The workshop saw suggestions about creating employment opportunities for the youth

In order to create a one-stop center where all the youth issues are addressed, the Jammu and Kashmir government organized the first-ever workshop on Youth Engagement and Outreach in Srinagar, attended by senior corporate heads and policy analysts of the country.

“Jammu and Kashmir Government to create a one-stop center where all the issues of youth are addressed, be it their education, their scholarships, their jobs, their skills or their entrepreneurship or self-employment,” said Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam during the workshop on Saturday.

Speaking at the workshop, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said that the idea behind the workshop is to create an institutional mechanism to empower and groom the youngsters and to make them valuable for J&K and the country.

“My idea of Institutional Mechanism under Mission Youth is to ensure that we have a concrete framework & a definite time-line to execute it on the fertile ground that we have prepared for you,” Sinha said.

During his address, Sinha urged the national-level investors and industry experts to help Jammu and Kashmir Government in creating robust infrastructure and employment avenues for the youth of the UT.

“We not only need your investments but your expertise as well, which will help us realize the dreams of prosperity,” he said.

The workshop saw several interesting suggestions from industrialists and bureaucrats.

“Long time employment is a marathon and all the stakeholders have to collectively work and run together in the same rhyme and rhythm,” said Shashank Tripathi, Partner, and Leader, PwC India.

Automobile Major Ashoka Leyland proposed the establishment of rural schools where school dropouts could be admitted to learn skills and trained to deliver in trades which are their areas of interest.

The Director, Indian Institute of Management, Jammu, B.S. Sahay said that the government must encourage voluntary organizations to come forward and widen the ambit of youth outreach in Jammu and Kashmir.

The industry experts further suggested the creation of portals and call centers that are inclusive of providing career-related material, awareness, and opportunities regarding gaining skills, education, and employment.

According to the Chief Executive, Mission Youth, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah the Jammu and Kashmir Government is aiming at launching massive Youth Engagement and Outreach programmes which would address the issues of the young population.