CUK holds 8th Academic Council, takes several important decisions

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Srinagar: The 8th Meeting of the Academic Council of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) was held at Nowgam-II administrative cum academic block on Monday with Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir in chair.
Addressing the Council members, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said the university has a robust examination system and the academic and teaching learning is progressing well. He said that this university adheres to the timelines vis-à-vis declaration of results and completion of programmes. He further said that the meetings of Board of Studies and School Boards are conducted regularly to enrich the curriculum and also inputs are gathered not only from the faculty teaching the subjects, but also from other relevant stakeholders including students and alumni. He said the university has also involved the industry and other stakeholders in these Boards for their guidance for further improving the curriculum. Prof. Mir said the Department of Tourism Studies of the university has off late submitted projects of national importance to the State government. He said the documentaries prepared by the students of the Department of Convergent Journalism have also received national acclaim with awards. Prof. Mir said the number of departments offering research programmes with the number of scholars have also gone up. He said the varsity has signed several Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with other higher educational institutions. CUK Vice-Chancellor also informed the delegates about the State Government’s decision regarding the shifting of the university to Ganderbal and the initiatives taken by the varsity in this regard.
Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar while according warm welcome to the guests also thanked them for participating in the Council meeting. He said a number of new initiatives have been taken on the academics front and progress have been made on several matters pertaining to the academic activities of the varsity. He said many programmes, especially skill based programmes have been added and the number of students has also increased manifold. He said several teachers have brought laurels to the university, adding the university also organised several capacity building programmes, seminar and workshops, School Boards and Board of Studies during the last academic session.
The meeting later discussed various agenda items and accorded their consent on them. Endorsement of notable decisions in the AC included, delegation of powers to the Deans, composition of university research council, amendment to various ordinances including research degree programmes, merit scholarships to students, changes in admission criteria/re-evaluation and grading scale pattern. The external members were appreciative of the progress made by the university on the academic front in the short span of time and wished best to the varsity.
Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard New Delhi, Prof. Syed Ehtesham Hasnain, from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Prof. Sher Ali, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, SKIMS, Prof. Syed Mudasir, Finance Office, Mr. Bashir Ahmed Haji, Deans of Schools, Heads and Coordinators of different departments, Librarian and Director Students Welfare were also present during the meeting.