Guv inspects ongoing infrastructural works at SMVDU
KAKRYAL: The Executive Council of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) on Saturday decided to enhance the retirement age of the teaching faculty to 65 years and approved grant of 7th Pay Commission scales to the teaching staff. To attract well known teachers to serve the university, the council also decided to grant children education allowance and performance linked awards to the faculty.
This was decided in a meeting after the council discussed various important matters relating to the functioning of the institution.
The meeting was chaired by Jammu and Kashmir Governor and Chancellor SMVDU, N N Vohra.
The council congratulated Vice-Chancellor SMVDU, Prof Sanjeev Jain for the university attaining the 94th rank among all the Engineering Institutions of India and for retaining its position among the top 150 universities in the ranking assessment done under NIRF- 2018. It was noted that despite its young age the university has obtained better ranking than many NITs and IIITs, an official release read.
The council recorded appreciation on the University’s MBA programme becoming the university’s first accredited MBA program in J&K and for the university being included as a participating institution in Centralised Counselling for M Tech (CCMT) 2018 and being brought under the Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) – 2018 programme, read the release.
VC informed the council that faculty and students of the university were participating in quality international conferences and the number of research papers written by them has significantly increased.
The chancellor expressed satisfaction that the university was harnessing the potential of online learning mechanisms, especially Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through SWAYAM and NPTEL and National Digital Library.
The council appreciated various eco-friendly initiatives undertaken by the university to develop it as a green campus and becoming first academic campus in J&K to have a 900 kW solar power plant which will be commissioned on 30th April, 2018; encouraging the use of bicycles by students; usage of LED bulbs for street lighting and in the hostels and other buildings, it further read.
The council approved conferring of Honoris Causa on Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman Bharti Enterprises Ltd. and Pawan Munjal, Chairman Hero Moto Corp Ltd.
On being apprised about the functioning of the SMVDU Technology Business Incubation Centre (TBIC) established in the university for encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship among the people of the state, the chancellor observed that students from other states should be invited to join the TBIC and stressed the development of an ideal entrepreneurial ecosystem for boosting start-up culture in the state.
He advised the VC to “undertake a critical appraisal of all the Coys incubated so far in the TBIC” and observed that he would very shortly convene a meeting of all VCs and heads of higher education institutions in the state for discussing and preparing a roadmap for promotion of entrepreneurship and start-up policies.
In order to incrementally and qualitatively enhance the academic environment of the university, the council accorded ‘in principle’ approval to the Perspective Plan (2018-23) and urged the VC to implement a concrete Action Plan with regard to each and every aspect of the identified goals, it added.
Meanwhile, Governor N N Vohra, Chancellor of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, reviewed the progress of the various infrastructural development projects which are underway in the campus. He visited the new girls hostel; staff residential quarters and extension of the university’s guest house.
He also visited the Basohli hostel to view the installation of the solar panels on the roof of the building. Governor directed urgent completion of the entire Solar Power project so that it is commissioned by the end of this month.
The university has become the first academic campus in J&K to have a 900 kW solar power plant, a step initiated towards its becoming a ‘Green Campus’.
Governor asked vice chancellor to enlarge the solar power project to raise 2MW power, to fully cover the entire power requirement of the university.