Youth power needs to channelised: Omar

J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the power of the youth was the most significant resource for dealing with developmental challenges.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Friday said the power of the youth was the most
significant resource for dealing with developmental
challenges and needs to be channelised in the right direction.

"The educational relation of youth with science and
technology is all the more important to address problems and
find out solutions to these," Omar said inaugurating the
`Innovation of Science Pursuit for Inspiring Research
(INSPIRE)` camp.

As part of the five-day event, organised by the Kashmir
University and Union Science and Technology Ministry here, he
said that the benefits of tremendous advancement in the field
of science and technology have not reached the masses.

"We understand that the promotion of science and
technology is possible only when the youth are attracted to
this field. It is important for tackling and addressing
various challenges and concerns," he said.

INSPIRE was an innovative programme to attract such
talent to science, he said while expressing hope that the
basic objective of communicating science as an exciting field
for the youth to pursue is realised through such camps.

The required human resource pool should will also be
built through them for strengthening research and development
in the field of science, he added.

The youth of Jammu and Kashmir are second to none in
talent and their grooming in scientific temperament is needed
to ensure that they can address specific challenges that
confront the state in various fields, he said.

Omar also asked the management of Kashmir University to
"liaison" with the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicines
(IIIM) at Srinagar and Jammu for providing opportunities to
research scholars.

"You (Kashmir University) should develop liaison with
this institution and help students to undertake research
projects for which government would extend you all help," he

The Chief Minister said his government has focused on
consolidation in the education sector for providing up to the
mark science laboratories and faculty in educational

The de-linking of education from politics is required in
order to create a conducive educational atmosphere in schools
and colleges for making them centres of excellence, he added.

The first INSPIRE camp was organised in July last year
where 300 students of 10+2 level were provided an opportunity
to interact with reputed scientists of the country and know
about various success stories regarding scientific pursuits.


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