Skill Development should be part of educational curriculum: Nirmal Singh

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Sunday said the government is mulling to introduce skill development courses in the educational institutions, so that the students are provided with the knowhow and technical knowledge of various vocations. Singh interacted with the students of Government College for Women (GCW) Gandhi Nagar and Government College for Women (GDC) Nawakadal, Srinagar.
Singh appreciated the efforts of the students for undertaking mushroom cultivation, setting up of florist shop, making fresh chocolates in GCW Gandhi Nagar and the production of paper mache items in GDC Nawakadal.
Singh also said that Colleges should constantly work to upgrade the technical skills of the students as well as a quality of their products so that these become popular and  would also inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship in them. The Deputy Chief Minister also said that the option of having an optional paper of skill development in the curriculum would also be explored.

The initiative has already taken off successfully in GCW Gandhi Nagar and GCW Nawakadal while several other colleges in the State are following the suit. In GCW Gandhi Nagar, the students of Food and Home Sciences Department are successfully running the canteen services, florist shop and boutique inside the College premises. “In future initiatives we are planning to setup a ‘Mushroom Cultivation’ and ‘Vermi-Composting’ units inside the college in coordination with the Agriculture Department,” said Dr Kiran Bakshi, Principal GCW Gandhi Nagar. She said the College is also in touch with National Urban Livelihood Mission and Social Welfare Department for linking these training programmes with fruitful employment opportunities. She hailed Education Minister, Mr Naeem Akhtar for piloting these pioneering initiatives which are fast transforming the whole educational scenario in the State.

Similarly, the GCW Nawakadal is successfully running Dress Designing, Papier Machie and Painting centres in the College with the students enthusiastically participating in these activities.

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