Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today laid the foundation stone for the 700- bedded Mega Boys Hostel of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar through virtual mode.

The project will enhance the sustainable campus infrastructure of one of the premier Technical Institutes in Northern India.

Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Education shared his views on the occasion through a video message.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor pointed out fast-changing market dynamics and new innovations taking place globally and the efforts being taken by the UT Government to amplify exponential technologies ecosystem to meet the modern-day requirements.

“With our technical education infrastructure, rigorous career programs for high-demand technology in the post-Covid world, we are working on an ambitious plan to make J&K UT the skill capital of the country”, observed the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor asked the technical institutions to focus on strengthening Academia-Industry collaboration which is crucial for research, innovation and building human capital for economic growth. Technical Institutes must experiment with new technologies for the benefit of society, he added.

Emerging technologies are also a basic need of civilized society. Without new inventions, a developed society cannot be conceived, the Lt Governor said.

The modern era engineering technologies are making the world more connected and transforming lives of people living in far-flung areas. Today’s fantasy could be tomorrow’s invention. Even a small invention in the lab can make a big difference to the world. That’s why it is important to promote scientific temper among students, observed the Lt Governor.

Terming youth power as the biggest asset for any region, the Lt Governor said that the potential of the young generation needs to be properly channelized for development.

The Lt Governor also underlined the need for encouraging innovations and inventions as recommended by the new National Educational Policy.

The government is taking a host of measures to make our youth well-prepared for Industry 4.0. We are planning to set up more Centres for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training in J&K in order to prepare trained technocrats equipped with new skill sets to meet the growing demands of Automation, Artificial Intelligence and e-commerce sectors.

Jammu and Kashmir was deprived of industrial development for decades. Now, the Rs 28,400 cr new Industrial Development Scheme is transforming the industrial sector of the UT and attracting huge investments. Recently, J&K has received investment proposals worth Rs 23,500 cr and if we go by the recent scenario, the figure will reach Rs 50,000 cr by March next year, said the Lt Governor.

The development of key industries will create new job opportunities for youth, he added.

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