India capable of solving own problem; says Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu in Jammu


Advises `some friends’ not to give unasked advice and confine themselves to their own domestic problems

Jammu: Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, on Friday said that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, adding “we are of the opinion that we are capable of solving our problem’’.

“No other country for that matter has any business to interfere or make comments on the internal affairs of another country,’’ he said addressing the  3rd and 4th convocation of the Indian Institute of Management, Jammu at the Convention Centre here. “We believe in democracy and civilization,’’ he said, adding “if you are really civilized, you are not expected to interfere in the affairs of other countries’’.

“I advise some friends who are trying to give unasked advice, to confine themselves to domestic problems. We are capable of taking care of our problems, they shall not worry about us. I am very clear about this,’’ he added without naming anybody.

About Jammu and Kashmir, Vice President said that this is a very beautiful part of our country and so are the people. “But you need to have peace as it is a prerequisite to progress’’. “If you have tension, you can’t pay attention. This has to be understood by all. That’s why peace is very much required,’’ he added.

“Some people from our neighbourhood are trying to create problems and disturbance as they don’t want our country to progress,’’ he said without naming Pakistan. “We should not allow their attempts to succeed,’’ he said, adding “we should be guided by the spirit of national integration and we should put our nation first’’.

He also emphasized on strengthening industry-institute linkages and urged the graduating management students to work with farmers in improving the marketing of farm produce.

Addressing the 3rd and 4th convocation of the Indian Institute of Management, Jammu at the Convention Centre here, he called upon national institutes like IIMs to offer innovative courses and diplomas based on new market realities and demands of the fourth industrial revolution.

He stressed on the need for re-orienting higher education in tune with the realities of the world. He also underlined the importance of developing a mindset that encourages innovation and institutional reform that fosters creativity and promotes excellence.

Turning to students, he said “your ability to take decisions in an uncertain world and your ability to adapt to new contexts will become very crucial”.

He also advised the institutions of higher education to “Adapt, Evolve and Respond” to situations that have never before been faced by mankind.

The Vice President also recalled the great contribution of Jammu and Kashmir as an important centre of education since ancient times. Highlighting the works of Patanjali, Anandavardhana, Lalleswari and Habba Khatoon from the region, he called for continuity in enriching the rich culture of learning and innovation.

Speaking on the occasion, UT’s Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, talked about changing market trends and increased business management challenges. He emphasized on the need to put more focus on up-scaling of emerging skill sets so that Human Capital can be prepared and developed to fill the Skill Gap as per the demand.

 “We need to produce Future Business Managers as per the Market demand. Overhauling the entire business management ecosystem and orientation of youth is the need of the hour to complement the dynamics of market trends”, said the Lt Governor.

 He noted that many experts from the management field have identified Management Strategy and innovation; Management tools & Technology, and Interpersonal Skills as the crucial growth drivers in the post-Covid scenario.

LG also congratulated the graduating students for embarking on the new journey in Business Management and wished them a bright future. With an objective to provide sustained handholding to the students, he announced annual “LG Scholarship” for 10 students each from IIM Jammu, IIT Jammu and NIT Srinagar.

He also called upon them to understand the true virtues of life and make valuable contributions towards Nation Building and Atma Nirbhar Bharat. Learning is a lifelong experience, he said, asking them to tackle any challenges with adaptability and keep the thirst of knowledge with you throughout your life.

Pointing out that the Indian economy is coming back on the track and is growing gradually, he said “in this world of Digital and Artificial Intelligence, by evolving students, teachers and all the stakeholders of Business Management, we can move towards prosperity and progress together’’.

Citing a recent report, the Lt Governor said J&K has less unemployment rate than States / UTs like Delhi, Goa, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan, which itself speaks about the strong resolve of the UT Government towards addressing the serious issue of unemployment.

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, MoS, PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, who was also guest of honour on the occasion, too spoke on the occasion.