Governor N N Vohra on Wednesday said the youth of Jammu and Kashmir had ‘relatively’ more problems that their counterparts elsewhere had and “it is our responsibility to assist them to get over these problems.”
Delivering his presidential address on the first convocation of Central University of Kashmir (CUK) at SKICC, here, the governor said: “We have problems; our youth have relatively more problems than the youth elsewhere have. It is our responsibility to assist them to get over these problems. And if we fail to do that then we will have larger problems,” Vohra in his address said.
“We have challenges and we know our problems but I would ask academicians that they must take interest in their wards and be their mentors and guide,” he said.
Vohra said people were living in a knowledge society with rapid growth of technologies and you (youth) can’t afford to be out of this competition.
“Each student who passes out from this university has to carry a certain mandate and responsibility of contributing to growth and development at village to state level. But it is totally possible if our teachers act as mentors of our youth and produce youth who have a capacity to think for themselves,” he said.
Vohra said there was no dearth of “capacity” in Kashmir which he had witnessed over the past several years. “Today half of the medals are won by the girls. Percentage of girls in universities is high which is good.”
On the functioning of CUK, Vohra said the university “has progressed over the past eight years despite facing various problems including on account of logistics.”
“From a handful of faculty and students, the university is now getting 3000 students and sizeable faculty of 150. Hopefully, its own premises will also come up,” he said.
Vohra said the researchers in the state universities must undertake research relevant to the problems of the state.
“I have been saying this for the past some time and discussing with heads of various state universities that the research done in the university should be relevant to the problems faced by the people, whether it is on account of global warming, preservation of water bodies like Wullar, Dal and other beautiful lakes. Research should be done on biodiversity and ecology, master planning of our cities or traffic management,” he said.
Principal scientific advisor to government of India, Prof K Vijay Raghavan was the chief guest at the occasion while the former chancellor of CUK Prof S K Benerjee was the guest of honor.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, VC Kashmir University Prof Khursheed Iqbal Andrabi, VC IUST Prof. Muishtaq Siddique, MP Nazir Ahmad Laway, PDP leader Naeem Akhtar, MLA Ishfaq Jabbar, MLA Muhammad Akbar Lone, MLA Mian Altaf, former VC Kashmir University Prof Riyaz Punjabi and Prof Jalees Tareen Khan, Registrar NIT Prof Nisar Ahmad Mir, divisional commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan and deputy commissioner Srinagar Syed Abid Rashid Shah were also present at the occasion.