At the 3rd court meet, members raise concern about land quality allotted to university
GANDERBAL: The 3rd court meeting of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) was held at Manasbal Club here under the chairpersonship of Chancellor, Prof. Srikumar Banerjee.
In his presidential address, Banerjee complimented the university for adhering to the timelines in academic activities, despite the devastating floods in 2014 and unrest in 2016. He underscored the need of introducing media studies in the varsity, saying that the students admitted to the programme would have very good job prospectus in the national and international media.
He said the university has prioritized the academics despite facing several constraints on the infrastructural front.
“Though in rented accommodation, the university has continuously improved over a period of time on several fronts,” he said.
In his address, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir lauded the role of the previous court members for their commendable contribution in the overall development of the university, and said that in the newly constituted Court, in addition to the academicians and scholars, representation has also been given to students and ministerial staff of the varsity.
Prof. Mehraj ud Din said the varsity started its functioning from 2010 and as on date the university at present has 16 departments offering 38 programmes. “The student enrolment has also increased manifold, from 91 students in 2010 to 2141 students in 2017,”he said.About the infrastructure development at Ganderbal, the
Vice-Chancellor, said, the university is facing tremendous hardships in the construction of permanent structures as the land has very less load bearing capacity.
He said the university has requested the state government to grant additional land of good quality so that the permanent structures are raised immediately and academic activities shifted from rented accommodations of the permanent campus. Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Talat Ahmad while addressing the participants said the CUK was doing well in academics and had done a commendable job in getting the faculty from across the country. He said the Jamia Millia Islamia would extend every possible help and support required by the Central University of Kashmir in the emerging fields of study.
He suggested introduction of the study of disaster management and climate change in the university.
Vice-Chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof. Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi also commended the university for marching ahead on the academic front and also suggested some measures to further improve it.
Former Vice-Chancellor of University of Kashmir, Prof. Riyaz Punjabi, raised the issue regarding the poor quality of the land at Ganderbal and asked the Court members to take a call on it. “The way hindrances are creeping up in the construction of the permanent structures due to poor land quality, it will take decades for the university to establish its full fledged campus,” he added.
Commissioner Secretary Higher Education, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, said the government is extending full support to the university in setting up the permanent campus. He said that during a recent meeting, the Education Minister has assured to give additional land to the university for establishing the campus. He asked the university administration to take up that issue immediately.
The members also paid rich tributes to former Court member, Dileep Padgaonkar, and observed a one minute silence.