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CUK should become knowledge leader in J&K: Edu Minister
Kick starts ‘Digital India Week’; Views 2 documentaries
Srinagar, July 2: Honorable Minister for Education, Mr. Naeem Akhtar today said the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) should become knowledge leader in this part of the world.

“The varsity has the best faculty, who should make strenuous efforts in preparing the students for the stiff competition, not only at national level, but globally,” Mr. Naeem Akhter said after kick-starting the Digital India Week and viewing the feature length documentary “Into The Murky Waters,” made by Associated Media and in-house documentary “Saaz” prepared by the Department of Convergent Journalism, at the Nowgam Academic block of the varsity.


CUK Officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj udDin, Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, Controller of Examinations, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, Deans of Schools, Heads/Coordinators of Departments, faculty members, administrative staff, research scholars and other students were present on the occasion.

Mr. Naeem Akhtar said the Government has decided to give additional land to the University at its designated campus in Ganderbal to cater to the vertical constructions.

Mr. Naeem Akhtar said the Central University should play a pivotal role in further improving the education sector of the State. “It should come forward in restoring the acceptability of the government run educational institutions, particularly the school education,” he said, adding that apartheid and social aspect has crept in vis-à-vis admission in the public schools is concerned.

Citing the example of Japan whose economy is second largest in the world due to the rich manpower, Mr. Naeem Akhter emphasised the need to understand the importance of Human Resource than the physical material and called for honing of the same in the Jammu and Kashmir.

He asked the youth to ensure accountability of the government through their active participation at various forums.

Commenting on the September 2014 floods which wreaked havoc in the Srinagar city and other parts of the Kashmir, Mr. Naeem Akhter said, the practical wisdom was abandoned while dealing with the situation.  He blamed the rampant and unplanned urbanization for the last years deluge. Mr. Naeeem however hailed the youth for coming forward and rescuing the people and offering helping hand to those in distress.  

He said the people of Valley have forgotten traditional wisdom with respect to the construction of houses. “Our forefathers had preserved a unique geographical identity, but now we are following the models owned by the western countries,” Mr. Naeem said. He however said that the advanced countries have been able to strike a balance between the development, modernity and preservation of nature, culture and ethos.  

He complimented the Associated Media Directors, Mr. Tarique Bhat and Mr. Wajahat Iqbal Kashtawari for depicting the true picture and the difficulties faced by the people during the floods. Mr. Naeem also praised the students of Convergent Journalism for their efforts in preparing the documentary “Saaz”.

Earlier, officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj udDin, thanked the present dispensation for the proposed additional land situated at an elevated position at Ganderbal for the establishment of the University campus with vertical expansion and hailed the contribution of the Education Minister in this part. He said that on the directions of the Honorable Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, the University is adopting four schools at Ganderbal and around. Prof. Mehraj udDin while giving details about the functioning of the University said the varsity was presently offering 12 programmes and has launched 12 more programmes including integrated B.Sc-M.Sc courses in Science and Diploma courses in other subjects from this academic session. He said that despite floods, the University maintained its academic calendar and the examinations were conducted on time.

Department of IT Coordinator, Prof. A M Wani highlighted the activities to be undertaken by the department to celebrate the “Digital India Week.” He said the Department was holding quiz and poster competitions, extension lectures awareness programmes and training schedules. Prof. Wani said the formal inauguration of the Week was done by Honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi on Wednesday at New Delhi. He said the CUK has already initiated measures to implement e-governance and in line with the advisories shall be taking concrete measures to implement other digital India initiatives.

Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, thanked the Honorable Minister for Education, Mr. Naeem Akhtar for gracing the occasion and assured him that the varsity would work shoulder to shoulder with the State government to improve the quality of education in the Jammu and Kashmir. He further hailed the Associated Media and DCJ students and Coordinator, Mr. Asif Khan for making research based documentaries which were quiet informative and worth appreciation.

Coordinator, DCJ, Asif Khan said as part of the 'specialization' course under the new scheme, fourth semester students of the department are supposed to make different media products including documentary films. This has been introduced keeping in view industry requirement and placement of the students.

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