SRINAGAR: The Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) is among the state’s fastest growing institutions of higher learning at present. In the short span of time since its inception, BGSBU has achieved many milestones in terms of academics and infrastructure. The uninterrupted environment and cultural diversity in the University gives it a competitive advantage over sister universities within the state, causing it to emerge as a melting pot for knowledge seekers across Jammu and Kashmir.
The University attracts students from all regions, speaking different languages, practicing different religions and celebrating the beauty of being different yet together. With ongoing research in many areas of the sciences, social sciences, languages and humanities, BGSBU is contributing not only to knowledge creation but also to various policy decisions on important issues pertaining to the environment, economics and tourism, etc.
State-of-the-art laboratories, well-equipped computer centres, a well-maintained library, smart class rooms, 24×7 internet connectivity, separate fitness centers for male and female students and other such facilities make BGSBU a favourite destination for students from across the state. Apart from this, two halls of residence, one each for boys and girls, with four hostels each provide residential facilities to more than 1,000 students, something one rarely sees in other universities.
Entrepreneurship development among the students has been the focus of policy decisions within BGSBU. Particularly in the School of Management Studies and the School of Engineering and Technology, special emphasis is laid on developing the acumen for entrepreneurship among budding managers and engineers.
Apart from expert lectures, industrial visits, seminars and conferences on entrepreneurship development, the University has been in the process of developing in-house ED centres for prospective students. The first of its kind in the state, the University has dedicated one such facility, the ‘Peer Pal Café’, to be managed by BGSBU’s MBA students. A team of students from the School of Management Studies is successfully running the cafeteria. This has in many ways motivated many other students to think beyond conventional jobs and go for entrepreneurship.
This year, the university has added B.Ed. and MSc. Microbiology to its academic programmes. In future, the University will add many such programmes to cater to the rising needs for trained manpower in academia and in industry.
Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University has not only changed the socio-economic and academic landscape of the Peer Panjal Region but has been actively contributing to the growth and development of the state of Jammu and Kashmir as a whole. This great institution, named after the revered saint Hazrat Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah, belongs to all those who strive for acquiring education for the larger benefit of mankind on earth.
Assistant Professor Management Studies, BGSBU, Danish Iqbal told Kashmir Reader, “The University started its academic journey in 2005. I still cherish the memories of the day when, in August 2005, I was enrolled for the first batch of MBA students at the School of Management Studies, BGSB University. I feel privileged to be among the first 90 students of this great institution.”
“We are looking at BGSBU as a centre of excellence in the entire South Asia, as envisioned by its founders. With the type of its top leadership, we believe that the day is not far when BGSB University will be among the top institutions of the country and the state,” he added.
The University was established by the state government by an Act of the Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly, called the Jammu & Kashmir Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University Act, No. XVI of 2002.
With four departments, 90 students, a few teaching and non-teaching staff and a visionary Vice Chancellor, the University started its journey in 2005. Today, after just 13 years, it now has more than 2,000 students, nearly 200 teaching faculty, a sparkling campus with 18 post-graduate departments, undergraduate and diploma courses, an Engineering college, a polytechnic college and three nursing colleges.
Apart from academics, the University believes in the all-round development of the students. The University has the Directorate of Sports and Physical Education to motivate and train young men and women for various state-level and national-level competitions. In addition to this, the University has established a cultural cell to organise various cultural programmes to promote talent among the students and prepare them for chasing their dreams.