State government has begun harnessing the potential of its youth and sending meritorious students for higher studies at various central educational institutions. After honouring the ones who achieved academic excellence. Similarly, students who were good in extra curricular activities too are being recommended for scholarships at educational institutes outside the state.
The process began in the hills in Tangmarg area of North Kashmir, where students were brighter students were honoured. State agriculture minister Ghulam Hassan Mir honoured 105 students of five Tehsils of North Kashmir who scored distinction in plus two examinations. The function was held at Tanmarg by by Career Foundation in association with the Kashmir University (KU) and J&K Bank.
Mir told Hindustan Times that “we want to build an educational atmosphere in the valley which was missing from past 20 years. We want to develop J&K educationally so that it should lead the country.”
“My dream is that J&K should become Oxford of India,” Mir said. .
KU Registrar Syed Fayaz along with other professors counselled the students and J&K chairman announced a cash prize Rs 5, 000 to each student.
The agriculture minister has also lobbied with the centre for reservations for Kashmiri youth in institutes of higher learning like the IIT and IIM when he called on the prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday last. He also sought reservations for the state’s youth at various vocational training institutes.
The Kashmiri youth are slowly coming out of the shadows of fear of the gun and terrorism and showing an inclination to explore educational and professional opportunities outside the state in increasing numbers.
For the first time in recent years, the state government has taken an initiative to tap this talent pool and further nurture it by giving them opportunities to grow.
In sports too they are willing to make a mark at national and international level.
The government is also providing the support and are encouraging these youth to compete at the national and international sporting arenas. It is hoped that this move would have an inspirational impact.