New Delhi, August 22: Minister of State of the Union (Independent Office) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Officer) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Staff, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space Dr Jitendra Singh said on Sunday that Jammu is fast becoming the educational hub of North India.
This was possible thanks to the personal intervention and indulgence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the high priority he gave to Jammu and Kashmir as well as to the North East and Ladakh, he said. -he declares.
Speaking at a ceremony marking IIM Jammu’s 5-year journey, the minister said the Institute had made an impression in a very short period of time and that too despite the crippling effects of COVID over the two last years.
He said that IIM Jammu is one of the main achievements of the Modi government in the education sector in Jammu and Kashmir and is aimed at all strata of society, both in terms of region. , of kind or other.
Dr Jitendra Singh said Jammu has become a pioneering education center, where students from neighboring states like Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, seek academic opportunities and prospects.
He said that today Jammu can boast of having leading institutes in India like Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, AIIMS, Indian Institute of Medicine Integrative Enhancement, National Institute of High Altitude Medicine in Bhaderwah, Biotechnology Industrial Park in Kathua, Noth India’s first space center at Central Jammu University, etc.
Additionally, other centrally funded institutes like more than half a dozen government medical colleges, RUSA funded engineering colleges, Ayurvedic college, future homeopathic college, and a chain of Kendriya Vidyalayas in Jammu province are a reality today, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that Jammu will soon witness huge industrial investments to the tune of Rs 25,000 crore and mainly in the health sector, thus opening up a large number of employment opportunities for young people in the region and also for IIM students. He urged them, however, to become job providers rather than job seekers through innovative start-ups.
The minister said that we need to get out of the entrenched mentality of getting government jobs for all, which is neither feasible nor desirable anywhere in the world.
He further stated that with the historic constitutional changes after August 5, 2019 and the obstacles to academic growth removed, the best professors from different fields from all over India are ready to come to J&K to serve with dedication as the previous apprehensions have done so. gone now with the new order of law in existence.
Dr Jitendra Singh noted with satisfaction that from a group of 54 students in 2016, IIM, Jammu today has more than 250 students and 30 eminent professors, including six international adjunct professors. He also praised the faculty and students for securing a magnificent complex in Jagati by 2022 with all modern facilities on par with the best such institutes in India.
In his presidential address, Dr Milind Kamble, Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIM, Jammu said that it is heartwarming to see that IIM, Jammu is making rapid progress and has gained an outstanding reputation in such a short period of time. time because of his academic qualities. excellence, research, management training and international corporate links.
He recalled that IIM, Lucknow played a mentoring role in the early years and today we have global links to share academic experiences and publish valuable research papers in Indian and global publications. first class.
In his speech, the former Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriram Dandekar, said that with the establishment of new innovation centers, IIM, Jammu should aspire to become one of the best business schools in the world.
Professor BS Sahay, Director of IIM Jammu, said in his welcome speech that our vision is to develop leaders and entrepreneurs who can perform globally and make valuable contributions to society. He was also proud to open the Center for Happiness-Anandam, the first of its kind in the country.
He informed that 14 memoranda of understanding have been signed for international exchange programs for students and academics. He said, soon a tripartite agreement will be signed with IIT and AIIMS Jammu for joint research programs.