SRINAGAR: Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) on Thursday held its 54th General Body meeting at Gandhi Bhawan of the University of Kashmir that was attended by 350 faculty members from the main and satellite campuses of the varsity.
According to a statement issued here, a special session of the General Body was also convened to welcome new Vice-Chancellor, Prof Talat Ahmad who assumed his office a couple of months back.
During the meet office bearers of the association including its President Dr Muheet Ahmed Butt, Vice-President Prof Altaf Hussain Pandith, General Secretary, Dr Mohammad Ishaq Geer and Joint Secretary Dr Waseem Bari spoke at length about the various issues and concerns of the varsity, its satellite campuses and its faculty members. Action taken report of the previous year was presented by Dr Geer whereas Dr Bari presented the statement of accounts.
In his address, Dr Muheet Ahmed Butt emphasized that Kashmir University Teachers Association is a representative body of the permanent faculty members of the varsity and its satellite campuses.
“As conscious citizens and elected representatives of the intellectual class of our society we are fully aware of our responsibilities and therefore hold institutional interests supreme to our individual interests,” he said.
He said that the university administration too needs to view teachers’ association as an ally and a votary rather than an opponent or adversary
“Administration’s objectives of institutional growth cannot be at loggerheads or at conflict with the objectives of our teachers’ association,” KUTA President said.
During the special session of the 54th General Body meeting, Vice-Chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad urged upon the faculty members of the varsity and its satellite campuses to take the university to new heights of excellence by dint of their hard work.
He asked the faculty to write as many projects as possible and secure funding through centrally sponsored schemes. Prof Talat also called for working hard for NAAC reaccreditation of the university and securing highly in the same.
He pledged to resolve genuine grievances of the teaching faculty in a time bound manner and sought full support and cooperation from them in fulfilling his vision and mission for the institution.