On 14th of October 2018, Kashmir Institute of Excellence (KIE) an Executive Member of Coaching Centers Association (CCA) organized a felicitation function at Parraypora Srinagar to honor and award as many as 160 students who have excelled and qualified competitive tests like NEET, JEE, AEEE and other allied examinations in 2017-18. The Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
Before reporting on the function, it is to say that before a few decades education was mostly in Govt. Sector baring a few private schools opened in urban areas of the State, but by privatization the whole principle of Education has undergone cataclysmic change. Earlier a few missionary schools were only in the private Sector but now the network of private schools as well as coaching centers has become wide spread. One cannot ignore the contribution of private sector in improving quality of education in the state, besides reaching out to a wider number of people. So far as the role of coaching centers is concerned, they are contributing significantly by blooming youth for various professional and competitive examinations. It is a matter of great satisfaction that many products of these centers have qualified several Central and State level competitive examinations like NEET, AIEEE and other technical and professional examinations. The coaching centers play the role of a catalyst in chiseling the rough talent and prepare the students for target specific competitive examinations. They provide boost to the talented youth and keep them abreast with the latest technologies, with know-how of such key examinations.
G. N. Var, chairman Coaching Centers Association and Private Schools Association Kashmir in his address spoke about the contribution of private sector in making the system of education qualitative. He stressed that there should be a curriculum for schools based on international standards so that a talented and intelligent generation is produced. He also appreciated the chief guest by saying that "Khurshid Sahab qualified IAS in 1986 when there was no exposure to such examinations in the valley. He introduced the system of motivational lectures which prompted the youth to know about such examinations." Dr. G. N. Itoo, Director School Education who was the Guest of Honor spoke and deliberated upon the scenario of education and highlighted the role of private sector and coaching centers. He said, "The school education department and private schools including coaching centers have to work in a close co-ordination to elevate the system of education and promote the students of all sections of the society. He also said that "the KIE has been imparting better and result-oriented coaching to the students for various tests and professional examinations".
Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, the Chief Guest on the glittering function, urged the students to prepare for the next Technological Revolution and think of an unexplored world of many other professions beyond medicine and engineering. In his speech he said "The students need to think beyond the two professions of medicine and engineering and explore equally other attractive fields that tinkle our creative nerve. This perception has to change. There are many other professions which we have conveniently chosen to ignore,." He said. "We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another and in its scale, scope and complexity, the transformation will be huge and unlike anything the mankind has witnessed before". He highlighted the new big things on the anvil like Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Quantum Computing, 3-D printing, internet of things, robotics, autonomous vehicles and driverless cars which are going to change the way we live and think
Asking students and youth to develop entrepreneurial mindset, the Advisor said skilled youth can start their own ventures. "They can not only provide jobs to themselves, but also create employment opportunities for many others" he said, while urging the teachers to familiarize students with entrepreneurship and narrate to them the success stories of global entrepreneurs so that they get inspired. While narrating motivational stories of some of the greatest leaders about achievable success, he urged the students to work hard and learn from the failures to carve out success in life.
Later , Khurshid Ganai distributed medals and citations amongst top 20 students in the ceremony to honor the young achievers. He also awarded Faz Lul Haseeb, this year's IAS Topper/ Qualifier (Rank 36) of J &K State. The award was received by his father as he was out of the state. Moreover, on the instructions of the Chief Guest, this humble writer and Mr. Khurshid Alam Chairman KIE, Mr. G. N Var Chairman CCA and PSAK and other reputed and prominent teaching faculty of KIE distributed and awarded to other 140 students for their excellent Performance in the examinations.
Khurshid Alam , Chairman KIE in his address thanked all the guests and assured that his institution will work hard for the better guidance and inspiration of the students of the valley.
Masarat ul Islam, OSD to Advisor (G), G.N. Parray, Patron SSM Colleges and Schools and Reyaz Bedar Former SSP, Irfan Ahmad CAO DSEK and other distinguished citizens and nearly 1000 students were present on the occasion. Mr. Lateef Masoodi, Director KIE conducted the proceedings of the function.
It is quite heartening and inspiring that the talented youth are being honored and felicitated for their excellent performance.