JAMMU, JAN 01: Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma today stressed on introduction of IT courses intune with the market requirements to increase employability of youth.
The Advisor was speaking at a function organized by Department of Information Technology to e-inaugurate employment-linked Skill Development initiative – Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) programme here today. The participating Training Partners were connected through video conference during e-inauguration.
The scheme implemented by J&K e-Governance (JaKeGA) of the Information Technology Department is expected to promote ESDM ecosystem, which will help unemployed youth to attain skills in different NSQF (National Skill Qualification Framework) aligned courses.
Out of the 82 training partners offering the courses in J&K, the courses were launched in more than 35 Training Partners today.
Advisor interacted with various Training Partners over video-conference and also spoke to students undertaking the courses.
During the interaction Advisor Sharma emphasized on the role of the training partners in tying up with local industries for providing employment to the successful candidates.
Advisor said the courses offered in the Information Technology (IT) sector should necessarily generate requisite employment and avenues for the youth which would ensure their economic emancipation. He further said that it will go a long way in proper channelization of the energies of major chunk of population and overcoming the problem of unemployment.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Information Technology, Saugat Biswas said the J&K e-Governance Agency (JaKeGA) which is the State Implementing Agency for the scheme had recently invited applications from desirous candidates for undergoing the training in 24 different courses with a target of training over 5,500 candidates in the current financial year and over 8,500 next fiscal.
The scheme will subsidize 100 percent course fee for SC, ST and EWS candidates and 75 percent for the rest, and will focus on students and unemployed youth at 8th-10th standard onwards, ITI, diploma, engineering graduates, non-engineering graduates, with the aim of increasing their employability to work in manufacturing and service support sectors.
Biswas said the Training Partners in J&K are affiliated with three Key Implementing Agencies (KIAs) viz National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT), Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) & Electronic Sector Skill Council of India (ESSCI).
Advisor, Sharma also visited a Training Partner “Evergreen Educational Trust” in Jammu and interacted with the students undergoing the training there.
Advisor appreciated the efforts of the Department of Information Technology and expressed the hope that these initiatives will certainly give a boost to employment in the electronic manufacturing sector, as well as promote self-employment.
Advisor stressed on the Key Implementing Agencies to ensure placement of the certified candidates as mandated under the scheme. He also asked the Secretary, Information Technology to create a database and a tracking mechanism for tracking the employment graph of a trained and certified candidate.
Director, NIELIT, J&K, DS Oberoi; Senior officers of the Information Technology Department, Project Management Team of the ESDM, Imran Sofi, various Training Partners of Jammu and Training Partners for all over the State through Video Conference attended the inaugural function.
JK Govt yet to get intimation on ECI teams visit
Srinagar, Jan 23: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to get a formal intimation from the Election Commission of India of a proposed visit of a commission’s team for on spot assessment of the situation for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
Official sources privy to developments on the conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state told that neither the government nor the office of Chief Electoral officer has got a formal intimation from the election commission of India on the visit of a team of the commission expected to make an on spot assessment of the situation before the commission takes a call on the simultaneous conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state or the holding of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections separately.
A top government official on conditions of anonymity told, “We are yet to get both the government and the office of the chief electoral officer is yet to get any intimation on the proposed visit of a team of the election commission of India for on spot assessment of the situation before a final decision on simultaneous or separate conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.
However may be we get a call from the election commission of India on the proposed visit of its team even on January 27 as speculated in some media reports.”
Earlier, there were reports that a team of the Election Commission will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir to review the situation with political leaders and other stakeholders on polls in the state.
“A team of Election Commission will visit the state soon to have a review of situation with political leaders and other stakeholders for holding the elections,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar had said.
On the issue of holding of simultaneous polls, the CEO informed that his office had already taken necessary steps for holding the elections, but decision lies with the Election Commission, who would take a final call at an appropriate time after taking all aspects into consideration.
Injured Habba Kadal youth responding to treatment
Srinagar, Jan 23: The youth from Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area, who was critically injured after CRPF personnel allegedly hurled a stone at him on Tuesday, is responding to the treatment, doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences told The Kashmir Monitor.
Mohammad Younis, who, as per his family, had gone to fetch vegetables, suffered a skull fracture after a stone hit him during clashes in Habba Kadal.
Initially, he was taken to SMHS hospital but the doctors referred him to SKIMS as he was stated to be critical.
Medical Superintendent (MS), SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that Younis is being treated in the surgical observation unit of the hospital.
“Patient is okay. As of now, there is no need to worry. We are closely monitoring him,” he said.
The CRPF spokesman had claimed the youth “slipped and fell down while being chased”.
Weatherman predicts week-long dry spell in Valley
Srinagar, Jan 23: After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather on Wednesday showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department told that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan has issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division on Wednesday.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh of J&K state.
As per a hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has asked the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DCs to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.