State asks varsities to upgrade teaching, research work

SRINAGAR: The state on Friday asked the vice chancellors (VCs) of Kashmir and Jammu universities to upgrade teaching and research work in their institutions.
Chairing 79th meeting of the Jammu University Council here, Governor N N Vohra, who is Chancellor of the universities, and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who is the Pro Chancellor, urged the VCs to take “all necessary steps” to upgrade teaching and research work in their institutions, an official handout issued here said.
“They particularly stressed on the need to ensure timely declaration of the results of undergraduate and postgraduate examinations, and to sensitively watch interests of the students,” it said.
To ensure quality education in the universities, they advised the VCs to regularly review the relevance of the courses being taught in their varsities, it said, adding that both the VCs were advised to undertake joint reviews by involving all the stakeholders.
“They emphasised the need for an annual review of all research activities, against pre-determined parameters, to critically assess the quality of work being done in the universities,” it said.
The governor asked the VCs “not to compromise” on the internal standards in awarding Ph. D degrees.
Reviewing the annual calendar of the academic and co-curricular activities, Vohra said the annual calendar should be circulated to all the affiliated colleges of the universities, while Mufti suggested bringing out an annual sports calendar with focus on sports competitions.
The chief minister asked the universities to “urgently initiate” work for developing Information Technology Parks, with enhanced focus on training girl students for IT-related jobs.
He also directed them to come up with Model Institutes for Skill Development.
Mufti underscored the need to introduce courses for personality development of the students, and short term vocational courses relating to tourism industry and other sectors.
He stressed on the need to develop effective communication skills to meet the requirements of job markets.
Meanwhile, the council reviewed the current status of the Choice Based Credit System at the postgraduate level, with the governor stressing on its early introduction at the undergraduate level as well.
It ratified introduction of postgraduate diplomas in ‘Banking and Risk Management’ and ‘Accounting and Finance’ in the department of Commerce under self-finance scheme and in collaboration with the National Stock Exchange.
It also ratified the adoption of National Council for Teacher Education (Recognition Norms and Procedure) Regulations, 2014, and also of the statutes and scheme for the two year B. Ed and M. Ed courses as per recommendations of the Justice Verma Commission and NCFTE.
The council approved introduction of regular B. Ed Course in Bhaderwah Campus of the University, and approved implementation of SRO-232 issued by the State Finance Department for providing Child Care Leave.