Need to implement MoUs: CUK VC
Srinagar: Vice Chancellor, Central University of Kashmir, Prof Mehraj ud din Mir Wednesday stressed on the need to give practical shape to the MoUs signed by the university with various departments and organisations at local, national and international level since its inception.
The vice chancellor was speaking at a function organized by the university’s Department of Tourism Studies to mark World Tourism Day.
“The tourism department has entered into MoUs at state, national and international levels. Need of the hour is that we have to ensure that these MoUs do not remain only in files or papers. We have to ensure that they come into a practical shape,” Prof Mir said.
“Hopefully, in the years to come, our university will be among the best in the country. In this respect every one of us has to make a contribution,” he told a gathering of students and faculty members.
The Vice Chancellor pitched for college-level business start-ups and offered his support to any such initiative.
“If a group of students can start some entrepreneurship project at university level and develop some idea about canteen or restaurant facility at Nowgam campus, we will provide all possible facilities to them. Don’t confine it to Nowgam only, but extend it to entire state and then entire country. The university is always with you, whatever proposal comes, we will try our best to accommodate all those proposals,” he said amid applause from the audience.
Prof Mir also expressed gratitude to the students and faculty members for extending a warm welcome to him on assuming the charge of Vice Chancelloron Tuesday.
“I am thankful to all of you for giving a warm welcome to me. I am a part and parcel of this institute,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Registrar, M Afzal Zargar hailed the Department of Tourism Studies for securing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with various agencies at state, national and international levels. “I must compliment the department for signing the MoUs. This indicates the liveliness of the department,” Prof Zargar said.
He also praised the students for organizing the programme. The theme of the event titled ‘Milchaar’ was “Billions of Tourists, Billions of Opportunities”.
On the occasion, Department of Tourism Studies also welcomed the new students of the course.
Students of the department presented a play, emphasizing on various themes like treating tourists ethically, preserving culture and heritage to promote tourism, lack of professional human resource, lack of government support and rampant corruption in licensing process.
The students emphasized on the need of transparent and easy licensing process, which would create billions of opportunities for unemployed youth of Kashmir.
The function was also attended by Controller of Examination, Prof N A Gilkar, Dean and Head of Tourism Department, Prof S. Fayyaz, Dean School of Business Studies, Prof Abdul Gani, Director Students Welfare, Dr Fayaz A Nikka, Chief Proctor, Dr Farooq A Shah and Coordinator, Department of Convergent Journalism, Asif Khan.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the Directorate of Students Welfare was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Fayaz Ahmad Nika, Director Students Welfare to extend congratulations to the Prof. Mir on his appointment as Vice Chancellor of the university.
Coordinators of all the wings of the Directorate namely Dr. Ihsan-ur-Rahim Malik, Dr. Mohammad Syed, Tasleem Araf Cash, Anil Kumar and Hilal Ahmad Najar were present on the occasion. The participants expressed optimism that under the patronage of the Vice -Chancellor, “the university shall scale new heights in view of his qualities of dynamism in decision- making and ability to streamline the developmental process at this off-take stage of the University”. The Directorate pledged full support to the Vice-Chancellor in making the university as an institution of excellence.