‘Become job creators instead of job seekers’
SRINAGAR: To increase job prospects of youth and to meet the skilled labour demand of industrial sector of the state, Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Thursday emphasised on the need for upgradation of polytechnics and Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs).
Ganai said this in a pre-placement awareness-cum-counselling programme, ‘Career Excellence’ organised by Department of Technical Education in collaboration with Soz-e-Kashmir, here at SKICC.
Addressing the gathering, the advisor said there was an urgent need for upgradation of ITIs and polytechnics in the State so that human resource trained from these centres could match with the latest demands of the industrial sector, an official handout read
He said it would be unfair on the part of youth to expect them to start their own entrepreneurial venture when they are not getting trained in the latest technological sciences. He urged that the society has to prepare for the next industrial revolution and for that new training module including Artificial Intelligence, automation services, etc should be looked into, the handout read.
Ganai said besides, introducing new courses, the focus should also be laid on investing to improve the infrastructure in the state training centres. “Students can learn better if they are provided with a conducive learning environment”, he said.
Ganai said although every now and then government acquires land to create a land-bank so that industrial units were established there, however, not every business nowadays requires land for the establishment. He said, “These days entrepreneurs start their ventures from a single room or from a small shop and soon they turn it into a million-dollar business with their innovation and creativity.”
Reiterating upon the youth to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, the advisor said “instead of running after public sector jobs, if youth with their skill set can start their own venture, they can not only provide job to themselves but to many others”.
He said the state was fortunate enough to have 65 per cent of its population of the age group 35 years and below. “Therefore, it is important to make best use of young and energetic human resource”, he said.
Expressing his optimism for better job prospects for the state youth, the advisor said “with leading entrepreneurs of state assuring that they would adjust most of the skilled youth in their businesses, the prospects of mitigating the unemployment issue seems quite bright”.