SRINAGAR: The University of Kashmir has postponed its Foundation Day celebrations, scheduled for Tuesday, because of the demise of the mother of Vice Chancellor, Prof Talat Ahmad.
It is the for the first time the varsity is celebrating its foundation day.
Prof Talat’s mother passed away on the intervening night of September 1 and 2 after a brief period of illness.
In-charge Registrar KU, Prof Nilofar Khan confirmed the postponement of the event to Kashmir Reader.
Prof Khan said that they will reschedule the event “as per the convenience of the guests” who they will get in touch with next week.
At the maiden celebrations, being held for the first time in the varsity’s history since its inception in 1948, all the alumni members of the university will participate, Prof Khan said.
Ex-Chairman University Grants Commission (UGC), Prof Ved Prakash will deliver a lecture on higher education at the event, a senior professor at KU told Kashmir Reader.
It is a “major event” in the history of the premiere institution, said the varsity’s Dean Academic Affairs, Prof Musadiq A Sahaf.
As the event reunites the alumni of the institution, Prof Sahaf said that the stakeholders of KU will get to know about officials at key positions including “renowned bureaucrats and judges who are the products of the university”.
“It (the foundation day) was not in the tradition. Although we celebrate the teachers’ annual day, but Foundation Day was not there,” he informed.
Teachers at KU seem to be upbeat about the varsity’s opening Foundation Day. While the varsity would celebrate the event for the first time, President Kashmir University Teachers’ Association (KUTA), Prof Muheet said that they will work to make it “more organised” from next year.
Prof Muheet said that KU’s Foundation Day would “showcase the contribution” of the university as it will bring together the university’s alumni.
At the varsity’s maiden Foundation Day, the KU alumni members will share their experiences with students and teachers, Head, Department of History KU, Prof Bashir Ahmad Khan said.
“It will create an enthusiasm and fervor among the students to go into that direction whereby the university and society at large is benefitted,” hoped Prof Khan.
The event will provide an opportunity to bring together “cross section of people belonging to different shades of opinion” he added.
Prof Khan said that a ‘question and answer session’ will also be held at the event at the end.