Calls upon students to dedicate themselves towards building Aatma Nirbhar JK, advocates imparting moral education to students
Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha Monday emphasized on imparting Outcome-based Education in educational institutions to bridge the gap between available Human Capital and Industry requirements.
He Governor was speaking during the 1st Convocation of Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Awantipora, held here at SKICC.
During the convocation, as many as 7000 meritorious students, including 163 Gold medalists were awarded degrees. In addition to this, 14 scholars were also awarded Doctorate and M.Phil Degrees.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor, who is also the Chancellor of the University, congratulated the graduating students and gold medalists for their academic performance, and faculty members for shaping the young minds. He also extended his best wishes to the proud parents and family members.
He said the government is according high priority to the Education sector.
He observed that the students of Jammu and Kashmir have high potential which is evident from the large number of students entering higher education institutions. He called upon the student community to dedicate themselves towards building AatmaNirbhar Jammu & Kashmir.
Sinha stressed on the need to encourage innovation at the University level through Outcome-based Education, so that the network of science and management firms, research institutes, technology firms, technical services would also be added to it in future.
Emphasizing on strengthening of College-Industry connect, covering the Skill Gap, enhancing Industry Exposure and project-based experience while studying, the Lt Governor underlined the importance of developing the capabilities and skills of the youth to prepare them for the modern global market trends.
“Competition can be fought only through innovation in every field. Education does not just mean information and learning. It is important for all of us to understand that education means invention. To become the most powerful country in the world, we have to engage the new generation into creative work,” the Lt Governor maintained.
Speaking on the importance of imparting moral values, he observed that along with science and technology, our traditional sacrament values also needed to be promoted in educational curriculum.
“New Education Policy stresses on making Education process holistic. Education is not about a race to come first but it is about achieving the highest peak of values in life,” added Sinha.
He asked the IUST to prioritize the setting of new standards in education and creating top class facilities for students. Research in the fields of Alternative sources of energy, new technologies in construction etc require the attention of the University, he added.
The Lt Governor urged the parents to develop a powerful personality in their children. He also urged the teachers to maintain harmony among the students and make the new generation aware of their duties along with Fundamental Rights. He also made special mention of the girl-students for outperforming the boys and bagging maximum gold medals.
Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC), Prof. D.P Singh also delivered the Convocation address on the occasion and congratulated the students of IUST who received their degrees today.
Earlier, Vice Chancellor, IUST Prof. Mushtaq A Siddiqi, presented a report, highlighting past achievements and future action plans of the University.
He gave a detailed overview of the placements and publications brought out by the University, research projects sanctioned to the faculty, various workshops and conferences that have been organized in the recent past.