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Works with youth through youth forums, counselling, skill development and entrepreneurship support to enhance their capacities to become self-reliant.


A huge majority of Kashmiri youth are un-employed or underemployed and attaining a government job is the benchmark of being successful. Government jobs are scarce and private sector is still in nascent stage.

Additionally, a significant number of skilled labor is imported from other states as dignity of labor has not evolved in Kashmir as in other parts of India.


In order to address the challenges of youth , its critical to build a relationship with them and understand the problems they are facing and not just thrust programs on them. Its also important to get  them involved in building solutions and make the partners so they get a sense of ownership and a program has a better chance of success. For this, CHINAR has been aggressively working with youth forums in various towns. Even though this approach is in early stages, we are seeing promising progress.

In parallel, CHINAR has started multiple initiatives including counselling, skill development and entrepreneurship awareness to give youth guidance so that they develop capacities to become self-reliant.

Collaborations with entities  like Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Jammu & Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI), National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), National Institute of Technology (NIT), government schools and colleges are at various stages.

CHINAR has conducted multiple workshops and a national level conference at NIT(Srinagar) to meet our goals for youth.

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