Srinagar: Underlining the need for making youth aware of skills in demand in the international market, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday directed authorities to speed up the efforts in exploring overseas job market for youths of the state.
Omar directed Jammu and Kashmir State Overseas Employment Corporation Limited (JKSOECL) for creating a data base of Human Resource heads responsible for recruiting manpower for various international companies, an official spokesman said.
"You should speed up efforts in exploring overseas job market for youth and create a data base of Human Resource heads responsible for recruiting manpower for various international companies," he asked the officials of JKSOECL at its third meeting of Board of Directors.
Omar, who is also chairman of the corporation, directed for identifying two ITIs - one each in Srinagar and Jammu - and launching skill upgradation programme in consultation with Entrepreneurship Development Institute here to enhance the employability of youth to match international job requirements, the spokesman said.
"You should also tie up with other reputed training institutions in this regard to provide certificates to the trained youth to help them get absorbed in the foreign job market," Omar said.
"Wherever necessary, the training for upgradation of skill standards in demand in the international market could be undertaken at the identified ITIs in Srinagar and Jammu, besides providing international certificate to the trained," he said adding, by doing so the corporation will be in a position to secure certain jobs for youths of the state.
"The youths should be made aware of the skills in demand in the international market so that they prepare themselves accordingly and seek their livelihood respectfully at the global level," the chief minister said.
In his PowerPoint presentation, Managing Director, JKSOECL, Abdul Rashid said as many as 2,229 candidates have registered themselves with the corporation which included 1,932 engineers, 28 doctors and 269 unskilled persons, the spokesman said.
Rashid said more than 100 overseas employers have been contacted by the corporation for recruitment of manpower from the state. He said a delegation from Ministry of Health from Saudi Arabia visited Srinagar four times during the last two years for recruitment of doctors.
The corporation has approached Saudi Health Employment Attach? in India to empanel to JKSOECL as their authorised recruitment agent for the state, he said, adding the necessary documents in this regard have been completed and Ministry of Health from Saudi Arabia is expected to visit the Corporation soon.