JAMMU: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar on Sunday inaugurated a mega Job Fair-2023, organised by Labour and Employment Department at Convention Centre here.
Advisor Bhatnagar, after inaugurating the fair, inspected various stalls of employers and held detailed interaction with them regarding the skill requirements of their respective units and companies. He assured them that the curriculum in all the technical institutions has been designed keeping in view the skill gap and present and future job roles under NEP-2020.
Advisor, on the occasion, also interacted with various job seekers and assured them all possible assistance in getting jobs. Later, Advisor Bhatnagar held a detailed interaction with the job providers representing different companies and industrial associations.
During the interaction, Advisor highlighted that this Job Fair is a mega platform for both employers and job seekers as it will provide avenues for both of them as per their requirements. He added that this fair is also a platform to ascertain the potential of youth.
Advisor Bhatnagar further stated that as per the Industrial Policy, J&K is going to have a huge investment particularly in the infrastructure development sector which will make the UT a ‘Land of Opportunities’ and ‘Sunrise Region of the Country’.
Divulging on different interventions of J&K government for upgradation of Skill infrastructure across Jammu and Kashmir, Advisor Bhatnagar remarked that the Skill ecosystem in J&K has been upgraded and lot of advanced courses in line with NEP-2020 are being made available for the students. He advised the employers to suggest any kind of upgradation in existing course as per their industrial requirements.
Acknowledging suggestions of the participants, Advisor asked them to take students for internship and apprenticeship programmes in their respective companies so that they get on the job training and experience on the same besides an interest for the job will also be created among them.
Advisor further highlighted that the present LG led administration is encouraging Self Employment across Jammu and Kashmir as several schemes in different sectors have been initiated by the government for creating employability avenues for the youth. He added that under the Back to Village (B2V) and My Town My Pride (MTMP) programme, the administration has identified around 80,000 youth from all districts who will be skilled in different fields.
Asserting that J&K is booming with accelerated growth in last few years, Advisor Bhatnagar said that the Hospitality and Tourism Sector here is witnessing a tremendous boom which reflects the vision and commitment of the government to make the UT one of the best sought destinations across the globe. He advised all the stakeholders to upgrade their manpower as per the demands so that a world class hospitality industry is established in J&K.
While deliberating on other issues, Advisor Bhatnagar advised all the stakeholder to submit a detailed report of their respective industries regarding skill requirements in their companies so that the department can incorporate the same in the curriculum.
Speaking during the interaction, Commissioner Secretary Labour and Employment, Sarita Chauhan, highlighted the activities of the department and objective of organizing such kind of events across the UT
She said that the sole aim of the department is to bridge the gap between the job seekers and employers and provide them platform for mutual interaction. Director Employment, J&K, Nisar Ahmad Wani, presented a vote of thanks.
The Mega Job Fair witnessed a huge participation of job seekers in which more than 60 local and national level employers participated. Besides, several government departments installed their stalls and raised awareness among job seekers regarding various self-employment schemes.
Notably, more than 4000 candidates participated in the mega Job Fair and around 60 reputed organisations/companies projected job openings of around 1911 and about 1000 candidates were shortlisted and a total of 200 candidates were selected on spot.