The Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Prakash Ganga Thursday visited the Pampore campus of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) and took stock of the Institute's functioning and the developmental works going on here.
The Minister was accompanied by Commissioner/Secretary Industries and Commerce Department, Shailendra Kumar and other senior officers of the department. Reviewing the progress of the ongoing construction work of JKEDI administrative building, Sh. Ganga expressed satisfaction over the way the renovated complex has come up and appreciated the efforts of the Institute in this regard. The Minister was informed that the renovated complex shall be fully ready for use within one month.
Ganga hailed the initiative of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti of asking JKEDI to start short-term diploma courses in entrepreneurship development in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad. He said, "Chief Minister of J&K deserves all praises for her personal intervention in adding this new dimension to the JKEDI." The Minister said such courses shall further sharpen the mind of youth of J&K towards taking up entrepreneurship as their career choice and provide them insight to the world of business and entrepreneurship. He also interacted with the staff of the Institute on the occasion.
The Minister appreciated the activities of JKEDI regarding entrepreneurship development in the state and said almost 10,000 youth have been sponsored by the Institute under its different schemes who in turn are providing direct and indirect job opportunities to 50,000 youth across Jammu and Kashmir. He said JKEDI is playing a pivotal role in entrepreneurship development by way of capacity building and providing platform as well as opportunities to the unemployed youth of the state. He informed that JKEDI sponsored cases have 90 percent success rate in most of the districts of the state which makes him feel good at the work culture the Institute has imbibed.
"I am really happy that this Institute kept working at full pace despite two militant attacks and the five-month-long unrest in Kashmir valley last year. I congratulate this Institute for its good work to help J&K reach newer heights of economic development along with the other states of the country," the Minister said during his visit.
Ganga further hailed the efforts of JKEDI for taking entrepreneurship training programs to the doorsteps of people in remote areas especially in districts like Rajouri, Kathua, Reasi, Poonch and Kishtwar.