions, the conclave included a skill exhibition including local innovations and crafts, felicitation ceremony of the state level winners of India Skill-J&K, 2018 and the institutions/trainers involved with it. Appreciation certificates were presented to the promising innovators and entrepreneurs as well.

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