Focus on quality, excellence in Hr Edu need of hour: AIU Secy Gen
CUK holds workshop on Examinations & Evaluation Reforms Title
Srinagar, Aug 30: Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Prof. Furqan Qamar, Saturday underscored the need and importance to focus on excellence in higher education sector in order to serve the purpose of creating a good and humane society.
“Providing quality education to those aspiring to pursue higher studies or professional courses should be the prime objective of the Universities and colleges as the students passing out from different educational institutions across the country now have the option to choose among the best institutions,” Prof. Furqan Qamar said while delivering his inaugural address to the faculty and administrative staff of the University during the 2nd Post-ESE workshop on Examinations & Evaluation Reforms organized by the Examinations and Evaluation Wing of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK).
Addressing the gathering, he said that there were students who were craving for admission to colleges and other institutions, after completing the schooling, but they don’t get it. “However, the irony and the fact is that there are colleges wherein in 30 to 40 per cent of the seats in different programmes remain vacant as they don’t have the capacity to perform,” Prof. Qamar added.
Prof. Qamar emphasized that the teachers play a key and pivotal role in shaping the future of the students. “After completing their schooling in a disciplined set up, the students see a different environment in colleges and varsities. They follow the footsteps of their teachers with regard to punctuality, submission of assignments and other important class work,” Prof. Qamar said and asked the faculty to become the inspiration for the students with regard to the working in the institution.
He said that despite the onslaught of web based courses and other mediums, the importance of teachers haven’t diminished. “The teachers are irreplaceable,” he added. Prof. Qamar said the continuous assessment and examination of students should be a regular feature of the Universities.
Prof. Qamar was flanked by CUK Officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din, Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar and Controller of Examinations, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar.
Speaking on the occasion, Officiating VC, Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din in his presidential address hailed the contribution of Prof. Qamar’s family in the development of education system in the Valley. He said the Government of India has expressed serious concern as none of the Indian Universities figured in the top 200 varsities functioning across the world. “All the Vice-Chancellors have been asked to strive hard for excellence in order to compete with the Universities across the globe,” Prof. Mehraj said.
He urged Prof. Qamar to make the teachers of CUK part of the faculty exchange programmes in near future.
CUK Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar while delivering the welcome address said the University is starting research in all the programmes offered. He also gave a detailed resume of the University functioning and activities organized.
Controller of Examinations, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar said, the main aim and objective of holding the workshop was to make self-introspection and self-appraisal after the holding of examinations. “This is the second workshop on Examinations & Evaluation Reforms and we want to know our strengths and weaknesses,” he said, adding that measures would be taken to overcome the shortfalls if any.
Finance Officer, Dr. Irshad Jan while presenting the vote of thanks said the University was starting work on the construction of pre-engineered buildings at its Ganderbal campus shortly and would shift some of the departments there very soon. Presentations were also made by Dr. Farooq Ahmed Shah and Dr. Fayaz Ahmed Nika, Associate Professors, Department of Management Studies. Dr. Sheikh Showkat, Head, Department of Law, conducted the open house discussion.