National Conference president, Dr Farooq Abdullah Wednesday said the educated youth held key to J&K's future of dignity and progress, saying holistic education and exposure work like catalyst for nation's prosperity.
Dr Farooq was speaking at the Annual Seerat conference organized by Baba Payam-ud-din Memorial (Secondary) Islamic Educational Institute at Chandilora, Tangmarg today. The conference was co-sponsored by Tangmarg Welfare Society.
The NC president said holistic education was a fundamental right of every child irrespective of his economic background or geographical location.
"Our educational institutions have to hone the talent of our youth and guide them towards the path of honesty, sincerity and selfless service to their people. There are scientists, doctors, engineers and researchers who have come from our far-flung villages and towns and have made a name for themselves and the State all around the world. These are the role models that our youth should emulate," the NC president said.
"Religious education is equally important as education in sciences, literature and language. Spirituality has been synonymous with Kashmir and we should educate our coming generations with our religious history, scriptures and the work of great Sufi saints. A holistic education is imperative for a nation's growth and welfare," Dr Farooq added.
NC additional general secretary, Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal and NC provincial secretary, Advocate Showkat Ahmed Mir also accompanied Dr Farooq who distributed cash prizes among four students who excelled in the event and pledged to donate six computers to the school.