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Holistic dev of students’ key to employability, acceptability: CUK Chancellor
Interacts with faculty, scholars and students
Srinagar, May 20: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Chancellor, Dr. Srikumar Banerjee, today exhorted upon the faculty members of the varsity to prepare and groom the students not only for getting jobs in different institutions and companies, but also for their holistic development so that they have acceptability, not only in India, but across the world.

 “The students passing out of the University should carve a niche for themselves and make the varsity and country proud,” Dr. Srikumar Banerjee, remarked during an interaction with the faculty members at Nowgam academic block of the University.


Prof. Mehraj udDin, officiating Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Prof. Muhammad Afzal Zargar, Controller of Examinations, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, Deans of different Schools, Heads and Coordinators of various Departments and other teaching staff were among others present.

Dr. Banerjee asked the faculty members to put in their strenuous and best efforts and contribute immensely in making the University a world class institution of higher learning.

CUK Chancellor underscored the need of having linkages with other institutions of higher learning in and outside the Jammu and Kashmir State to strengthen the academics so that the students and scholars gain more and more knowledge in different subjects and programmes. “I am taking up the issue with the University of Kashmir (KU) and National Institute of Technology (NIT) in this regard,” Dr. Banerjee added.

The Chancellor emphasized the need of bringing the Central University under one roof. “The varsity is currently functioning from three different areas and there is a dire need of bringing all the departments and administrative set up under one roof so that the students get a feel of academic environment and the campus,” the Chancellor added.

He asked the Departments to consolidate the data regarding the pass out students who are employed or jobless at present.

He said the construction of Pre Engineered Buildings PEBs at the Ganderbal campus has met some glitches and these are being sorted out on priority. “The developing of the infrastructure including buildings for the Phase-I of the varsity is also facing difficulty on certain fronts, which I would discuss with the Honorable Governor, Shri. N N Vohra during a scheduled meeting,” Dr. Banerjee said.

Later, the Chancellor interacted with the class representatives and scholars pursuing doctorate from various departments. The participants highlighted different issues and several grievances, seeking their immediate redressal, from the University administration.

Earlier, Prof. Mehraj udDin, officiating Vice-Chancellor, while welcoming the Chancellor, gave a brief resume about the University functioning and the activities and programmes organised by various departments and Directorate of Students Welfare. He said that despite floods, the University was able to conduct the examinations in time and declare results with the stipulated timeframe. He said that there were few impediments with regard to the work on the PEBs at Ganderbal. “These impediments have delayed the shifting of academic activities to the designated campus,” Prof. Mehraj udDin added.

Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, informed the visiting Chancellor, about the introduction of new integrated programmes in Science in the University and the response thereof from the candidates aspiring to take up these programmes. He said the University was marching ahead despite numerous constraints and was providing quality education to the students.

Earlier, the Chancellor, inaugurated the University cafeteria. The SBI officials comprising Mr. Dilip Kumar Koul, Regional Manager, SBI and Haji Shakeel Ahmad, Manager Regional Office handed over a cheque amounting Rs 4.35 lakh to the University Chancellor for purchase of an ambulance. 

The Chancellor, who arrived in Valley on Tuesday, also had an interaction with the members of University Building Committee and discussed the problems and issues faced by the construction agencies in executing the PEB project.

 He also had detailed deliberations with the administrative staff. Dr. Banerjee asked the staff to work with utmost dedication and commitment for the overall development of the University. The staff also highlighted their problems and sought their immediate redressal.

Later in the evening, the CUK Chancellor, accompanied by Prof. Mehraj udDin, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, Prof. Ramesh Kaul, and some faculty members from RRL BARC interacted the Vice-Chancellor Kashmir University, Prof. Khusheed Andrabi who was accompanied by Deans from Academics, Research and College Development Council and HoDs from Biotechnology, Zoology and Food Technology. Various collaborative activities between these institutions were discussed threadbare during the meeting.

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