CUK holds nodal officers’ meet

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SRINAGAR: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) in collaboration with consortium conducting the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET-2018) organised a Vice-Chancellors/Nodal Officers meet cum 3-day workshop on “Quality Control In Higher Education; Opportunities And Challenges.”
Vice chancellors of six central universities and nodal officers from eight central universities and Executive Officer of BA School of Economics are participating in the workshop besides the faculty of the Central University of Kashmir.
The workshop was organised to discuss the strategies and best practices in higher education planning, policymaking, execution and control.
According to an official handout, Registrar Prof Mohammad Afzal Zargar elaborated upon the need for introduction of academic audit, use of ICT, NKN and other networks alongside development of forward linkages with the industries and research institutions and backward linkages with the institutions of senior and secondary schools. He also elaborated upon the need of reforms in examination patterns and also to focus on meaningful research to establish higher quality standards. “The role and inclusion of private organisations in higher education amid controlled mechanism can play a key role in improving the GER of the country,” Prof Zargar added.
Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Kashmir, Prof Mehraj ud Din Mir expressed optimism that CUCET was providing a wider canvass to the aspirants to seek admission in different universities of India. He underscored the need for sharing of common resources, common curriculum and exchange of faculty and students. Prof Mir divulged that “moral education and ethical conditioning of the students takes place at an early stage, but higher education has to make them relevant to the needs of the society”, the handout read.
Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Rajasthan, Prof A K Pujari stated that in order to effect the students exchange programmes, “we need to have a slight differentiation within the broader framework of similarity. He revealed that “differentiation in our programmes paves way for signing MoUs”.
He also suggested that CUCET platforms after their commendable contributions towards admission processes can come forward and explore extension of collaborations and exchange of faculty and students among the member universities.
The workshop on the theme would discuss on a number of subthemes over a period of three days amid seven technical sessions through lead lectures, discussions and panel discussions.
The technical session-I based on a panel discussion on Sharing of Best and Innovative Practices & future challenges of Universities with Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Gujarat, Prof S A Bari in chair and Dean Faculty of Education Central University of Kashmir, Prof N A Nadeem as the co-chairperson.
Prof Nadeem stated that the canvas of collaborations and integrations needed to be expanded for the benefit of present and potential students of the universities. He hinted towards MoUs signed by the Central University of Kashmir with two other sister universities in the areas of credit transfer after identifying core and flexible components, student mobility, major research projects, holding of seminars and exchange of faculty, read the handout.

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