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  • Institutionalized Sports, Skill interventions aimed at empowering youth: Ansari
  • 25000 skilled manpower being produced by ITIs, Polytechnics annually, 47000 to be trained under JKSSDM; 2.463 lakh youth participated in domestic sports activities


  • Ø Combined capacity of 25000 skilled manpower being produced by a network of ITIs & Polytechnics in JK
  • Ø Cent percent admissions recorded in Polytechnics while ITIs have seen 97% admissions
  • Ø 85955 players from Jammu and 138540 from Kashmir participated in various sports competitions while 1878 players participated in National School Games hosted by JK
  • Ø 54702 youth registered online for participation in ‘Let’s Play Tournament’
  • Ø New campus for College of Physical Education established at Gadoora, Ganderbal at a cost of Rs 30.39 crore. Execution of Phase II costing Rs 43.533 crore to be taken up during 2018-19
  • Ø  Volleyball Court to be provided in each district at the aggregate cost of Rs 176 lakh
  • Ø  124 Physical Education Teachers engaged through JKSSB.
  • Ø 3000 Rehbar-e-Khels to be engaged soon
  • Ø  IT Cell established in JKSBOTE.  Result processing customized software and improvised coding system of answer scripts developed
  • Ø  Noted sports personalities engaged to further boost sports culture and allure more sports enthusiasts
  • Ø  22 Indoor Sports Halls to be constructed in each district of the State under PMDP
  • Ø  Locations identified for construction of water sports facilities
  • Ø  In a first, T20 Women’s Cricket Championship was organised by State Sports Council to create women’s cricket arena in the state.
  • Ø 47000 youth will be trained in different crafts during next three years under JKSSDM.
  • Ø A micro level skill gap analysis is being conducted to provide a roadmap for skill development in the state. 

JAMMU: The Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports, Imran Raza Ansari today said that education, skill building and sports are the core means for empowering youth and the State government is making targeted efforts to empower youth by way of imparting them with requisite proficiency to achieve this objective. The Minister said this while replying to the Discussion on Demand for Grants of Technical Education, Information Technology, Youth Services and Sports and allied Departments in the Legislative Assembly, here today.


“All interventions that are being made, whether it is Sports, Skill Development, Technical Education or Information Technology, are aimed at youth welfare by facilitating skill development, encouraging entrepreneurship besides promoting sports and cultural exchanges”, the Minister said. The Minister informed that the network of ITIs and Polytechnics in the State are witnessing 100% admissions while as ITIs have seen 97% admissions in the state and are producing skilled manpower of about 25,000 persons annually. He informed that 78 new job-oriented trade units have been introduced in ITIs on self-financing basis, besides new Polytechnics have been established in Samba, Kathua, Reasi, Ganderbal, Anantnag,  and polytechnics in Doda, Kishtwar and Udhampur will be made functional soon


In a mega recruitment drive conducted at Auqaf-Islamiy at Samba,   250 trainees were selected for 13 national/multinational companies. The Minister informed that the government has established smart classrooms in K G Polytechnic Srinagar, Govt. Polytechnic Jammu and Govt. ITI Pattan, besides approving establishment of Incubation cum Placement center for training of pass-out students to enhance their employability and improve their entrepreneurial skills.


Enumerating achievements of Jammu Kashmir State Board of Technical Education (JKSBOTE), the Minister said result of 6th semester regular students May-June 2017 session was declared within 48 hours after the conclusion of examination process. The Minister also informed that for promotion of Youth Services and Sports (YSS), the state government has taken various path-breaking steps to create world class sports facilities for the youth.


The Minister informed that several competitions were held in the State that saw participation from 85,955 players from Jammu and 1,38,540 from Kashmir, besides  1,878 players participated in National School Games hosted by J&K. “The Department also hosted 62nd and 63rd National School Games, besides awarding sports scholarship worth Rs 27.65 lakh to 1,208 players who won medals in 62nd National School Games”, the Minister said.


The Minister further informed that the department is organizing football tournaments in 199 zones under “Let’s Play” co-branding with ‘Khelo India’ programme in which 54,702 youth have registered online for their participation in the said tournaments. To increase the reach of sports, YSS has started construction of new campus for College of Physical Education Teacher at Gadoora, Ganderbal at the cost of Rs 30.39 crore and would take up the execution of Phase II costing Rs 43.533 crore during 2018-19, the Minister said.


Further, 109 development works for improvement of sports infra in the state are being undertaken to the estimated cost Rs. 223 lakh.  “The Department is mulling to construct Volleyball Court in each district of the state at the aggregate cost of Rs. 176 lakh”, he added. Additionally, projects for construction of 22 Indoor Sports Stadiums, one in each district, under PMDP are also being finalized and would be constructed soon.


He informed that the department has engaged 124 Physical Education Teachers through SSB and would engage 3,000 ‘Rehbar-e-Khels’ in the near future. The Minister said that for further development of Sports culture in the state, State Sports Council engaged noted sports personalities including ace cricketers Parvez Rasool and Abdi Nabi, footballer Mehraj-ud-din Wadoo and noted gymnast Mitali Dogra to further boost and allure more sports enthusiasts.  


Also, the Council awarded Rs 5 lakh to shooter Chain Singh for winning six gold medals at 2016 South Asian Games, besides providing special sports trainings to 200 budding sportspersons at prestigious National Institute of Sports. State Sports Council has also trained more than 24,000 young boys and girls in the field of self-defence, he added. The government has also opened football academies in every district in which international sportspersons including Mehraj-ud-Din Wadoo, Ishfaq and Saajid are imparting training to the budding players. More than 40 coaching camps were held during 2017 for football training under different age groups, the Minister informed.


More than 89,612 players participated in various sports tournaments organized by the State Cricket Academy in all the districts. With an initiative to encourage women in sports, the academy organized its first T20 Women’s Cricket Championship and Chief Ministers Women’s XI team later on also participated in Indian Women’s League, he informed. The Minister said that Jammu and Kashmir State Skill Development Mission (JKSSDM) was created in September, 2017 with a mandate to integrate skill development programmes, providing trainings to semi-skilled and unskilled youth, connecting them with the job providers, besides implementing and monitoring the policies and programmes under NSDM and SSDM.  


Under the mission, 47,000 youth will be trained in different crafts in next three years, he informed. “JKSDM headed by Chief Minister has also launched State Engagement Component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 2.0 in which 47,302 persons would be trained till 2019-20 and a target for the current financial year has been kept at 14,900”, he said.


A micro level skill gap analysis is also being conducted to provide a roadmap for skill development in the state. Later, the House passed the grants amounting to Rs 70044.41 lakhs to defray the charges which will come in course of payment during the year ending 31st March, 2019 for Technical Education, Sports & Youth Services and Departments with a voice vote. Earlier, legislators including Syed Farooq Andrabi, Bashir Ahmad Dar, Ravinder Raina, Satpaul Sharma and Anjum Fazili took part in the discussion and gave suggestions for strengthening the department.

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JAMMU: Several members took part in the Discussion on Demands of Grants for Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Services & Sports Departments in Legislative Assembly today. Initiating the discussion, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi stated that a youth having skills is a successful and most empowered person who can get job anywhere. He urged the government to include more skill trainings in the polytechnic colleges to bring the traditional arts into mainstream. He said a good lot of people of his constituency are associated in Kangri making and the government should take steps to promote this skill by bringing into mainstream and encourage youth to adopt it to earn livelihood.


He also urged the government to make participation of school students in sports compulsory for their overall development. He also appealed the government to focus on development of sports infrastructure to encourage participation of maximum youth. Rajesh Gupta observed that sports develop positive energy among youth, make them mentally and physically sound and unite the people across the social and religious barriers. He said the menace of Drug addiction can be eradicated by involving youths in sports. He also urged government to focus on the promotion of football in Jammu as it is more popular game in the division.


Bashir Ahmad Dar hailed the government for the achievements registered in the field of Youth Services and Sports during the last three years. He said that several new polytechnic colleges opened in the State is a great achievement of the present dispensation and reflects its commitment towards empowerment of youth through skill development. He appreciated the Technical Education Minister for his contribution in strengthening the departments under his control.  

Yawar Ahmad Mir said the many youth have become victims of anti-social activities and promotion of sports can help to bring them back in the mainstream. He said government needs to groom the potential players from the very beginning and shun the practice of adopting players after they show good performance.  He said being the youngest MLA in the assembly, the Ministry   can connect with the youth of his constituency and attract them towards positive activities. He asked government to establish a volleyball ground and other related sports infrastructure in Rafiabad. He also called for establishment of an ITI at Dangiwacha.


Ravinder Raina appreciated the Minister for Technical Education for taking significant initiatives in the departments under his control  including up-gradation of sports infrastructure, meeting long pending demand of building sports infrastructure in rural areas, especially in Rajouri district and redressal of various other grievances pertaining to sports department. He hailed the Minister for starting construction work on Indoor Stadium in record time. He said the youth of the state are highly talented and have great interest in Cricket. He urged the government to promote cricket game in the State. He asked government to organise more training camps for cricket players to realize the dream of having State’s own team in IPL. He also appealed government for development of International Cricket Stadiums in the State for hosting cricket matches on the pattern of IPL.


Satpaul Sharma urged the government to build sports infrastructure in all uncovered areas so that the energy of youth is channelized in a better way. He also urged the government to name a mini stadium on Pandit Prem Nath Dogra who was an outstanding football player, besides being a legislator. Anjum Fazili, while taking part in the discussion, praised the government for commendable achievements in the development of sports infrastructure.


She stated that the there was impending  need to channelize the energy of youth, who constitute  65 percent of the population, in right direction and said that sports is the best way to engage the youth in productive activities. Fazli also urged the government to lay focus on promoting sports among girls. She also praised the government for reviving water sports in the state and organising winter games successfully.

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JAMMU: Ravendra Rana BJP MLA while speaking with the reporters after the assembly session in Jammu lashed out at Pakistan for funding terror and infiltration in Kashmir and pressed for passing a resolution against Pakistan. Mr Ravendra Rana said that “Pakistan is time and again targeting the innocent people living on the border areas of India. They kill the innocent women and children in these areas which should be condemned by the assembly”.


Pakistan helps the militants to infiltrate in Kashmir and innocent youth are made target by these militants who make use of guns, bombs and bullets to create an environment of terror and violence and then the youth fall prey to these militants. And the same infiltrators are responsible for the bloodshed in Kashmir. He further said that “Pakistan has no guts to face the Indian army and BSF and all they can do is back stabbing neither are the militants competent enough to fight a face to face war with the Jammu and Kashmir Police. Pakistan is using all tricks to weaken our forces which it won’t be able to do at any cost”.


While the Army, BSF and Jammu and Kashmir Police is doing its best to safeguard the country and borders and is always ready to give a befitting reply to any harm done by Pakistan to India. The MLA said that he has taken up this matter with the assembly that a resolution should be passed against Pakistan declaring it a terrorist country so that it gets what it deserves. We have always tried to be as good neighbors but Pakistan is not behaving as such. I request that the centre should take some serious steps in this regard to declare Pakistan a terrorist nation to once for all end this bloodshed.