Five-member committee for setting-up J

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Jammu, Oct 30 (UNI) Aiming at transforming Jammu and Kashmir into a vibrant knowledge society and knowledge economy, the J&K government has announced the constitution of a five-member committee to work out modalities to establish the J&K State Knowledge Commission.

The Committee, headed by Prof Amitabh Mattoo, the University of Jammu Vice-Chancellor and National Knowledge Commission (NKC) Member, will recommend measures to build excellence in the educational system in the state to meet the knowledge challenges of the 21st Century, an official spokesman today said.

Other members of the committee will be Prof Reyaz Punjabi, Vice-Chancellor, Kashmir University, Professor Sadiq Wahid, Vice-Chancellor, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipura (Kashmir), Mr B B Vayas, Commissioner/ Secretary to Government Finance Department and Mr K M Wani, Commissioner / Secretary to Government Higher Education Department.

The government has asked the committee to submit it within a period of two months, the spokesman said.

The committee will also recommend a regulatory frame work to oversee the growth of educational infrastructure in the state, besides recommendations for institutional and curricular reforms needed to promote excellence in the educational system, he added.

''The Committee has to suggest measures to make the vocational educational system more industry relevant and socially attractive besides suggesting measures to promote Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in higher education. The Committee has to generate awareness amongst stakeholders about new knowledge initiatives,'' the government order said further asking the committee to prove guidelines for training /retraining of the youth in consonance with the need of the knowledge economy; and to further suggest guidelines for setting up a State Knowledge Commission Prof Mattoo is a member of the NKC, a high level advisory body to the Prime Minister created with the objective of transforming India into a knowledge society.

The various state governments have mooted the proposal to set-up knowledge commission to pro-actively initiate and adopt several key reforms and suggestions by the the NKC.

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