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Talat chairs virtual meet with UNDP on setting up of YES Centers in JK Colleges

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JAMMU: Commissioner/Secretary Higher Education, Talat Parvez Rohella, Wednesday held a virtual meeting with the representatives of UNDP.

The meeting was also attended in person by Director EDI Ghulam Mohammad Dar, Rubina Kouser, Director JKSLRM, Dr. Peerzada Mohammad Yousuf, Director Colleges and other officers from the Higher Education.

The meeting was organized for setting up of Youth Employment Service (YES) Centers for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in Colleges of Jammu and Kashmir.

It was informed by the officers from the UNDP that it can help build workforce employability and industry readiness by equipping young people to make empowered choices through a robust career guidance and counseling programme, providing 21st century skills to youth, providing exposure to the world of work through internships, apprenticeships, facilitating access to jobs through industry outreach and to follow up post placement to provide mentorship and handholding. Ensuring the right of access to decent work, self-employment, and opportunities for training – especially for young people – is one of the main challenges governments and societies face given the important economic, fiscal, and social costs that unemployment and inactivity entail.

Despite the very different national dimensions, countries need to ensure that in the future, their workforce capacity will leverage inclusive economic growth and fair societies. Effective policy interventions are needed to guarantee that young people stay connected with the labour market throughout their working life, in particular, those facing vulnerability and at-risk of exclusion.

Talat Parvez, Commissioner Secretary Higher Education Department informed that helping young people acquire quality jobs is of primary concern. The consequences of poor transitions into a changing world of work can be observed in: long-term unemployed young people in developed countries; unemployed university graduates in emerging countries; and those in low-productivity family farms in low-income countries.

Employment services are one of the most cost-effective mechanisms to link jobseekers to available work. These services can be delivered by public, private, and non-government providers to all unemployed and active jobseekers. Assisting young people, however, often requires a combination of mainstream services and targeted approaches for a successful transition into employment.

The representatives were accordingly informed to submit a concrete proposal to the Higher Education Department on the above lines to make the youth of J&K more skilful and job ready.

…releases physiology book authored by local academicians

JAMMU: Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education Department, Talat Parvez Rohella, released a book titled ‘Animal Physiology and Biochemistry’ at Civil Secretariat here today.

The book has been authored by Principal Government Degree College Chenani, Dr. Pragya Khanna and Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Jammu, Parvinder Kumar.

Director Colleges, MY Peerzada; Additional Secretary, Higher Education, Sanjeev Rana; Nodal Principal, Jammu Division, Ravinder Tickoo and other academicians and officers were present on the occasion.

Commissioner Secretary lauded the efforts of these faculty members for rising up to the occasion and coming up with this publication for the students and researchers. He said that a responsible teacher must always find ways to advance his/her subject pedagogically while responding to the legitimate concerns of students.

Talat added that for a student to be educated in a discipline, awareness of disciplinary communication is necessary and it is incumbent upon the teachers to find ways to connect with the students both in terms of breadth and depth of material and with regard to their ability to be critical customers of scientific information.

Director Colleges also commended the efforts of the authors saying that the discipline of physiology is an ever evolving one and requires constant updating and thorough research.

Speaking about the book, Dr Pragya emphasised that the volume though comprehensive offers a thorough, easy to understand introduction to the fundamental principles of Animal Physiology. It uses a comparative approach with a wide range of examples from across the animal kingdom.

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