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CUK holds 3rd Court meeting

Chancellor hails academic achievements of CUK

Ganderbal, July 29: The 3rd Court meeting of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) was held at Manasbal Club here under the Chairpersonship of Chancellor, Prof. Srikumar Banerjee.

The meeting was among others attended by Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Talat Ahmad, University of Kashmir, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Kashmir, Prof. Riyaz Punjabi, Chairman (Board of Governors, NIT Sgr, Prof. M J Zarabi, Principal Secretary Higher Education, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, Dean School of Education, Prof. N A Nadeem, Dean School of Legal Studies, Dr. Sheikh Showkat Hussain, Dean School of Life Sciences, Prof. Nayyar Azim, Dean School of Languages, Prof. Nazir Ahmad Malik, Head Department of Economics, Prof. G M Bhat, Head Department of Management Studies, Prof. Farooq Ahmad Shah, Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, Finance Officer, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Haji, Heads, Coordinators and faculty members of other departments and student representatives.

In his presidential address, Chancellor, Prof. Srikumar Banerjee complimented the Central University of Kashmir for adhering to the timelines vis-à-vis examinations and other academic activities. “Despite the fact that there have been devastating floods in 2014 and unrest in the year 2016, the university has been successfully able to conduct the examinations and declare the result within the stipulated time,” he said. Dr. Banerjee also underscored the need about introducing media studies in the varsity, saying that the students admitted to the programme would have very good job prospectus in the national and international media. He said though in rented accommodation, the university has continuously improved over a period of time on several fronts. “The classrooms, conference rooms and offices are well furnished and the university has been able to provide basic facilities to the students and staff of the university,” he said adding the university has prioritized the academics despite facing several constraints on the infrastructural front.

In his welcome address, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir lauded the role of the previous Court members for their commendable contribution in the overall development of the university. “They gave valuable suggestions from time to time in order to further improve the academics,” he said, adding that in this newly constituted Court, in addition to the academicians and scholars, representation has also been given to students and ministerial staff of the varsity. 

In his detailed presentation about the functioning of the university, Prof. Mehraj ud Din said the varsity started its functioning from the year 2010 and as on date the university at present has 16 departments offering 38 programmes. “The student enrolment has also increased manifold, from 91 students  in 2010 to 2141 students in 2017,”he said adding the number of scholars have also risen to 68 and the admission to all the programmes are being done through Central University Kashmir Admission Test and Central Universities Common Entrance Test held with consortium of other varsities across the country. He said that the university has a Placement Cell, Internal Quality Assurance Cell, Directorate of Students Welfare and other bodies. Prof. Mehraj ud Din said the university has recruited faculty and other staff from across the country. He said the varsity has the Directorate of Research and Development, adjunct faculty and innovation club, adding the university has bagged 106 spot in National Framework Ranking. 

About the infrastructure development at Ganderbal, the Vice-Chancellor, said, the university is facing tremendous hardships in the construction of permanent structures as the land has very less load bearing capacity. He said the university has requested the state government to grant additional land of good quality so that the permanent structures are raised immediately and academic activities shifted from rented accommodations of the permanent campus.

Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Talat Ahmad while addressing the participants said the CUK was doing well in academics and had done a commendable job in getting the faculty from across the country. He said, the Jamia Millia Islamia would extend every possible help and support required by the Central University of Kashmir in the emerging fields of study. He suggested introduction of the study of disaster management and climate change in the university.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, while speaking on the occasion also commended the university for marching ahead on the academic front and also suggested some measures to further improve it.

Former Vice-Chancellor of University of Kashmir, Prof. Riyaz Punjabi, raised the issue regarding the poor quality of the land at Ganderbal and asked the Court members to take a call on it. “The way hindrances are creeping up in the construction of the permanent structures due to poor land quality, it will take decades for the university to establish its full fledged campus,” he added.

Commissioner Secretary Higher Education, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, in his address said the government is extending full support to the university in setting up the permanent campus. He said that during a recent meeting, the Education Minister has assured to give additional land to the university for establishing the campus. He asked the university administration to take up that issue immediately.

The members also paid rich tributes to former Court member, Mr. Dileep Padgaonkar, and observed a one minute silence.

Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar while conducting the meeting proceedings gave details about the achievements made by the university from the last Court meeting. He also applauded the role played by the last Court members in the progress of the university.

A promo film on CUK prepared by the Department of Convergent Journalism was also screened on the occasion.

Head Department of Management Studies, Prof. Farooq Ahmad Shah proposed the vote of thanks.

Later, the Chancellor, Dr. Srikumar Banerjee had a detailed interaction with the Deans, Heads and Coordinators of all the departments and other faculty members.  


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