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Ex-UPSC chairman interacts with students, faculty at CUK
Srinagar: Former chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Prof. D. P. Agarwal interacted with the students and faculty members of Central University of Kashmir (CUK) on Monday.

In his address, Agarwal acknowledged the challenges and constraints of building up a new institute like Central University of Kashmir, which started its courses in 2010, and stressed on the need to utilize students in this endeavour.

Highlighting the benefits of peer learning, Prof. Agarwal suggested the students not to rely completely on teachers and cultivate the habit of self-learning.

He underlined the role of a teacher as a facilitator.

Sharing his teaching and administrative experience at IIT Delhi, he said students can even share the teaching assignments. This, he said, can also help to cope with the dearth of teachers in the institutes of higher learning.

Prof Agarwal referred to the “learn yourself” and “earn while you learn” approaches to empower students and involve them in the growth of institutes.

The session was organized by Department of IT, CUK.

Speaking on the occasion, Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar briefed Prof Agarwal about the university profile.

He said the university is committed to build industry-academia linkages by launching skill-based courses.  Prof. Zargar pointed out the need to start innovative courses to supplement the traditional programmes.

Earlier in his welcome address, Coordinator, Department of IT, CUK, Prof A M Wani highlighted the contributions of Prof Agarwal in the field of academics.

Prof Agarwal was the founder Director of the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IITM), Gwalior. In 1994, from being a professor and Dean at IIT Delhi, he took over as the Joint Educational Adviser (Technical) in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

The interaction session was attended by Coordinator, Department of Zoology, Prof. M Nayyar Azim; Coordinator, Department of Physics, Prof. Farooq Ahmad and Coordinator, Department of Convergent Journalism, Asif Khan.

Assistant Professor Department of IT, Afaq Alam compeered the proceedings.

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