Land ‘Crunch’ Hits CUK Expansion


SRINAGAR — The paucity of land has hit the expansion of the Central Uni­versity of Kashmir (CUK) which was badly hitting its academic activti­ties. This was revealed at the fourth meeting of the varsity Court, its highest statutory body, at SK Inter­national Convention Centre (SKICC) here on Saturday. The meeting was chaired by the Chancellor, Lt. Gen (Retd) Atta Hasnai. CUK Vice-Chan­cellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, Uni­versity of Kashmir, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Talat Ahmad, Central Universi­ty of Jammu, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ashok Aima, Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mushtaq Siddique, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Prof. Jalees Ahmad Khan Tareen, Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nik­ka, Controller of Examinations, Prof. Parveen Pandit, Deans, Directors, Heads and Coordinators of different departments and Librarian, senior functionaries of the varsity were also present during the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, Chan­cellor, Lt. Gen (Retd) Atta Hasnain, said, “Education plays an important role in restoring, self-esteem, dig­nity and confidence among people anywhere. I have always loved the land and people of Kashmir.” He said the “poor quality of land coupled with other issues has cre­ated impediments in the establish­ment of the varsity at its designated place.” He asked the faculty mem­bers to remain more “interactive in order to cultivate the benefits of col­lective wisdom.”

Hasnain said the Central Univer­sity of Kashmir and Jammu should jointly hold academic and sports activities and invite students and scholars of their varsities to par­ticipate in them, adding the faculty members of both the institutions should frequently interact with each other. “Both the universities should come up as model universities,” he said. CUK Chancellor also advocated for promotion of mentorship in the institution and asked the students to conduct a research about the concept of mentorship and how can it make a difference in the function­ing of the university. He opined that a competition should be organised to prompt the students to write pa­pers on mentorship for which prizes should be awarded. Vice-Chancel­lor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, gave a detailed presentation about the university and said the varsity has nine Schools and 18 PG departments with near about 35 programmes in­cluding five year integrated courses and skill based programmes. He said the admission to the pro­grammes including research degree programmes offered by the CUK and other sister universities is jointly conducted by the consortium of 10 Central Universities on the ba­sis of Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET). He said the Examination and Evaluation Wing of the university is always conduct­ing the End Semester Examinations (ESE) and other assessment tests on time and is declaring their results immediately.

“The number of students and scholars receiving education and pursuing research in the university as on date is more than 2300,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said. He said the CUK has been able to get the senior qualified faculty on regular basis and the faculty members represent many States of India. Prof. Mir said the CUK has given due preference as far as professional development of the teachers and administrative staff is concerned.

Vice-Chancellor, said the uni­versity has already established an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), Directorate of Students Wel­fare, Research Council and other important cells and bodies, adding the university has an efficient stu­dents feedback system. Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said the varsity, despite facing infrastructural deficiencies, has organised several international and national seminars, workshops, conferences, guest and extension lectures and other academic activi­ties from time to time. He said the curriculum of all the programmes is upgraded to address the needs of different stakeholders including public and private sector. The uni­versity since recent past has been focusing more on skill based tech­nical courses and integrated pro­grammes to ensure employability of the graduates and to also make them skilled, he said adding the varsity has recently established a Design and Innovation Centre (DIC) to provide skill based training.

He said the university has al­ready shifted some of the teaching departments to Ganderbal and the departments of IT and ITSS are now operating from newly constructed Pre Engineered Building (PEB) at the designated campus site at Tulmulla while as the departments of Zoolo­gy, Biotechnology, Urdu and English are now functioning from Old dis­trict hospital Ganderbal, which has been renamed as the Science block.

He said the university admin­istration has been shifted to DIET building at Nunar Ganderbal, while as CMO building at Old district Hospital is being used as the Girls hostel. He said the university is also functioning from RUSA building in­side the Old Physical Education Col­lege Ganderbal, adding the scores of classrooms are being constructed in the College so that more teaching departments are shifted.

The members discussed several issued threadbare and also suggest­ed measures regarding the overall development of the varsity. Regis­trar, Prof. Fayaz A Nika, conducted the proceedings and also presented the agenda for the meeting.

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