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India Inc exhorts Kashmiri youth to buy growth story

The sight of one mobike after another from the Bajaj Auto stable as he left Srinagar airport prompted its boss Rajiv Bajaj on Friday to ask Kashmiri students to be ju st not bike enthusiasts but be also involved in its production.

As students of Kashmir university spoke of lack of job opportunities for them during an interactive session with a top business delegation, the industrialists promised to pave the way for job openings by offering internships and exchange programmes.

The internships were offered by Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata and HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh who along with Bajaj and Aditya Birla group chief Kumar Manglam Birla were part of a delegation brought by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on his two-day visit to Kashmir. ‘The first four bikes I saw as I left the airport were Bajaj Pulsar motorcycles and was happy they are used in a big way but I want you to come to our factories and make Pulsars too,’ Bajaj said.

One girl student said they want the captains of the Indian industry to ignite the spark in them. Responding to this, Tata offered internship for students of Kashmir University at the Tata group firms which could lead to permanent employment. Stipends will also be provided, he added. ‘The industry has not looked consciously at the wealth and capabilities in Kashmir. We need to correct that and savour the capability of Kashmirs,’ he said.

Parekh also offered internship for students of the University in his bank besides providing banking skills after graduation that could earn them a certificate.

Participating in the panel discussion, Rahul said, ‘Business people are after business. And wherever they go for it they will need two things – stability and trust.’   
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