NEW DELHI: A day after the Prime Minister’s address on J&K, the government has reached out to the Kashmiris by approving funding for Srinagar campus of IIM and calling on institutes to hold Eid celebrations for Kashmiri students.

In keeping with the PM’s emphasis on mainstreaming Kashmiris, the HRD ministry had last week asked institutes to take special care of Kashmiri students.

It has now directed that Eid must be held on the campus for the J&K students admitted through the PM’s special scholarship scheme. Over 3,000 Kashmiri students have been admitted this year into various institutes in the country under this scheme.

The campus at Srinagar, however, is what could prove key to addressing skill development and entrepreneurial gaps in the state — a major target area for the Union government in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370.

A campus of IIM Jammu was promised at Srinagar under the PM’s special package for the state in 2016. On August 9, the Union human resource development ministry has finally approved Rs 51.8 cr funding for establishment of the campus.

The Srinagar campus will host a management development centre for capacity-building and a centre for innovation and entrepreneurship (incubation centre).

These will conduct independent studies to unearth the potential of the state-specific businesses and enterprises, help identify gaps and hold training programs for youth.


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