Minister for Higher Education, Mohammad Akbar Lone Saturday called for launching awareness campaign to educate people about the conservation of energy. He said students are a resource who can play a pivotal role in educating people about the conservation of energy.
The Minister was speaking at a function held in connection with celebration of Energy Conservation Week, organized by Government College of Engineering and Technology (GCET) Chak Bhalwal Jammu in collaboration with NSS Unit, GCET, here today.The Minister said that “it is our primary duty to save the water bodies, forests and other resources required for generation of energy”. He said water bodies are shrinking day by day so conservation of the water bodies of the State is essential to save the energy.Mr Lone said that holding of such events will provide a platform for exchange of ideas between student’s community and experts about the benefits of energy conservation. He said efficient use of energy has become imperative in view of the energy crises across the world.Commissioner Secretary, Science and Technology Mr. Bipul Pathak, Secretary, Higher Education Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmad, Joint Managing Director, Chenab Valley Power Project, Mr. Manzoor Ahmad Salroo also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the values of energy and importance of celebrating of energy conservation week.Principal of the College in her welcome address highlighted the activities of the college.Later, the Minister distributed prizes and certificates among the participant students. He also inspected models displayed by the students and appreciated the students for their concept with regard to conservation of energy.
Earlier, the Minister laid foundation stone of SC/ST Girls Hostel to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.5.42 crore in GCET Complex at Chak Bhalwal Jammu.Mr. Lone directed the executing agency to speed up the pace of work on the project and complete the same within the stipulated time frame.Later, the Minister inspected Boys Hostel of the College and interacted with the students and enquired about the facilities being made available to them.The Minister also directed the concerned to prepare Detailed Project Report for installation of Solar System in the college so that the funds could be arranged for the purpose. He also directed the JKPCC to prepare a project for construction of three room set residential quarter for Warden of the Hostel. Employees of the college also met the Minister and apprised him about their problems included release of 6th pay commission areas and amendment in recruitment rules. The Minister gave them patient hearing and assured that there genuine demands would be looked into.