Early Times Report
Thanamandi, Dec 7: Govt. Degree College Thannamandi, in partnership with the Agriculture Production & Welfare Department, recently hosted a One Day Orientation Programme - YUVA VANI, aimed at enlightening students about the vast potential of agri-entrepreneurship and the government’s offerings under the flagship Holistic Agriculture Development Program (HADP). The initiative was led by the NSS unit and held under the guidance of Principal Prof. (Dr.) Farooq Ahmed.
Sunil Mahnoon, Nodal officer for YUVA VANI, kick-started the event by providing a detailed overview of the government schemes initiated in Jammu & Kashmir. The two-month-long orientation program, spanning villages and Panchayats, focuses on informing unemployed youth aged 18-35 about various agricultural schemes, including KCC, Soil Health Card, Centrally Sponsored Schemes, and those integrated into the HADP.
The Interest Subvention Schemes were discussed in detail, ensuring that students and staff present were well-informed about the opportunities available. Principal Prof. (Dr.) Farooq Ahmed addressed the audience, urging them to seize these benefits and transform into entrepreneurs. He emphasized that such initiatives not only create job opportunities for individuals but also contribute to economic growth, providing a platform for others.
Key speakers at the event included Dr. Imtyaz Ahmed from the Dept. of Animal Husbandry, Dr. Bashir Dar JAO, Sarfraz Wani, and Raman Gandotra from the Dept. of Agriculture. Success stories and procedural details of the schemes were presented through videos and PPTs, enhancing the audience’s awareness. Pamphlets were distributed, and students were provided with QR codes to register with HADP and offer feedback on the schemes.
The program, supervised by Prof. Asif Ajaz Lone, NSS Program officer, and Prof. Altaf Hussain, NCC Officer, witnessed the presence of various faculty members, including Dr. Nasem Ahmed, Dr. Ashaq Malik, Prof. Shiraz Ahmed, and others. The collaborative effort aimed to empower students with knowledge, encouraging them to explore opportunities in agri-entrepreneurship and avail themselves of the government’s support for holistic agricultural development.