Gov For Introducing Courses With High Employability Potential
Srinagar – Jammu and Kashmir governor, N N Vohra, today stressed the need for the employability potential being most critically examined while considering the introduction of any new course, adding that high priority needs to be accorded to those courses which have a higher employment potential in the existing and emerging job markets so that students passing out from universities and other institutions of higher learning do not have to wait indefinitely to get placements.
The Governor, who is the Chancellor of the Jammu University, was chairing the 73rd meeting of the University Council, at Raj Bhavan here today.
The Governor observed that all the necessary measures must be taken to strengthen the monitoring mechanisms of the Universities for ensuring that quality education is provided in their affiliated colleges as well as at the varsity campuses. He said that this is imperative to adequately equip our youth with knowledge and skills to successfully compete with their counterparts at the national and international levels. He also suggested that the Vice Chancellors consider drawing up at least a 5-year profile of the expected inflow of resources and the likely expenditures, per annum, and based on such assessments to evolve well considered plans for the introduction of new courses. This would, he observed, secure the harmonious growth of the varsities. He added that Action Plans should be drawn up and implemented for filling the gaps relating to faculty and physical infrastructure and thus move forward for securing the envisaged educational goals.
Reiterating the usefulness of organizing short-term vocational courses in identified disciplines to enhance employability of the youth, the Governor impressed upon the University to start these courses at the earliest.
While reviewing the to-date status of the creation of infrastructure in the main campus and offsite campuses of the Jammu University, the Governor stressed that all new and under-construction buildings must have provision for use of solar energy and other non-conventional energy sources, rain water harvesting and need to be physically challenged friendly.
. Abdul Gani Malik, Minister for Higher Education, stressed the need for enhancing employability of the youth and called for undertaking detailed analysis while introducing new courses so that these are in consonance with the emerging job market scenario. He also emphasized for bringing all round improvement in the quality of teaching and research. In this context, he gave several suggestions to secure the desired objectives.
Referring to the report of the Enquiry Committee which had been set up by the State Government two years ago the Council stressed time-bound conclusive action on each of the recommendations therein.
The meeting discussed various agenda items in detail and took the required decisions. It also reviewed the action taken on the decisions of the earlier meeting of the University Council.
Earlier, Prof. M. P. S. Ishar, Vice Chancellor, Jammu University, in his power point presentation, gave details of the academic and extra-curricular achievements of the University. He also dwelt on the efforts being made to improve the existing infrastructure and the initiatives taken in the fields of teaching, research and extension activities. He thanked the Governor for taking keen interest in the growth of the University.
The meeting among others was attended by Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir; Prof. Vinayshil Gautam; Prof. R. P. Tandon; . M. I. Khandey, Principal Secretary, Finance; . Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor; . Gazzanfar Hussain, Commissioner/Secretary, Higher Education; and Prof. Naresh Padha, Registrar, University of Jammu.
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