SRINAGAR: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) held the 19th meeting of the Executive Council (EC), the highest decision-making body at Nowgam-II academic-cum-administrative block of the varsity here on Wednesday.
Addressing the participants, Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mehraj ud Din Mir said the varsity conducted its 8th Meeting of the Academic Council on Monday wherein several important decisions with regard to furthering the academics of the university were taken, an official handout read.
He said that at present, the university has nine schools, having 17 departments, adding that the university endeavours to add more programmes, in order to cater to the ever-demanding needs of the student community.
He said, “The university has faculty members from across the country, which includes good chunk of female staff.” Prof Mehraj ud Din Mir said the university conducts Board of Studies and School Boards after regular intervals to upgrade and further improve the curriculum.
He said, “The university has promoted industry-academia interface by co-opting experienced individuals and experts in different decision-making bodies.”
CUK vice-chancellor, said the varsity had moved a proposal for establishment of Centre for Capacity Development of administrative staff to further the professional and capacity development of both the administrative staff and the academic heads. He said, “Several faculty members have also participated in many faculty development programmes and some of them have also bagged prestigious fellowships.”
Prof Mehraj ud Din Mir said the potential of the university vis-à-vis quality research has been enhanced, the handout read.
Speaking about the infrastructure development, Prof Mir said the executing agencies assigned with the job of constructing PEBs at designated campus at Ganderbal have failed to adhere to the deadlines. He said, “On the directions of the state government, the university is being shifted to Ganderbal, in coming weeks,” adding that the state administration had assured all possible help during shifting, to the buildings, to be identified by the joint team of the district administration and the university, read the handout further.
On the occasion, Registrar, Prof M Afzal Zargar said the university had made significant advances on academics and other related fronts, adding that several initiatives were taken by the varsity, “despite functioning from the rented accommodations”.
Prof Zargar said, “The number of students enrolled in various programmes of the varsity has touched 2100.” The number of scholars has also increased with more departments offering research programmes, he added.
He said the varsity at present was offering 37 programmes and many skill development programmes have been launched by the varsity. Prof Zargar said the varsity also organised several seminars, workshops, extension and guest lectures and capacity development programmes during the last academic session. The university had a NAAC visit during 2017, he added.
Besides, the report of the university regarding the campus development activities since its inception was shared with the EC members. The details about the rentals paid by the varsity till date were also shared with the members. The members perused the expenditures and were satisfied with the same as the expenditures were in sync with the progression and development of academic growth of the varsity, read the handout.
The members suggested and endorsed the creation of alternative mechanism like constitution of 20 single storied structures at the designated site with after PMU visit, at the total cost of around 17 crores, on fast track basis to get out of the rented premises on priority, it further read.
The EC discussed issues including, visitor’s nominee on selection committees, funding from higher education financing agency, revision of cadre recruitment rules, enhancement of salary of assistant professors (contractual), pay revision of employees as per 7th CPC, engagement of private banks for university accounts/business, recommendation of panel for appointment of new chancellor for the varsity, recommendation of selection committees for appointment to various teaching and non-teaching posts, promotion of teaching staff under CAS, and also items recommended by the academic council, read the handout.
The participants also condoled the demise of EC member, former Vice-Chairman, NCPUL, Muzaffar Hussain, who breathed his last in February, 2018, and observed one-minute silence to pay homage to the deceased and prayed for forbearance to bereaved family.
The members also put on record the immense contribution made by the first Chancellor of the university, Dr Srikumar Banerjee, who completed his term in November, 2017, the handout added.