Education Minister Nayeem Akhter today emphasized on National Institute of Technology (NIT) Hazratbal to initiate research into local problems and come out with best solutions.
Speaking at the alumni meet of NIT, Akhter termed the institute as an island of knowledge from which entire Kashmir can benefit. "The institute has contributed a lot, but it should also move beyond and take proactive steps in resolving problems facing Kashmir," said Akhter.
"We live in a geographic location which faces constant threats from natural calamities like earthquakes and floods and we need help from scientific community in this regard."
The education minister said that the record floods of 2014 were attributed to environmental changes and it is here NIT can join in for help.
"They should do research on the environmental challenges and come out with solutions for us. They should act as margdarshak (guide) for us," said Akhter.
"In my younger days NIT was known as the highest seat of excellence and they should prove their worth by helping us on ground."
Akhter also lamented on the poor quality of school education and sought help from NIT. "Our higher education is comparatively better but our school education needs some remedy," said Akhter.
"I ask the NIT to adopt a nearby school, high school or a cluster. You have a pool of high caliber human resources and we should get benefit from it. You can provide quality education to the school and upgrade the knowledge quotient of students."
The NIT later confirmed that they will likely adopt two neighborhood schools.
Akhter also pitched for volunteers to serve in Kashmir schools so as to impart best education to underprivileged students.
"We have seen youth from Maharashtra coming to Bandipora where they volunteer in various schools. This has started to make a huge difference there and I want the students from NIT too to volunteer for education purposes," said Akhter. "They can take classes on weekends or holidays. This will bring a big change as for many students it will be a first time to have quality interaction with outsiders."