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SRINAGAR: Governor N.N. Vohra, Chancellor of the University of Jammu, has congratulated Prof. R.D. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of the University, and his colleagues for securing a grant of Rs. 100 crore under phase II of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA).

The University has been able to secure this coveted grant  on account of being declared one of the 12 category I Universities in the country which have been granted Graded Autonomy by UGC. It may be recalled that University of Jammu has been graded by NAAC as an A+ university and has been securing a place among top hundred universities of the country under NIRF: 64th  position in 2016, 63rd   in 2017  and 51st  in 2018. It is the only University in the State which has qualified to receive a special grant.

The financial grant, given to 10 select State Universities in the country under Phase II of RUSA, is meant for quality enhancement and improvement in teaching and research and for mentoring other institutions. Lauding the achievement of University of Jammu, Governor has urged the Vice-Chancellor to strive for maintaining the highest standards of excellence in teaching and learning in this institution.

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POONCH: Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta and Minister for Tourism Tassaduq Hussain Mufti today inaugurated additional infrastructure facilities at Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) Chakan Da Bagh here. The additional infrastructure which includes parking place for 60 vehicles, barrack for security, medical aid centre, dormitory for truck drivers, toilet complex, compound wall, ramps for rummaging, lawns, lighting facilities up to zero line has come up at an expenditure of Rs 10.25 crore under Phase-2 of the upgradation project.

 

Earlier, the Deputy CM also interacted with traders and listened to their demands to further facilitate hassle-free trade at the TFC. They apprised him of immediate need of installing full-body scanners to do away the practice of manual security checking of goods which causes great inconvenience to the traders. They also urged to address the issue of shortage of staff and increase in the number of trade items.

While assuring the traders that their infrastructural demands will be fulfilled in a phased manner, Gupta called upon them to work in close coordination as per Special Operating Procedures. He said the government’s prime objective to open such type of crossing points is to facilitate the people of both the sides to meet each other for furthering development and peace. Present on the occasion were legislators Shah MohammadTantray, Yashpal Sharma, Pradeep Sharma and Shahnaz Ganai, besides DDC Mohammad Aijaz Asad, Additional SP Anwar ul Haq, Custodian TFC Mohammad Ashraf, SE PWD Majid Khan and other senior officers of the district administration.

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SRINAGAR: Minister for Power, Mr. Sunil Sharma today directed the officers to ensure that concerted efforts are undertaken to harness the power generation capabilities of the state to fullest. The Minister was speaking at a review meeting convened here to discuss the status of power projects in Kupwara District especially the one coming up at Bonar Lolab. MLA, Lolab, Haq Khan, Commissioner/Secretary PDD, Managing Director JKSPDC, Managing Director CVPPL, Development Commissioner Power and other senior officers attended.

 

The Minister while highlighting the tremendous potential of the state for hydroelectric power said that Jammu and Kashmir is replete with the vast sources of water bodies and now the onus lies on us to ensure that they are properly harnessed and tapped so that power deficiency of the state is properly complemented and we become one of the major players in the field. The Minister also directed the officers to co-ordinate their efforts to ensure that the bottlenecks if any in the implementation are removed so that the work can be fast paced. He said that they should also come up with a comprehensive relief and rehabilitation program for the people whose properties would be acquired and they are provided with adequate compensation and also employed in the upcoming hydroelectric power project.

 

The meeting was told that the DPR for the project has been prepared by the JKSPDC, which reflects that it will produce 24MW of power and also provide drinking, and irrigation facilities to the people of Lolab valley upto Bandipora and also help in generation of employment to the people of the area and catchments. The minister directed the officers to expedite the tendering process under PMDP, so that people of the area get benefitted. He also asked for fast pacing the work on Karnah and Machhil projects as well.

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