Pampore complex encounter: Institute under attack is Valley success story

Pampore encounter: Established in 1997 to develop and hone entrepreneurial skills, the EDI began functioning in 2004. Since then, more than 4,000 youths have trained at this institute — these include 1,800 youths from the Valley.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: October 18, 2016 12:02 pm
pampore, pampore encounter, pampore operation, indian army, kashmir, kashmir encounter, kashmir operation, india news Pampore encounter: Security forces take position near the EDI building, where militants were holed up, in Pampore Monday. At least one soldier has been injured. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

The J&K Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) in Pampore, the scene of a second gunbattle between security forces and militants this year, has been a Valley success story, drawing youths from different parts of the state to its programmes on skill development and capacity building.

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Officials at EDI, who rank it as one of the most successful startups in the country, underline that it’s a centre par excellence with state-of-the-art regional centres across Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Community organisers are present in all 22 districts of the state, enabling entrepreneurship and promoting development at the grassroots.

Established in 1997 to develop and hone entrepreneurial skills, the EDI began functioning in 2004. Since then, more than 4,000 youths have trained at this institute — these include 1,800 youths from the Valley.

pampore, pampore encounter, pampore operation, indian army, kashmir, kashmir encounter, kashmir operation, india news Pampore encounter: Smoke rises from the EDI building. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

Mohammad Ismail Parray, Director of EDI, told The Indian Express: “It is very unfortunate that our institute is burning again. After the main complex was damaged in the February encounter, we turned the hostel complex into our office. We have secured all our records online.”

In fact, a month before the last encounter, 373 youths successfully completed their training at the institute — they were trained for three weeks from December 21, 2015 to January 13, 2016.

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“Currently, two short-term business entrepreneurship courses help the unemployed youth understand opening of new businesses, and in getting government subsidies, processing loans and finances for the businesses,’’ an EDI senior instructor said. “Many who received training and loans are now running successful ventures across the state.’’

The EDI offers short-term programmes on handicraft, boutiques, shawl making, embroidery, training for pharmaceutical stockists, timber shops, and other courses.

The institute also runs a youth startup programme and collaborates with the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation to provide loans to marginalised sections of society at six per cent simple interest for setting up micro-level enterprises.

“In 2015-2016 alone, 968 beneficiaries availed this loan facility while 395 have do so this financial year. So far, 1,552 candidates who trained under Himayat have also been financed,’’ an official said.

On Monday, after the militants again occupied the EDI complex, former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “No wonder for the 2nd time this year they have attacked the institute. They want young Kashmiris to be subservient & bitter not self-reliant. All the EDI ever did was train young Kashmiri boys & girls to stand on their own feet & not seek government jobs. Militants don’t like that!”

Officials said that during the rule of the NC-Congress government, the Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth, with Seed Capital Fund Scheme (SCFS) as its major component, became a turning point because it helped many youth become self-reliant.

Those who availed benefits from the EDI schemes are grateful for the training received. “When we see damaged buildings, it hurts. Whatever I am today is because of the assistance I got through the EDI and the training I received there,’’ said a youth who now has his own business in a north Kashmir town.

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    Vivek
    Oct 11, 2016 at 1:43 am
    It is clear that youth of Kashmir are systematically deprived by terrorists and other elements from education and progress so as to push them in dark path of terrorism.
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      Prabhakar Somayaji
      Oct 12, 2016 at 5:32 am
      all strategy of armed forces can not be disclosed as enemy will get the benefit out of it. the live capture will help in eradicating such evil forces. hence the indian forces are it seems targeting on capture rather than killing which the presutes can not understand like opposition parties who are targeting politics rather than safety of armed forces or patriotism.
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        Brave Heart
        Oct 11, 2016 at 2:49 am
        In lung cancer , the cells metastasize to other healthy organs and grow there . So we have to surgically remove them. Similarly the cancer cells from stan are infiltraing into Kashmir and becoming a cancer there....no matter how much money or how many schemes you provide to the kashimir "youth" , you are just fueling the cancer cells. Instead do surgical excision and do 100 rounds of chemotherapy and 100 rounds of radiotherapy.
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          sdfds
          Oct 11, 2016 at 6:24 am
          But , no one got it . Aha !! I now remember that Bangladesh got its azadi from PORKISTAN
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            sdfds
            Oct 11, 2016 at 6:23 am
            DId you forgot 1971 ?? How ur salwar suit soldiers la down their arms and cried for life , and we were always forgiving that we spared their life . LOL !! ur talks are truly PORKI , have some pork and enjoy ur evening .
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              Worried like
              Oct 11, 2016 at 10:45 am
              Commandos* not terrorists. This is how you carry out surgical strike you fool! You leave fire, bodies and blood as PROOF. Your military can't do nothing right. They can't even write stories of their "bravery" right.
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                Worried like
                Oct 11, 2016 at 10:44 am
                Takes 3 people to engage 300 Indian soldiers. Not a good ratio if you ask me. If only Indian soldiers were as strong as ganesh or bheem and "terrorists" as weak as rawan, things would have been perfect in Brahman-Wonder-Land called India
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                  G Srinivasan
                  Oct 11, 2016 at 1:09 am
                  Empty space,to Dark matter and then Big Bang ,. What is energy, Quanta, and then entanglement? Now senelity has crepl t in and Aliens have become the next paradox. No chance Aliens advanced enough to travel light years will know the primitives here are not worth bothering about. . Unlike Columbus , shot off thinking he is heading for gold and ruby studded India,
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                    jpm
                    Oct 11, 2016 at 3:43 am
                    Why this anger?
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                      praveen nair
                      Oct 11, 2016 at 6:03 am
                      Terrorists are still in that building.. since there are no hostages, tear gas, laughing gas, etc can be used
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                        kuki
                        Oct 11, 2016 at 5:25 am
                        I want to tikle my nuke into you mohhamad. Ha ha
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                          Aurangzeb
                          Oct 11, 2016 at 6:44 am
                          Haha attacking the weakest side, where arms and supply can't reach. That is what India like trying to threaten the weakest and p in pajamas.
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                            Aurangzeb
                            Oct 11, 2016 at 5:50 am
                            Wrong country to fight with beta, now enjoy the sweets from your neighbours ; )
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                              kunjimon
                              Oct 11, 2016 at 3:23 pm
                              Im ashamed 2 people against army more than 24 hours
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                                L bhadrapati Devi
                                Oct 11, 2016 at 6:19 am
                                Terrorists groups are media savvy. They select the proper spot for media attention. In Tripura, media acts as counter insurgency role by not covering any news of insurgency strike. There are two strong insurgents groups in Tripura attacking the state forces. Due to media uncover age of their activities, the existence of such parties from the collective psyche of the people.
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                                  Vikas
                                  Oct 11, 2016 at 2:47 am
                                  U r truely senseless, uneducated, donkey riding aadha mulla from arabia who still belives india is ruled by brahmins. Go and get urself educated abt india and then discuss
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                                    muzafar
                                    Oct 11, 2016 at 2:00 am
                                    LOL! ur indian muslims r highly educated, wash ur face man! we will kick u out from KMR!
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                                      heena
                                      Oct 11, 2016 at 3:26 am
                                      stan itself is not a nation which inherits its culture. It is the left out of Britishers bogey of few army men who have no contribution for the state. The entire stani army itself a terror group need to be eliminated.
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                                        Jayaraman Nagarajan
                                        Oct 11, 2016 at 1:34 am
                                        Which kashmir you live whether POK or Kashmir with integrated with India skill development is essential. You attain Azadi with skill development . Mothers of Indan Kashmir should understand their children must develop as professional learning skill available . Throwing stone on Security forces is not skill.lt;br/gt;Shops remain closed 90days then how do the merchants make a living . The support monetary or other benefits from other countries lead to bullet injuries to your beloved children. It is the responsiblity of mother in Kashmir advising children to behave children. In other Indian states children never throw stone on security. Reform yourself for your bright future. Whether POK is better place is not proved
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                                          Muhammad Riyaz
                                          Oct 11, 2016 at 3:01 am
                                          stan Army, ISI, Hafiz Saeed, huddin, Jaish E Muhammad may be behind this attack, RIGHT? You Indians are TRUE CH00TYA PERSONS.
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                                            Muhammad Riyaz
                                            Oct 11, 2016 at 3:05 am
                                            stan will insert it's cannon into your and burst it with a TACTICAL NUKE.
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