On October 31, t Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], A day-long workshop on Youth Engagement and Outreach in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir was organized by J & K administration was today inaugurated by the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC), here. (ANI)

The day-long Workshop was divided into different technical sessions during which speakers from the corporate world and J&K Administration deliberated on various issues about the engagement and empowerment of the youth of J&K.

Earlier during the inaugural session, the delegates and the participants took a pledge on Rashtra Ekta Diwas.

Top Industry Heads attended the Workshop from Ashok Leyland, ICICI Foundation, Bombay Stock Exchange, Universities, IIMs/IITs and Policy Analysts from across the country.

The outreach program aims to create opportunities and infrastructure for engaging youth, addressing their issues and concerns, empowering them in entrepreneurship, self-employability, and creating livelihood for the youth in a well-curated and holistic manner.

During this Workshop, many multinational companies’ representatives gave their presentation on how they engage youth who are facing unemployment problems.

Representatives of companies who took part in the Workshop gave suggestions and presented schemes they want to launch in J-K for youth.

Addressing the gathering of Policy Analysts and Corporate heads of different organisations during the inaugural session of the event, the Lt Governor said, “I would like to inform that this Workshop aims to create institutes of mechanism to groom our youngsters. To make them valuable for J-K as well as the country.”

He remarked that in the past, many initiatives were taken to engage the youth here, but all of them somehow fell short of meeting all the requirements, so there is a need to have an umbrella programme that dovetails all the resources meant for this purpose to achieve the goal of youth empowerment and youth development.

During the Workshop, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said, “My idea of Institutional Mechanism under Mission Youth is to ensure that we have a concrete framework and a definite time-line to execute it on the fertile ground that we have prepared for you,” he added.

“I believe in concrete plans and immediate execution. My idea of Institutional Mechanism under Mission Youth is to ensure that we have a concrete framework and a definite time-line to execute it on the fertile ground that we have prepared”, he added.

On the occasion, he also announced that a seed fund of Rs 200 crores has been earmarked for creating initial infrastructure and institutional support for meeting the initial needs of this programme. He said this amount would be used to create a ‘Centre of Excellence’ and infrastructure in districts to realize our goals of making youth the leaders of success.

The Lt Governor also beckoned the industrial leaders to partner J&K in formulating and implementing the programme successfully. He assumed that best designs are not what looks good on paper but what works best when implemented on the ground.

He urged the national-level investors and industry experts to help Jammu and Kashmir Government create robust infrastructure and employment avenues for the UT youth. “The UT Government is aiming to build a robust infrastructure for our youth in all 6 identified focus areas and to create more favourable factors to bridge the gap between the alternate scenario and current growth rate in this Union Territory. We not only need your investments but your expertise as well, which will help us realize the dreams of prosperity, he added.

“It is my aim to truly create a stable policy and regulatory ecosystem to business so that they can build for scale and create a thriving start-up ecosystem that is inherently entrepreneurial in approach, creating local jobs and employment”, the Lt Governor maintained.

Compared to the national average unemployment rate of 13.8 percent, J-K has a 25 percent rate, almost double the national rate.

To fix the lag, we have before us Mission 2025 under which we have to bring opportunities to 80 percent of our J-K youth, he added.

Highlighting UT Government’s efforts in promoting entrepreneurship, the Lt Governor said that within one month, two aspiring entrepreneurs from every 4290 panchayats of J&K were selected for handholding, and about 10 thousand people have been provided loans through the J&K Bank to establish their businesses.

We believe in the Uniqueness of Youth Energy and providing Equal Opportunities for them to build a Modern, Equitable & Sustainable Society & the Nation. To bring changes to a society, the youth needs to be transformed at first. And this transformation needs to be thoughtful, he observed.

He also stressed the need to create a significant platform to cater to our talent pool and resources to our industrial, skill and modern technological gaps.

Speaking on occasion, Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam said that the Jammu and Kashmir Government aims to create a one-stop centre where all youth issues are addressed, be it their education their scholarships, their jobs, their skills or their entrepreneurship or self-employment.

He urged that ways and means should be searched for providing sustained support to youth as the piecemeal approach has not done any good in the past. Our youth has struggled due to many reasons as lack of avenues regarding job prospects, skill up-gradation, recreation abetted by poor educational standards, skill sets are taking toll on them. The main objective behind creating this platform is the overall development and progress of youth, he added

During his welcome address, Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, Arun Kumar Mehta, said that this is an opportune time to think about youth and create an environment for them where they can showcase their talent and make strides in every field of their choice, be it academics, administration and entrepreneurship.

He laid stress on the fact that the entire country is the platform to rear and chisel the talent of J&K youth, and recommendations taken from today’s Workshop would be guiding principles towards the formulation of future policy regarding the development of our youth.

Speaking on occasion, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, CEO, Mission Youth gave a detailed presentation on the programme and highlighted that the intent of the programme is to effectively facilitate young people to shape their future as per their aspirations and wishes.

Jammu and Kashmir Government aims to launch massive Youth Engagement and outreach programmes that would address the issues of the young population. The idea of Institutional Mechanism under Mission Youth is to ensure that we have a concrete framework and a definite time-line to execute the idea of youth empowerment and engagement plans. Youth Centres will be established in each district, which will be the nerve centres of all the activities to be taken through this program, he added.

During the Workshop, Ashok Leyland proposed establishing rural schools where school dropouts could be admitted to learn skills and trained to deliver in trades that are their areas of interest.

Other Industrialists and Bureaucrats also proposed several suggestions to include in the model formulated by the J&K Government regarding Mission Youth. (ANI)