Inaugurates CUK-UGC workshop at SKICC
Srinagar, May 6: Shri. N. N. Vohra, Honorable, Governor, Jammu and Kashmir, today said the Universities across the State could become leading education centres of higher learning if they would consolidate and strengthen their faculty, logistics, and further improve their teaching standards and grading system in examinations.
“We have nine Universities functioning across the Jammu and Kashmir and all of them are doing relatively much better particularly with respect to the Science programmes offered by the respective institutions. However, the Humanities stream, needs to be strengthened further,” Shri. Vohra said during his inaugural address to the participants of one-day workshop on Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) organised by the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) in collaboration with University Grants Commission (UGC) at SKICC here. He further underscored the need of promoting research in these institutions in the Humanities subjects.
Referring to the establishment of the Central University campus at Ganderbal, Shri Vohra said the water level at the campus is high and the university is confronting acute difficulties visa-a-vis on-going constructions. “There is a requirement of finding a viable solution on this front and dreams need to be translated into reality, Shri. Vohra added.
About the introduction of CBCS in Universities and Colleges across the J&K, Shri Vohra said that he had already communicated the apprehensions about its implementation in the higher educational institutions of the state. “The Universities and Colleges in J&K have significant vacancies and therefore it is difficult to implement CBCS in these institutions,” he added.
He also hailed the State Government’s decision of extending the tenure of Vice-Chancellors to five years and suggested to enhance the age limit of the faculty members.
Prof. H. Devraj, UGC Vice-Chairman, while speaking on the occasion said the Commission has made tremendous reforms and is making every effort to improve the quality of higher education across the Country. Ïndia is spending/investing more on education than USA, he said.
He asked the Central Universities to collaborate with each other in the matter of academics and on other issues. “However, these universities should maintain their brand equity,” he added.
Prof. Devraj also stressed on the need of introducing skill based courses in the institutions
CUK officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj udDin gave a brief account about the varsity and the programmes offered. He said that the University has recently launched integrated programmes in Physics, Zoology and Biotechnology while as integrated programme in Kashmir would be launched shortly. Prof. Mehraj udDin said the University had started the process of introducing CBCS and the faculty members have been assigned the task to come up with a framework.
CUK Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar in his welcome address said the introduction of Choice Based Credit System in the educational set ups is a very important strategy that has several unique features. “It provides enhanced learning opportunities for the students, ability to match student scholastic needs and aspirations, inter institution transferability of students, and credit transfer opportunities. He said the CBCS has the potential to improve the capacity building of the students which in turn shall improve their employability.
Later, presentations were made by several institutional heads about the CBCS. There were two technical sessions followed by a panel discussion during the event. VC UGC and the representatives from CUK, KU and CUJ made the presentations about the CBCS.
Besides, Prof. H. Devraj, UGC Vice-Chairman, Prof. S. S. Chahal, UGC Expert Joint Secretary UGC, Vice-Chancellors of Kashmir University, IUST, CUJ, SKUAST (K), SMVDU, Director NIT Srinagar, Director NIELIT, representatives of the Vice-Chancellors from BGBS, CU Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu University, principals of several colleges of the Kashmir, Deans/heads/directors/coordinators of various state and Central Universities and faculty members were present on the occasion.
Prof. N.A. Nadeem, Dean, School of Education, and the organising secretary of the event presented the vote of thanks.
Central univ Kmr, Jmu, HP ink MoU
Srinagar: As a major development in implementation of CBCS, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between the Central Universities of Jammu, Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, during the event. The VCs termed it as a landmark moment. The three Central varsities have agreed to cooperate and collaborate in many areas including formulation of Common minimum curriculum in the listed courses being taught in all the Universities; inter-departmental visits of the research scholars and students for their wider academic understanding and exposure, exchange of faculty during winter and summer vacations and joint supervision of the scholars; joint and collaborative research and consultancy in the thrust areas of respective disciplines; joint organization of conferences/workshops/symposia/seminars and summer schools/trainings/lectures; sharing of library services such as books, journals and teaching materials including textbooks, audio-videos, publications, reports and other resources; collaboration in respect of any other academic/administrative matter of mutual interest.