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  • Addresses CUK faculty, students through videoconference

SRINAGAR:  Honorable President, Shri. Pranab Mukherjee Monday said that urgent measures to improve academic management in higher level institutions are necessary. “Is it possible to become a world power without a single world class university? In two reputed international rankings of universities, there is not a single entry from India against the top 200 places. I refuse to believe that despite having the second largest higher education system in the world, with over 700 universities and 36,000 colleges, we do not have even one truly outstanding institution.

The fault lies in our casual approach. The rankings process should be taken seriously. A high rank can boost the morale of the academic community and open greater avenues of growth and placement for students. It can help attract the best faculty from India and abroad and provide a benchmark for continuous quality enhancement,” Shri. Pranab Mukherjee remarked while addressing the faculty and students of various higher educational institutions across India, including the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) through videoconference.

He said that concrete action to present the credentials of our institutions is needed. “Institutions must set up nodal authorities to handle data coordination. Some of the IITs have developed expertise in dealing with the ratings process. They can act as knowledge partners to other institutions. As a result of concerted efforts, India today has nine institutions in top 50 in the BRICS region, with the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore at the 5th position. I hope the success in the BRICS rating will extend to other international ratings,” he said.

Shri. Pranab Mukherjee said that to make learning more effective, teaching pedagogy must be refined, curricula up-dated regularly, an inter-disciplinary approach adopted and evaluation mechanism reformed. “They must identify core competencies and nurture centres of excellence.”

He said the higher education sector is witnessing sweeping changes the world over. “Rising costs of higher education and the changing profile of education seekers, aided by technological innovation, are leading to alternative models of knowledge dissemination. MOOCs, which first began in 2008, allow students to hear lectures and read course material on-line, and earn a degree at a cost much lower than conventional education. Disruptive technologies should be used to our advantage.”

The President said that our country is beset with problems like drinking water, sanitation, energy availability, urbanization, and poverty that call for innovative solutions. “These challenges must ring the bells in the laboratories, corridors and classrooms of our higher academic institutions. Unfortunately, research in most institutes is marked by a certain degree of neglect. The eco-system for cutting-edge research is missing. This general apathy is reflected in some indicators. India has 160 researchers in R&D per one million people compared to 710 in Brazil and 1,020 in China. In high technology exports also, India does not fare well.”

He said the Make in India campaign aims at facilitating investment, promoting innovation, fostering skill development and establishing best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure. “Our universities and engineering and research institutions must take up this challenge and make India a hub for technology-based products. They must build a research culture and promote research activity at all levels.”

He said a higher educational institution has to interact with the society at large. “Its soft power of persuasion and influence extends beyond its classrooms. Adoption of some neighbourhood villages to effect holistic change and transform them into model villages can be a very good beginning.”

The President also recalled the contribution of Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.  “As Dr. Kalam has explained in his book, "Indomitable Spirit”, the education system in the 21stcentury must be based on five components - research and enquiry, creativity and innovation, capacity to use high end technology, entrepreneurship and moral leadership. In the contemporary world, we are wading in a sea of information. Converting this information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom, calls for exceptional skills which we must impart in our students. They should be prepared for lifelong learning which now is easier because of digital technology. An inquisitive mind and research oriented approach has to be built in our students.”

CUK officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din, Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, Controller of Examination, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, Deans of various Schools, Head and Coordinators of different departments, faculty members, administrative staff and students were all present on the occasion.

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SRINAGAR: The Central University of Kashmir (CUK) is holding a placement drive in collaboration with Mount Talent Consulting under centrally sponsored project “Udaan” at Nowgam academic campus of the varsity on August 12 and 13, 2015. The drive will start at 10 AM and will culminate at 4 PM on each day. The pass out students of CUK and all other institutions in the field of MBA, IT and Tourism studies or graduates in any discipline can register their names for participation/interaction. The interested candidates can register their names either on mobile numbers 9419009781 (Dr. Ihsan –u-Raheem), 8826530888 (Ms. Mirzadi Uzma) and 9796321750 (Dr. Fayaz Ahmad) or can mail their names at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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  • Lays foundation of two Panchayat Ghars at Drass
  • Says empowerment of Panchayats, improved village environs priority of Govt
  • ‘Rs 15 cr released for district Kargil under MGNREGA’

KARGIL: Stating that empowerment of Panchayats and improving living condition of rural masses is among priorities of the government, the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr. Abdul Haq today called for collective efforts to make rural areas clean and pollution free. He said such efforts will go a long way in preserving the natural beauty and healthy environment of the rural areas and reversal of migration to urban areas.

The Minister said this while addressing a seminar here which was organized by Rural Development Department Kargil.  A large number of Panchayat representatives attended the seminar.

Among others, Chairman Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali, Executive Councilor for Rural Development, Syed Abbas Rizvi, Executive Councilor for CA&PD, Syed Mujtaba, besides Deputy Commissioner, Kargil Haji Hassan Khan, Director Rural Development Department, Kashmir, Mr. Tassaduq Jeelani, and other officers and eminent personalities of Kargil district were present on the occasion.

Mr. Haq emphasized on close coordination between Rural Development Department and Panchayat bodies so that government sponsored schemes are implemented successfully on the ground and maximum people are benefitted. He also stressed for efficient functioning of the department and ensuring quality works besides judicious utilization of funds so that welfare and development of rural areas is ensured.

The Minister enjoined upon the officers to improve work culture and work with honesty and dedication. He also urged for inclusion of productive projects in MGNERGA scheme for which he assured liberal funding.

On the occasion, the Minister approved Rs 20 lakh for construction of Panchayat Ghar at Chanigund. He also said money to the tune of Rs 15 crore has been released under MGNERGA for Kargil district which will be utilized for new works in addition to clearing pending liabilities.

During the seminar it was told that during year 2014-15 as many as 16657 Job Card holders were provided 5.20 lakh man-days and 1166 developmental schemes were taken up in the district out of which 490 schemes have already been completed. The Minister also took stock of the plan for current fiscal under Rural Development and schemes completed in different Panchayats.

The Minister also visited Drass and interacted with the members of Panchayat bodies and took stock of pace and progress of implementation of MGNERGA scheme. The Minister also met with several deputations who apprised him of their demands and issues.

The Minister gave a patient hearing to all the deputations and issued on spot directions to the concerned for their redressal. During his Drass visit the Minister laid foundation stone of two Panchayat Ghars at Thasgam and Kharbu with each being constructed at a cost of Rs 20 lakh under MGNERGA and 13th Finance Commission award.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister congratulated the local populace for getting Panchayat Ghars and hoped people would benefit from these Panchayats. He also instructed concerned Sarpanchs to keep a vigil and monitor construction work of Panchayat Ghars and ensure material used in construction is of standard quality.

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