Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences, Dr Jitendra Singh said Jammu is fast emerging as North India’s education hub with IIM, Jammu making a mark in a short span of time and that too despite the crippling effects of COVID in the last two years. He was speaking at a function to mark the five-year journey of IIM Jammu. He further said IIM is one of the major achievements of the Modi Government in the education sector in Jammu & Kashmir catering to all sections of society.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that Jammu has emerged as a pioneer education hub, where students from neighbouring states like Himachal Pradesh, Punjab are seeking academic openings and prospects. He said today Jammu can boast of having premier institutes in India like Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, AIIMS, upgraded Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, National Institute of High Altitude Medicine at Bhaderwah, Industrial Biotech Park at Kathua, Noth India’s first Space Centre at Central University Jammu etc. Moreover, other centrally funded institutes like over half a dozen government medical colleges, RUSA funded engineering colleges, ayurvedic college, an upcoming homeopathic college and a chain of kendriya vidyalayas in the Jammu province is a reality today, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that Jammu will soon witness huge industrial investment to the tune of Rs 25,000 crore and mostly in the health Sector thus opening a large number of employment opportunities for youth in the area and also for IIM students. He, however, urged them to become job providers, rather than job seekers through innovative start-up ventures. The Minister said, we have to come out of the entrenched mind-set of getting government jobs for all, which is neither feasible nor desirable anywhere in the world.