‘Industry-academia collaborations imp for employment generation’
Srinagar: A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Friday between Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC), University of Kashmir and Kashmir Motors Technical Training Institute (KMTTI) Srinagar, for skill development of local unemployed youth to empower them to “become job providers instead of job seekers”.
The MoU was signed by Prof Neelofar Khan, Registrar University of Kashmir and Prof G Mohiuddin Bhat, Advisor EDC, on behalf of University of Kashmir, and Ufair Ajaz Kitab on behalf of Kashmir Motors.
In his introductory remarks at the signing ceremony, Prof Bhat said the current initiatives of education have moved from ‘knowledge creation’ to ‘knowledge application’ and the MoU is a positive step towards this initiative.
Ufair Ajaz reiterated the commitment on behalf of his company to provide the state-of-the-art training to the deserving youth and assured of their suitable and satisfactory placement of the qualified trainees.
While congratulating EDC and Kashmir Motors at the occasion, Prof Neelofar Khan said that such industry-academia collaborations are important for economic growth and employment generation in a state like J&K which has the highest rate of unemployment in the country.
The signing ceremony was attended by several officers including Prof Altaf Hussain Pandith, member advisory board of EDC, Prof Rais Qadri, Dean Students’ Welfare and other officers of University of Kashmir and Kashmir Motors, Srinagar.
As per the MOU, Kashmir Motors will provide skill development training to the eligible youth identified by EDC and arrange suitable placement for at least 70 percent of the trainees, who shall complete the training successfully as certified by EDC.
Kashmir Motors group of Companies, is an OEM of Honda India products in Kashmir with a large market share in domestic and agricultural products including domestic kerosene/LPG generators, pesticide spray machines, water pumps, brush cutters, land tillers, tractors etc. The company is one of the major authorised dealers/service providers of two-wheeler and three-wheeler automobiles in Kashmir.