SRINAGAR: Governor N.N. Vohra chaired a high level meeting with Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Minister for Education, Vice Chancellors of Kashmir based Universities and Education Department administrators at Raj Bhavan here today to review adherence to educational schedules and protection of students from involvement in law and order incidents.
Governor reiterated his concern that the educational interests of the entire student community must be vigorously promoted and safeguarded and, under no circumstances, should the future careers of the student community be allowed to get exploited or jeopardized in any manner. In the context he recalled the severe academic losses suffered during the prolonged agitations in 2016.
Education Minister, Vice Chancellors and other participation spoke about the factors which had contributed to the involvement of students, even girls, in the recent protests and offered suggestions regarding the actions which need to be taken.
Governor stressed the responsibility cast upon the Vice Chancellors and faculties in the universities, and principals and teachers in colleges and schools, in counselling the students and effectively ensuring against any unhealthy influences adversely affecting the teaching schedules in all the educational institutions.
He urged the Education Minister to ensure stepping up all required initiatives for providing sound counselling to students and enhancing meaningful interactions between the teachers, students, parents and even the local police officers. He advised the Vice Chancellors and their faculties to visit the affiliated colleges and assist the principals and the teaching staff to connect with the students, understand their demands and difficulties and ensure against any confrontational situations arising.
Prof. Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir; Prof. Nazeer Ahmed, Vice Chancellor, Sher-e- Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology- Kashmir; Prof. Meraj-ud-Din, Vice Chancellor Central University of Kashmir; Prof.(Dr.) A.R. Dar, Director NIT Srinagar; Dr. Sheikh Javid, Vice Chancellor Cluster University Srinagar; Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, Secretary Higher Education Department; Dr. Renu Goswami, Director Colleges; Ms. Shabnum Kamili, Director Technical Education Department; Dr. G.N. Itoo, Director School Education, Kashmir; Masrat ul Islam, Additional Secretary School Education participated in the meeting.
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