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JU VC Inaugurates First Skill Development Course on Mushroom Cultivation

JAMMU: Prof. Manoj Dhar, Vice Chancellor University of Jammu, inaugurated the first skill development course on Mushroom Cultivation jointly organized by the University Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Centre and the Department of Botany, University of Jammu.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dhar emphasized on the need of skill based training programs to instill employable skills in the youth of Jammu & Kashmir.

To equip the participants with the basic and scientific skills required for mushroom cultivation; followed by hand holding of the trainees for setting up of small business houses would remain the main objective of the course, said Prof. Dhar.

Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Government of India under its RUSA 2.0 initiative has chosen University of Jammu as a nodal centre to cater to the societal needs of the youth seeking employment.

On the occasion, Prof. Naresh Padha, Dean Sciences and Coordinator RUSA 2.0 University of Jammu deliberated on the need of self employment generation and role of these courses in boosting entrepreneurship in J&K.

Earlier, Prof. Sameer Gupta, Convener, UESDC and Director, TBS, JU welcomed the dignitaries and thanked the Heads and coordinators of various Departments and participants of the course.

Dr. Sikander Pal, coordinator of the course introduced the audience about the structure and objectives of the course.

Prof. Namrata Sharma, Head, Dept of Botany, shared her views about the role of skill-based trainings in shaping the career of the youth seeking employment. She also acknowledged the role of Prof. Geeta Sumbali, Dept. of Botany as a pioneer in establishing mushroom cultivation in the JU campus.

On the occasion, Prof. Yash Pal Sharma, Provost Boys Hostel JU, spoke on pressing need of such courses in mushroom cultivation as it can improve the economical prospects of the cultivators and could meet the nutritional deficiencies among the people of the region.

Interaction with the participants revealed their motivation for taking up course: Aasiya Abdulllah from Anantang Kashmir shared her views about opportunities of learning mushroom cultivation and its usage for setting up small business units in her village to financially empower the women.

For Imtiyaz Hussain, this course will help in realizing his dream of setting up a business unit in his remote village in Bani; while for Gh. Raza, mushroom cultivation business offers all year round source of income in the severe weathers of Kargil. Vinish Malik from Jammu said that mushroom cultivation offers optimal utilization of his fallow land lying unutilized to raise extra income and generate employment.

Function ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Garima Gupta, Dept. of English, while proceedings were carried by Dr. Skarma Nonzom of the Botany Department. Following the inaugural, Dr. Aubid H. Parrey of Business School, JU conducted an extended session on introduction about entrepreneurship and cultivating entrepreneurial skills.

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