Srinagar: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) Wednesday launched a series of skill training programmes for entrepreneurship development in various emerging vocations of agriculture, horticulture, livestock, and allied sectors.
In collaboration with and sponsorship of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, SKUAST-K’s Directorate of Planning and Monitoring and SKIIE Centre are organising 66 skill training programmes for entrepreneurship development at the various faculties and divisions of the varsity.
The training programmes aim to build entrepreneurial mindset among the youth and develop their skills so they can launch their own innovation-led startups and business ventures.
To formally launch the skill training programmes, SKUAST-K on Wednesday held two functions at the Faculty of Horticulture, Shalimar Campus and the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Shuhama in the forenoon and afternoon respectively.
Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai, who attended both functions as the chief guest, thanked the MSME Ministry for the support. He said “this is an opportunity to build, train and skill the workforce for agriculture 4.0.”
He said the University has the responsibility to make students industry ready and entrepreneurial so that they can lead the conversion of subsistence-based farming towards sustainable commercial agriculture to benefit the economy in general and the farming community in particular.
Prof Nazir said SKUAST-K has already taken many steps to make it an innovation and startup hub in Jammu and Kashmir. He urged the faculty to identify the challenges faced in the field and find sustainable solutions for them. He said the skill training is a great service “for our society to empower unemployed youth and enable them for a better life.”