shimla: The culture exchange programme and education tours of students to different states not only acquaint them about rich and diverse culture of the country, but also help in strengthening the bonds of nationalism and brotherhood.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stated this while addressing the students of Jammu and Kashmir here today at his official residence ‘Oak Over’, who are on visit to Himachal Pradesh under the student exchange programme of Union Ministry of Human Resource Development under the aegis of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan.
He said that main objective of this programme was to ensure universal access, equity and quality, promoting vocationalisation of education and strengthening of teacher education institutions. He said that education not only helps in overall development of individual but also inculcate the moral values to make responsive and good citizens.
Jai Ram Thakur said that being neighbouring states, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir share common topography, geographical conditions and climate. People of both the states are hard working and courteous, he added.
The Chief Minister said that such type of programmes were very helpful for the students to understand culture, tradition, lifestyle and feelings of the people of different parts of the country.
He said that it was unfortunate that situation in Kashmir was not so pleasant but he was sure that in the coming years, the Kashmir would regain its old glory and people will visit this state fearlessly.
Jai Ram Thakur assured that the state government would consider sending students of Himachal to Kashmir under the student exchange programme. He said that literacy rate of Himachal was second to Kerala and the state government was laying special stress to strengthen education sector.
The students also shared their experiences of tour of Himachal Pradesh.
A colourful cultural programme was presented by the Kashmiri students on the occasion.