Amitabh Mattoo chairs meeting on ‘Knowledge Initiative’ in Leh

GJ REPORT
LEH, OCT 11: Advisor to Chief Minister, Professor Amitabh Mattoo today convened a meeting of the Working Group for operationalization of ‘Knowledge Initiative’ in the State to review the status of work being carried out by the Group to chalk out modalities for stepping up of the educational sector in Leh district.
Addressing the meeting, Prof Amitabh Mattoo said Ladakh is the beacon of hope having a sense of harmony within communities and with nature. Mattoo said that the purpose of coming to Leh with the entire member of the Knowledge Initiative Committee is to have close interaction with all the stakeholders in the district to get suggestions and ideas mainly based on knowledge and values rooted in best of traditional system. He explained that prior to this committees on education were formed but their reports were either away from reality and if so not implementable. He added that the endeavour of this committee is to bring out a report with implementable recommendations by way of preparing a vision document for interventions in skill, teaching, curriculum, research and innovation and extra-curricular programmes that will be drawn from global best practices and traditionally rooted knowledge and ancient wisdom.
“From Leh to London”, with this vision Mattoo vows to take education at the doorstep of common man and ensured holistic education and plethora of opportunities to the young students under ‘Knowledge Initiative’ through policies, guidelines, schemes and making optimum use of existing infrastructure and human resources in the state incorporated with information and communication technology. He stressed on the need to create a sense of balance between human needs, sustainability, native culture and international development.
EC Education Dorjey Mutup, in his address, requested the committee to consider adding more subjects in the University courses in Leh that will ensure more enrolment, posting of lecturers as per subject expertise, improve education facilities in govt schools at par with private schools, to hold entrance exams in Leh, to introduce electronic and electrical wing in ITI courses in Leh, to have a monitoring cell in Ladakh to address the issues of vacant posts and to include Bhoti language on the lines of Sowa Rigpa in the 8th schedule.
Tashi Dolma, JD Education Ladakh stressed on the need to recruit locals as trainers for vocational courses, to look for a solution to address the time gap between admission session of CBSE and J&K Board, internet facilities in schools, introducing technical courses to mention few.
Financial Commissioner (Coordination) K B Aggarwal explaining about ‘Knowledge Initiative’ said that their aim is to broaden the knowledge horizon and make our youth capable to competent at international level. He stressed on the need to have skills with education in tandem with local environment for our young students to excel in their career. During the open floor discussion, he noted all the suggestions and ideas coming from Principal EJM College in detail about their initiatives and problems, representatives of civil societies, teachers and students.
The meeting was also attended EC Tourism Tsering Sandup, Addl Secy HEC Dr R K Bharti, ADC Leh Moses Kunzang, Consultant KI Gauri Arora, Research Officer, Ishan Dhar, AD Planning Leh, district officers, representatives of religious organisations, NGOs and Principals of government college and schools.