Jammu: Emphasizing need for enhancement of quality of talent being produced in the country every year, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Farooq Khan Wednesday advised the students to focus on not just attaining a degree but to also enhance and gain knowledge for improving their employability.
The Advisor said this while addressing the gathering of students, at ‘The Tribune Inter- College Debate 2020’ organized in association with Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu.
Vice Chancellor Cluster University of Jammu Anju Bhasin, Senior Resident Editor Tribune, Arun Joshi and Principal GCW Gandhi Nagar Dr Ravinder Tickoo were also present on the occasion.
Nearly, 50 students from various colleges participated in the debate and expressed their views on the topic ‘Is India facing an economic slowdown?’.
Congratulating the young participants, Advisor Khan exhorted the students to focus not just on attaining a degree but to also enhance and gain knowledge to improve their employability. Advisor said according to the National Employability Report even though there is an overall positive trend in talent supply as against previous years, Indian youth still has a long way to go and employability or non-employability of Indian graduates is a rising concern.
He said it is critical that students and institutions together focus on enhancement of quality of talent being produced in the country. This needs to be taken seriously, else we would soon be heading towards a challenge where education and educational qualifications would lose their credibility, he added.
Commenting on quality of the debate, Advisor said ‘listening to all the speakers Wednesday, I did not notice any pessimism, therefore it gives me confidence to know that all those who spoke critical of the administration or those who spoke Wednesday in favor of government’s measures, have spoken with an optimistic vision for the betterment of the country.’ He advised the students to keep the optimism alive and forward.
Vice Chancellor Cluster University, while addressing the students, said debates are important as they improve communication skills besides helping develop skills in research, critical thinking, public speaking and perseverance. She said topic of Wednesday’s debate is especially relevant and students have an important role to play in country’s future.
She congratulated the participants who brought forward a variety of view points on the topic.
Resident Editor Tribune, appreciating students’ performance in the debate said Tribune is happy to provide students with a platform to debate, discuss and share ideas. Articulation and enthusiasm displayed by the participants is inspiring and I wish them best of luck, he added.
In the debate, Akshit Padha was adjudged as the winner while Meher Fatima and Aryan were the 1st and 2nd runner up. Akshit Rana, Taniz Fatima and Aariha Malik won the consolation prizes while GGM Science College was adjudged the Best college.