VC chairs 10th Meeting of varsity’s AC
The 10th meeting of the Academic Council (AC) of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) was held at Green Campus of the varsity on Saturday with Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir in chair.
A statement from the Public Relations Officer of the varsity said the Vice-Chancellor, informed the participants about the approval of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for launching of two new departments in the varsity, which include departments of Kashmiri and Social work. He said the programmes would be launched in upcoming academic session for which the posts have been sanctioned by the UGC.
According to the statement, “VC said the department of Convergent Journalism has proposed to launch four months Certificate Course in Urdu journalism, while as Department of Politics and Governance has also proposed to start Post-Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the next academic session.”
The statement further said to promote collaborative and multi-disciplinary research among different departments within and outside the University the School of Life Sciences has proposed to establish Centre for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Sciences (CARTS), he added.
Prof. Mir also informed the participants about the status of Design and Innovation Centre (DIC) project sanctioned by the Government of India. He said the students of the Legal Studies have brought accolades to the varsity by participating at Nuremberg Moot Court competition held in Germany, in July 2019. He said only 16 teams across the globe were selected for final representation out of which only three teams are sponsored. The CUK received the certificate of qualification for written rounds and was one of the three sponsored teams out of top 16. The Central University team weighed its place in the final 16 and shared the 7th rank with 2 wins in the 1st two rounds.
Further addressing the Council members, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said that despite several constraints and impediments, particularly on infrastructure front, the university is marching ahead on the academics and the teaching-learning is progressing well, adding the varsity has a robust Examination and Evaluation Wing (EEW) which conducts examination and declares results within the stipulated time. He further said the meetings of Board of Studies and School Boards of all the departments are conducted frequently to enrich the curriculum and the inputs are gathered not only from the faculty teaching the subjects and external experts, but also from other relevant stakeholders including students and alumni. He said the university has also involved people from the local industries in these Boards for their guidance for further improving the curriculum. Prof. Mir said the number of departments offering research programmes and the number of scholars have also increased manifold. He said the varsity has signed several Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with other higher educational institutions. CUK Vice-Chancellor said the university has completely shifted its academic activities from Srinagar to Ganderbal and at present is functioning from Green Campus, Science Campus Nuner, Arts Campus, and designated campus at Tulmulla Ganderbal.
According to the statement welcoming the guests, Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nikka said several initiatives have been taken on the academics front and progress have been made on several matters pertaining to the academic activities of the varsity. He said programmes, especially skill based have been added and the number of students has also shown steep rise. The Council members also discussed various agenda items threadbare, approved Minutes of Meetings of the School Boards and took several decision regarding academics.
Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nikka took up the agenda items and also proposed the vote of thanks.