To create an environment where youth will be "so educated and trained that the government employment would be least choice for them", chief minister Omar Abdullah said on Sunday that it was all the more necessary in a 'financially-deficit' state like Jammu and Kashmir.
The minister put the total revenue of the state at Rs 6,500 crore per annum, while the state had to annually pay `13,500 crores as salary to government employees, apart from accruing `2,000 crore per year on electricity losses, and about Rs 2,000 crore to be paid to pensioners.
He said opening and upgrading of various university campuses, technical colleges and polytechnics in the state has expanded the orbit of receiving modern education for youth nearer to their homes.
"This has also catapulted the employability of the students to get lucrative and remunerative jobs in the open-job market," said the CM.
Addressing the students at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) near Rajouri, on its foundation day, Abdullah underlined the need of introducing more subjects of present and future relevance so that the students could be absorbed easily in the open job market at the national and international levels.
"The higher educational institutions, particularly universities should link up with the leading players in the fields of industry, science, technology, IT and other related disciplines and include subjects of their requirement in the curriculum", said Abdullah, adding, "Employment fairs by the leading business houses should be made a regular activity. Some leading business houses of the country have already been approached in this regard."
Abduallah asked the students to get fully acquainted with Udaan and Himayat programmes sponsored exclusively in the state by the Union Government, to create job opportunities for the educated youth of the state in private sectors across the country. "You should avail this opportunity as it is exclusively for Jammu and Kashmir," said the CM, impressing upon the students to explore possibilities of attaining gainful employment through these schemes.
Earlier, Abdullah inaugurated a Rs 2.7-crore solar power plant in the campus, apart from a slew of other facilities such as newly-constructed hostels, a health centre and a laboratory.