Children should be in schools, not on streets: Mehbooba

Jammu: Urging the youth in Kashmir to focus on studies, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today said the rightful place for our children is in the educational institutions like IITs, IIMs, engineering, medical, dental colleges and not on the streets.

“The youth in Kashmir should return to the educational institutions and concentrate on their studies instead of being on the streets or sitting idle at their homes,” the Chief Minister said while addressing a function organized in connection with the inauguration of the new block of Indira Gandhi Dental College Hospital here.

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat and MLA Jammu West, Sat Sharma were also present on the occasion.

The Chief Minister said that in all religions, education is considered most important and “we should seek education as a religious duty to realize the higher goals of life.” “Our children look good with books in their hands in the classrooms studying to be doctors, engineers and architects of our future rather than being on the streets,” she said.

Asserting that education holds key to emancipation and empowerment of any society, Mehbooba outlined the importance of providing quality education to the youth with greater focus on skill development to enhance their proficiency. She said the pursuit of education should not be merely for the purpose of acquiring employment and that it should serve the larger purpose of transforming the character of an individual by making him/her aware of his surroundings.

The Chief Minister also laid emphasis on putting skill education at the forefront of the ongoing educational efforts in the state and said that skill enhancement is required to be given priority in the state as education without market-driven skills only adds to unemployment.

Expressing dismay over the delay in timely completion of the development projects, Mehbooba said unfortunately infrastructure development in the state has not materialized at the required pace. “I don’t understand why the development projects in J&K take such a long time to get completed. While there could be reasons for delayed completion of the projects Kashmir because of the law and order situation and the climatic conditions, I fail to understand why there has been inordinate delay in the completion of the projects in Jammu,” she said.

While congratulating the staff and students of the Dental College Jammu for getting the new block, the Chief Minister expressed the hope that the institution shall endeavor to achieve excellence in the field and provide best medicare facilities to the people.

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