Jammu, April 22: Chairing the 82nd meeting of the University
Council at the Raj Bhawan, Governor N.N. Vohra, Chancellor of the
University of Jammu observed that J&K State has the privilege of
hosting 9 State and Central Universities, NIT, IIM, IIT, SKIMS, IIIM,
Medical and Engineering Colleges and other institutions of learning.
He noted the vital importance of ensuring the effective utilization
of the total corpus of intellectual and scientific resources
available within this large number of educational institutions to
speed up the growth and development of the State. The Governor
stated that, for attaining this objective every University must have
wide ranging research programmes and also ensure that besides pure
research the research projects focus on identified major problems
faced in the State. The implementation of this approach would
require inter institutional linkages both within and beyond the
Noting that ranking and accreditation should help the University’s
performance being assessed within the national and international
comparative framework, the Chancellor congratulated the Vice
Chancellor and all his colleagues on the University being awarded A+
grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, which
makes it as the only A+ University in the State and becoming a part
of the elite group of institutions in the country which have
attained such ranking. Governor observed that it is commendable for
the University to gain the 63rd rank among the Indian Universities
this year, under the National Institutional Ranking Framework. He
applauded the efforts of all faculty members, scholars and students
on this remarkable achievement and remarked that these rankings and
assessments clearly show JU’s ability to sustain quality. He urged
the VC to draw up a strategic plan and a road map so that the
University can enhance its areas of potential excellence and turn
around its weaknesses.
Chancellor advised the VC to put in place a mechanism for tracking
the careers taken up by the students who pass out from the
University as such data would provide a reliable basis for
understanding the prevailing and arising job market requirements and
timely re-orienting the teaching curricula to enable the pass-outs
to enjoy better prospects.
Sh. Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Minister for Education, stressed the
importance of augmenting residential infrastructure for the girl
students within the campuses.
Governor stressed that high priority should be accorded to ensure
holistic development of students by providing them opportunities to
engage in sports and extra-curricular activities.
The Council approved the adoption of Hindi Literature as a core
subject at the UG level and the commencement of B.A. (Hons.)
programme in Hindi in the affiliated colleges, introduction of a
Master Degree Programme in Geography on self-supporting basis at the
Bhaderwah Campus from the academic session 2016-17.
The Council also approved the proposal to institutionalize Prof. D.K.
Rampal Memorial Guest Lecture, institution of the ‘Kunwar Viyogi
Sahitya Academy Award in Dogri;’ adoption of statutes for the Three
Year Bachelor of Business Administration Hotel Management (BBA-HM)
Programme under the Choice Based Credit System w.e.f. academic
session 2016-17, and the introduction of the Choice Based Credit
System at the Under Graduate level from academic session 2016-17.
Vice-Chancellor made a presentation on the initiatives and
achievements of the University and informed that Research, Academics
and extra-curricular activities are being carried out in the main
campus, offsite campuses and in affiliated colleges, on a regular
basis. He informed the Council that publications with a High Impact
Factor were being published by the faculty members.
In all , fifty two agenda items were discussed by the meeting of the
University Council which was attended by Prof. Vinayshil Gautam,
Founder Director, IIM-K; Prof. V. K. Singh, Director, Indian
Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal; Prof. Khursheed
Iqbal Andrabi, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir; Sh. Umang
Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; Sh. Navin Kumar Chaudhary,
Financial Advisor (Universities); Dr. Asgar Samoon, Commissioner
Higher Education Department; Prof. Keshav Sharma, Registrar,
University of Jammu; Prof. Naresh Padha, Dean, Faculty of Sciences,
Dr. K.S. Charak, President, Jammu University Teachers Association
and Sh. D.S. Manhas, President, College Teachers Association.