Srinagar: Reiterating the role of the universities in ensuring the preservation of culture, heritage, ecology and environment, Central University of Kashmir (CUK) on Wednesday declared to re-designate the old campus of the college of physical education Ganderbal as Green Campus.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Mehraj ud Din Mir said while chairing the 3rd meeting of the Planning and Monitoring Board and 22nd Meeting of University Building Committee.
The members of the Planning and Monitoring Board also gave a go ahead for establishing Centre of Energy, Environmental Technology and Disaster Management.
“The university has been successful and has received accolades from the stakeholders for holding the first Convocation of the varsity at SKICC,” Prof Mir said.
He said the university banks up on the members of the Planning and Monitoring Board for future guidance and after receiving the valuable inputs, the same are put forth before other statutory bodies for further necessary action.
Describing founding Chancellor, Dr Srikumar Banerjee as the guiding force for the university, Prof Mir appreciated his role in the development of the university saying that “Dr Banerjee frequently interacted with the students, faculty and scholars and people of Ganderbal”.
Prof Mir said the university is on the top as far as academic is concerned when compared with other 14 universities established with it. “The varsity is facing several challenges in raising the infrastructure and shifting the academics to the designated campus at Ganderbal. The details about the hiccups have been shared with the MHRD and state functionaries,” he said.
CUK Vice-Chancellor further said that on the directions of the state government, the university administration has been shifted to DIET building Nunar and CMO building at old district hospital Ganderbal and the science block from Sonwar would be shifted soon to the designated site at Tulmulla, after the Pre Engineered Buildings (PEBs) are handed over to the university. One such PEB was handed over to the university on Thursday.
He said the University Grants Commission has granted some additional positions including Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors for certain departments, adding the Commission has also granted two more departments in the School of Engineering.
Registrar, Prof M Afzal Zargar, said that due to the guidance and support of the members of the Planning and Monitoring Board, University Building Committee and other statutory bodies, the varsity is marching ahead on academics and other fronts. “The valuable suggestions and advices given by the board members for the overall progress and development of the university are adhered to in letter and spirit,” he said.
Prof Zargar said the board is an amalgamation of experts from different specialized fields who have so far contributed immensely for the growth of the Central University of Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the 22nd meeting of the UBC was held at the same campus. After threadbare discussion, some of the items were approved and some other items were referred to a Selection Committee to be resubmitted in next UBC scheduled to be held within two weeks.
Deans of Schools, Finance Officer and experts of different fields were also present on the occasion.