J&K Bank focused on creating strong industry-academia relationship: Chairman
SRINAGAR: Under its CSR programme, J&K Bank on Monday donated a Critical Care Ambulance and 11-seater battery-operated vehicle for differently-abled students to Kashmir University. The bank under its ‘Go Green Initiative’ also dedicated 100 bicycles for in-campus commute and specially-designed 50 comfortable three-seater garden-benches.
On the occasion, the bank chairman said that staying focused on creating a strong industry-academia relationship, mutual collaboration in the new fields of research and development would “surely help us explore and create fresh opportunities for the socio-economic development of Jammu and Kashmir”.
“As far as our business relationship with this institution of excellence is concerned, we have a longstanding trust of decades at our backs to carry it forward beyond the preferred client-reliable financial service provider status,” the chairman said.
The chairman further divulged the aim to reinvigorate relations with Kashmir University and incorporating new-age products and customised services for an enhanced client experience, an official handout read.
“It is in this direction that very recently, we both entered into an engagement for Kashmir University as our Most Preferred Customer adding more gravity and privileges to our relations with you,” he said.
He expressed his happiness to see the work in progress for establishment of the bank’s ‘Digital Lounge-cum-Thinking Space’ within university premises which will further offer an immersive banking experience to the university with state-of-the-art transaction and digital facilities, the handout read.
As responsible corporate citizens, the chairman stated, “We have in the past come together for various CSR initiatives and we will continue to support more such engagements to help the university achieve its true potential as centre of excellence.”
The bank dedicated the ambulance for health centre of the university, one 11 seater electric vehicle for movement of physically challenged students, Rs 10 lakhs as contribution towards the fund reserved for financially poor students, cycles for in-campus travel convenience as a GREEN initiative for the students of the university, the handout further read.
Citing entrepreneurship and self-employment as twin important areas of engagement between the two institutions, he added, “We are keen to actively support the ideas/ventures seeding out of the KU incubation centers for we see entrepreneurship and self-employment as the way forward for the productive engagement with the youth of the state.”
Meanwhile, he informally agreed to the request of financial support made by Registrar KU for the university’s upcoming student festival ‘Sonzal’.
Speaking on the occasion, VC Prof Talat Ahmad said the bank has always been helping us in a lot of ways and that there was still a lot the university can do in partnership with the bank.
“Both the bank and university need to join hands for promoting entrepreneurship and helping youth to take up different economic initiatives. For the need of the hour is work towards expanding the possibilities of self-employment in the state,” Prof Talat said, adding that the biggest resource of any place is its human resource.
“And the human resource in J&K is talented with exceptional advantages in language and its delivery. Let’s work together to make J&K a hub of best human resource”, he added.