Introduce programmes with enhanced employability for students: CUK Chancellor
Srinagar, May 20: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Chancellor, Dr. Srikumar Banerjee today underscored the need of introducing programmes in the University which would have greater employability in the market.
“The students passing out of the varsity should not only be employment seekers, but job providers,” Dr. Banerjee said while interacting with the faculty and students of the University at its Zainakote academic block. He focused on entrepreneurial skill development and asked the faculty to put in their best efforts to educate and train students so that they could compete with their counterparts globally.
The Chancellor asked the Deans of Schools to tie up with top notch educational institutions including IIMs and IITs in the country so that the students could get exposure in their respective academic disciplines. He further stressed for establishing linkages with the corporate sector across the country for internship training and placement of the students.
During the deliberations, Dr. Banerjee emphasized upon the assessment and accreditation of the University by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). “This shall be a process starting from assessment at the internal level to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses in order to obtain appreciable ranking,” Dr. Banerjee added. He further said that the performance of the CUK shall be in accordance with the international standards, besides the parameters set by the National Accrediting Agencies.
Officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din said the University has taken up the process of NAAC accreditation on top priority and in this regard a Committee has been constituted to prepare the self-study report. He said the work on pre-engineered structures at Ganderbal would be taken up soon, enabling the University to start academic functioning at its designated campus. Honorable Governor, Mr. N N Vohra and Honorable Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah were earlier briefed about the master plan of the University, approved by the EC, the highest body of the University, during interaction of the Honorable Chancellor with them, he added.
Registrar, Prof. Mohammad Afzal Zargar said that the University puts in sustained efforts to meet the targets within the well set schedule. Welcoming the Honorable chancellor, a detailed report about various initiatives taken by the University during the last year was presented by the Registrar. He also elaborated on various contours of the Master Plan prepared by the architect, M/s Kukreja Associates.
Earlier, Dean School of Management Studies, Dr. Abdul Gani, Dean School of Education, Prof N A Nadeem, Dean School of Languages, Prof. Muhammad Aslam, Dean School of Social Sciences, Prof. G M Bhat, Head Department of Legal Studies, Dr. Sheikh Showkat Hussain and Librarian, Mr. Reyaz Rufai made detailed presentations about their respective schools, department and library. Prof Muhammad Aslam also made a presentation about the revisited Vision and Mission of the University.
Dr. Banerjee distributed certificates among the students who had participated in the blood donation camp organized by the University last year.
Dr. Irshad Jan, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, Prof. S Fayyaz, Prof A M Wani, Prof Javed Qudoos, Shahnaz Bashir were also present on the occasion.
Earlier on Monday, Dr. Banerjee, also met Honorable Governor, Mr. N.N. Vohra, who is also Chancellor of the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) and other State Universities, the Honorable Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah were updated the status of infrastructural development of CUK at district Ganderbal were discussed.
The Governor informed Dr. Banerjee about the present position regarding the growth of CUJ’s Campus in village Bagla in district Samba.
The Chancellors exchanged views and experiences about difficulties arising from the scarcity of experienced and qualified teachers and also discussed larger issues relating to the purposeful advancement of higher education in J&K.
For ensuring rapid and balanced growth of both the Central Universities, the Chancellors agreed that it would be profitable for having regular interactions between the two Vice-Chancellors and, besides, participation in each other’s Executive Committees for securing mutually beneficial convergences.
The Honorable Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, also assured full support and cooperation from his government for the establishment of University at its designated campus at Ganderbal. He also stressed the need for starting the work on pre-engineered structures at Ganderbal campus at an earliest.
The Chancellor also gave framed copies of Master plan to Honorable Governor, Mr. N N Vohra and Honorable Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah.