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 ‘AVSAR’ portal launched to connect J&K youth with industry

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Initiative aims to provide over 10,000 job opportunities to youth in 2022: LG

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday launched a dedicated portal of Mission Youth in collaboration with Vision India, to connect the youth of J&K with the industry.

The initiative aims to provide more than 10,000 job opportunities to the youth in 2022, he said.

According to an official press release, the dedicated portal – AVSAR – ‘Connect to Opportunities Initiative’– has been provisioned to facilitate our youth with real-time information flow notifying students about pre-placement activities and job opportunities. All ITIs and other technical institutions in the UT will be on-boarded in the program for achieving the best outcomes for our enterprising youths.

Speaking on the occasion, the LG said J&K Administration has taken many steps to create infrastructure, schemes and policies to speed up economic development, and to meet the aspirations of youth so they can contribute to society and achieve self-growth.

The easily accessible online platform would act as an interface between trained and skilled workforce and industry requirement in J&K, he added.

“Jammu and Kashmir administration is determined to provide quality education, skill training and better employment to the youth,” the LG said on the launch of online portal dedicated to connect youth with job opportunities.

The LG asked the CEO, Mission Youth to organize job fairs in Jammu and Srinagar to facilitate youth.

The LG said that keeping in view the industries to be set up in J&K under the New Industrial Scheme, special focus should be given on training of local youth to fulfill the needs of skilled workforce.

He further directed for conducting a survey and preparing a database of all the people who are to be connected with job opportunities.

Pertinently, acting as a bridge to connect youngsters with industry, Mission Youth under its AVSAR (Connect to Opportunities Initiative) has signed an MOU with Vision India for providing job opportunities to the youth of J&K. The program aims to connect various corporate, national and multi-national companies, with youth of J&K having skill and employability, the press release said.

Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, while speaking on the occasion termed the AVSAR initiative as historic and unprecedented. He complimented the team of Mission Youth led by Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, CEO Mission Youth, and impressed upon him to explore the possibility of connecting every employable youth with job opportunities.

Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary briefed the chair about the aims and targets set up under the AVSAR initiative of Mission Youth. He informed that placement cells would be established to facilitate the youth.

B K Singh, Principal Secretary School Education; Vivek Kumar, CEO, Vision India, besides officers of Mission Youth were present on the occasion, in person and through video conferencing.

LG calls for implementation of NEP-2020, provisions of the UGC Act & the Cluster Universities Act

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today chaired the 2nd University Council meeting of Cluster University of Jammu, here at Raj Bhavan.

The Council led by the Lt Governor discussed the important role that education has to play in the development process and transformation towards being a modern knowledge society, an official spokesman said in a statement issued after the meeting.

He said that the Lt Governor, who is the Chancellor of the University, sought a detailed report on the academic and allied activities, besides various measures taken for strengthening the academic and research environment in the University.

Laying special emphasis on capacity building, job oriented and skill development courses for the students, LG directed for concerted efforts to foster skilling of youth as per job market requirements and greater interaction between academia and industry, the spokesman said, adding, “he further said that assessment of existing courses must be carried out to create atmosphere of intellectual inquiry, innovation and inventiveness”.

The Lt Governor said that Universities across Jammu Kashmir must complement the efforts of government in transforming the economic landscape of UT by producing result-oriented research and called for promoting excellence in teaching and extension activities, strengthening technical education, optimum utilization of University’s resources, and implementing NEP-2020 and provisions of the UGC Act and the Cluster Universities Act in the letter and spirit, said the spokesman.

“Speaking on the NEP-2020, the Lt Governor said that the National Education Policy-2020 would enable our children to become proficient in modern education as well as the values of our ancient traditions and culture,” the spokesman said, adding, LG also laid stress on the need to regularly identify new courses and carrying impact assessment of the on-going courses.

Among other decisions, the council approved the proposal for construction of Controller of Examinations Building (G+5) worth Rs 39 crore, said the spokesman.

Earlier, Prof. Bechan Lal, Vice Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu, gave a detailed glimpse of various activities undertaken by the constituent colleges, programs offered, digital initiatives, extracurricular activities for students and faculty besides, informing the chair about events organised under Azadi ka Amrit Mahostav and achievements of students in academic, co-curriculum and sports activities.

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