Srinagar: Governor NN Vohra, who is also the Chancellor of University of Kashmir on Monday said that despite having problems with incumbent Vice Chancellor, Khurshid Iqbal, he never overruled him and told him to make the decisions because he was the VC of the varsity.
“VC has problems with me I have problems with him, but I have never overruled him. I always told him always he is the VC and he has to make decisions,” Vohra said.
The Governor was speaking at the an inaugural function of 13th Science Congress at the University’s Convocation complex.
During his terse address to a gathering of several hundred research scholars and students Vohra said that conducting science congress can change the face of the university.
“Science Congress is held in alternate years in the state universities. This is a very useful opportunity for the scientists of Kashmir and other parts. The initiative of science congress can change the face of the university. The theme today relates to emerging technology and their applications. This is a very vast spectrum,” he said.
Vohra said that he has always been saying that Kashmiri scientist should get involved with the state to address the problems faced by the state.
“I have been always saying that the scientists should get involved with the state and through their research try to help in solving the problems,” he said adding “Why should the high-density apple saplings come from outside? Why we can’t grow them here and boost the economy.”
He said collaboration between scientists and state can help in addressing issues related to pollution and Dal Lake. “If scientists from the Kashmir University and those from all the other universities in the State, including the two farm universities get involved in finding solution to the problems of J&K we shall be able to achieve rapid progress,” Vohra said.
He also said that Kashmir University has a high potential of emerging as one of the top universities in the country, especially in the arena of science, if the faculty works with devotion and zeal and inculcates meritocracy in the academic and research arenas and totally discourages any manner of favouritism or groupism.
Vice Chancellor, Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, said “University has undertaken several reforms and transparency measures and has figured among the top 100 universities in the National Institutional Ranking Framework-2017.” He also thanked Vohra for his support in the development and progress of the University.