Ladakh’s Path to Empowerment: Skills, Education, and Entrepreneurship

Retired Brigadier (Dr.) BD Mishra, the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, inaugurated four Skill Sector Centers and Laboratories specializing in Mushroom Culture, High-Altitude Trekking Guide, Graphic Design, and Jam and Jelly Production Technician at Eliezer Joldan Memorial College, Leh. This ceremony took place on March 12, with Advocate Tashi Gyalson, the Chairman of LAHDC Leh, in attendance.

In addition to opening these facilities, the Lieutenant Governor also launched the portal of the Higher Education Department of UT Ladakh. He honored the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS) cadets of Eliezer Joldan Memorial College and unveiled the annual magazine of the college, titled ‘Senge Khababs’.

Emphasizing the crucial role of youth in India’s development journey, the Lieutenant Governor underscored the importance of prioritizing their education and health. He stressed the collective responsibility of society to contribute to these aspects rather than solely relying on government initiatives.

Addressing issues such as attachment of government staff and the need for channelizing Ladakhi youth’s talents, the Lieutenant Governor urged providing ample opportunities for their development. He encouraged youth to embrace entrepreneurship and start-ups, breaking away from the mentality of seeking government jobs.

During his visit to the skill workshops and laboratories established by the Ladakh Skill Development Mission, the Lieutenant Governor interacted with students and advised girl students to take extracurricular activities seriously, aiming for personal success and contributing to societal improvement.

Dr. Sameena Iqbal, the Principal of Eliezer Joldan Memorial College, welcomed the guests and briefed them on the institution’s various activities and courses.

The event was attended by notable figures including Prof. SK Mehta, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ladakh; Smt. Padma Angmo, IIS, the Commissioner/Secretary of Higher Education; Shri Santosh Sukhadeve, IAS, the Deputy Commissioner of Leh, along with faculty, staff, and students of the University of Ladakh.

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