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LG seeks Jan Bhagidari of religious leaders to fight Covid

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Inaugurates online edu platform for students

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today chaired a sensitization meeting with religious leaders from across Jammu & Kashmir at, SKICC here today.

Highlighting the role of religious leaders under greater ‘Jan Bhagidari’ (community participation), the Lt Governor called upon them to make efforts for assisting sensitization, surveillance and driving behavioural change among the people to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

According to an official press release, expressing gratitude towards all religious leaders for participating in scores at the venue and through video conferencing from across J&K, the Lt Governor underscored the importance of their indispensable role to spread awareness about Covid SOPs and precautionary measures to be taken.

In his address, the Lt Governor laid stress on the detailed four pillars of effective Covid management — Testing, Health System Preparedness, Surveillance/Containment and Individual Behaviour — as highlighted by Dr. V K Paul, Member NITI Aayog. He explained how each of these pillars helps in the decisive battle against the virus.

The Lt Governor also urged the leaders to promote ways to strengthen immunity like regular exercise, healthy diet, and use of Ayurvedic/Unani medicines.

The religious leaders unanimously assured the Lt Governor and the UT administration that they would extend full cooperation to them in the fight against the ongoing pandemic. They acknowledged their ever-important role in the mission against Covid and also prayed for normalcy at the earliest, the press release said.

It was assured by the Lt Governor that all suggestions put forward by the religious leaders would be considered for putting up a united front against Covid-19. He also urged them to spread awareness about the J&K Health Scheme under which all families, even the ones which were earlier not eligible under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri-Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), will be entitled to get health insurance of Rs 5 lakh every year.

In his special address, resource person, and member NITI Aayog, Prof Dr. Vinod K Paul also gave a detailed presentation describing ways to contain the spread of the virus. Stress was laid on wearing of masks and regular sanitization of hands with soap or hand sanitizer liquids.

Informative presentation and a video message by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also showcased at the occasion. The assembly was informed about the transmission ways of the dreaded coronavirus. Statistics were also presented to the gathering to validate how effective social distancing and other measures are in preventing the spread of the virus, the press release said.

Meanwhile, Manoj Sinha e-inaugurated an online process-based Standardized & Scalable Career Education Platform for students here today.

“The initiative is a step towards transforming the way in which our youth looks at building his/her future in the world of possibilities,” an official press release said.

It said the on-line, process-based, Standardized & Scalable, Globally Certified, Career Education Platform, under Career Education Initiative of J&K Government in partnership with Transform Foundation aims to harness the energy, enthusiasm, and exuberant dreams of the youth of J&K.

The overall intent is to enable curiosity, creative thinking, and awareness in youth along with decision-making skills which will lead to continuous, lifelong learning and career development, the press release said.

“The unique initiative will be implemented for students in Ganderbal and Udhampur districts of Jammu and Kashmir in the first phase and would be providing career education guidance to the students so that they can at a very early stage of their studies choose their academic preferences and their future career goals. The innovative initiative is in line with the New Education Policy 2020 and will engage and enable the youth of Jammu and Kashmir to not only explore the world of work and connect their learning choices to work opportunities but will also enable the government to align its initiatives with the interests and aspirations of young people and participate in their livelihood and success,” the press release said.

Speaking on the occasion the Lt Governor emphasized the need for enabling the students with the capacity to question and inculcating the spirit of scientific inquiry and humanism.

“Such quality educational initiatives can transform the landscape of union territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” he remarked.

Referring to the initiatives of the Prime Minister, the Lt Governor said that the mantra of engagement is the key to success in every field — be it administration, education — as it can bring quality results. He said the youth should get quality education so that they can create a niche for themselves in different fields and the latest initiative is a step in this regard wherein they will be given proper guidance for choosing their academic preferences and later on their careers.

The Advisor to Lt Governor, K K Sharma, explaining the nuances of the platform expressed the desire that after the review of the pilot, the initiative be rolled out in the remaining districts of the UT. He also underscored that the career counseling at an early stage of their academic career can go a long way in providing the necessary guidance to our youth so that they can take up their career according to their likings and strengths.

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