J&K: An ideal place for SAARC university, says Mufti

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Srinagar, Nov 20 (UNI) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said Jammu and Kashmir was an ideal place for establishing a SAARC University which would provide an opportunity to the region's new generation and others to visit, understand and appreciate the state in its true essence.

Addressing a convention of the PDP youth wing from Anantnag here, he said with three new universities having been opened in as many years and four additional campuses added to existing ones besides a major initiative taken for upgrading and expanding the education and technical training, the state was now to some extent poised to catch up with the fast changing educational scenario.

''I think Jammu and Kashmir is the ideal place for establishing a SAARC University to provide an opportunity to the region's new generation and others to visit, understand and appreciate the state in its true essence,'' the former Chief Minister asserted.

He said the problem of unemployment especially among the educated youth was a matter of grave concern and needs immediate attention.

In Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Sayeed said the educated youth were mostly eyeing government jobs as other sectors have just not flourished due to lopsided policies. ''We need to break this vicious circle. After all, states like Jammu and Kashmir offer tremendous job potential in various promising sectors outside the government.'' The PDP patron said specific policies should be evolved to enable the state's youth to become a productive, self-confident and committed force for development.

The former Chief Minister said these programmes must create adequate facilities for an all-round development of the youth and assist them in striving for excellence in all fields, he added.

''We have to assist the youth in getting their due share in the state's life and progress while equipping them to meet their obligations adequately,'' he added.

Mr Sayeed said not only the government but the entire nation, including individuals, institutions and organisations, have to be brought together in a spirit of creative enterprise to widen the economic and employment space for the youth of the state.

Recognising the momentous problems the youth were confronted with, Mr Sayeed said the PDP was making a modest effort of devising a comprehensive policy for them, incorporating both social and job security. The policy would be unveiled during the PDP's youth convention at Jammu in the first week of next month, he added.

''Their problems are many and varied and their aspirations naturally high. The PDP will try to address these problems in the right perspective,'' the former Chief Minister claimed.

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