Consolidate efforts to set up its own campus for CUK: Prez
New Delhi, Feb 6: Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, Honorable President, who is Visitor Central Universities Thursday, underscored the need to further consolidate efforts for setting up of the own campus of the Central University Kashmir (CUK) with multidimensional facilities to boost academic culture and promote linkage with the community and society.
Honorable President emphasized this during the two-day Conference of the Vice-Chancellors of the Central Universities held in the President's House, here from February 4-5.
The Conference was also attended by Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon'ble Minister for Human Resource Development, Secretary, Additional Secretary and key functionaries of the President's Secretariat. Secretary MHRD, Chairman UGC, Secretary General, AIU, Joint. Secretary, MHRD, Secretary, UGC, leading educationists, leading scientists and leading Industrialists were also present.
The Central University of Kashmir was represented by Prof. Mehraj Uddin Mir, officiating Vice-Chancellor, who presented the achievements and impediments faced by the University during the last one year.
The Honorable President emphasized that quarterly targets be fixed and followed up. He emphasized for imparting quality teaching and research and also directed to include Industry and Alumni in the process.
Shri Pranab Mukherjee, also maintained that collaborations with the leading Institutions be explored to promote excellence and innovations. “Incubator Centers be established to give boost to innovations and inspired teachers be identified and invited for an interaction with the students and faculty. The teaching-learning process be improved at every level; CBSC be made operational on priority basis and high quality research be promoted,” he said.
The Hon'ble President for the first time conferred Visitors’ award for 'Best University' 'For Best Innovation' and For 'Research' in a gathering of intellectuals and senior officers of MHRD, UGC, AIU, Industry and other organization. He impressed upon the Universities to compete for getting the awards. He also announced that the best Inspiring Teachers" shall be identified and invited as guests of the President.
The Hon'ble Minister for Human Resource Development, Mrs. Smriti Zubin Irani emphasized on quality education, research and University-Industry interface to boost the University out-reach for community development. She further emphasized that the vacancies be filled up within the shortest and time bound framework. She said that vocational course be launched and Community Colleges be established. Mrs Smriti Zubin Irani said the teacher-education and teacher training should be given main emphasis and the Universities should promote Innovations through establishment of Innovation Clubs. “University-Community linkage and Academic-Industry interface be given top priority and each University should adopt some of the villages for the purpose.”
During the Conference, Credit Based Choice System was given a top priority and it was resolved that a Common Minimum Curriculum be devised to ensure the proper implementation of CBCS and feasible transfer of the Credits from one University to another University.
It was also resolved that Massive Open Online Courses [MOOC's] should be launched and MOOC's in the blended form should be made operational.
Hon'ble Minister impressed upon that best practices should be evolved and shared with each other. The Universities should participate in the ranking process without any fail and Internal Quality Assurance Cell be strengthened and empowered to focus on ensuring quality education.
CUK Officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj Uddin Mir also participated in group discussions on important issues. He highlighted the achievements of the University in general and faculty in particular in respect of quality teaching-learning process, research and out-reach activities. The difficulties faced by the University at different levels were also brought with the purview of the discussion.
The two day Conference ended with a vote of thanks by the Joint Secretary, MHRD.