JAMMU: Vice Chancellor Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora, Prof Mushtaq A Siddiqi called on Governor Satya Pal Malik at Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
Siddiqi informed the governor about the ongoing academic programmes and initiatives taken to enhance the institution’s standing.
Governor lauded Prof Siddiqi making the institution a centre of excellence in teaching, learning and research.
Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU), Prof Javed Musarrat also met the governor and apprised him about BGSBU’s ongoing academic programmes, available infrastructure, faculty position and the financial requirements to meet the future growth of the university.
The governor emphasised ensuring best possible facilities to students in sports and other extra-curricular activities besides quality teaching and learning for the holistic development of the youth.
A delegation of Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS) led by its president Gulchain Singh Charak also met the governor.
The delegation apprised the governor about the history, objectives and ongoing programmes of the DSS and presented a copy of its resolutions passed on the 114th Annual General Council meeting of the Sabha.
The delegation urged the governor to look into the issues of migrants “staying illegally” in the state, “forced migrations” from border areas of the Jammu region due to frequent cross-border firing, conducting special recruitment drives for youth in the border areas; opening road in front of Civil Secretariat Jammu for public movement; transparency and accountability in government functioning; transparency in recruitment drives; need for Sainik Welfare Department to be looked after separately by an Advisor; issues of daily wagers, etc.
The delegation urged for synergising efforts to revive Dogra culture and preservation of its rich heritage including launching a Duggar Channel by Doordarshan Kendra Jammu; revival of Dogra festival, restoration of Mubarak Mandi and shifting of archives and files pertaining to Dogra rule to the Mubarak Mandi complex, the handout read.
The delegation also suggested separate ‘regional autonomous councils’ for all the three regions of the state to ensure equitable development.
Governor assured the delegation appropriate consideration of their demands.
The delegation presented ‘Duggar Desh and Dogras’, a publication of the DSS to the governor.
In a separate meeting, a delegation of the Apprentices of Accounts Clerk Course, Finance Department appealed the governor for granting full pay to them during their ongoing apprenticeship training course as per the 7th Pay Commission with effect from 1 January 2018.
Another delegation of All Jammu and Kashmir Unemployed Tourism Professionals Association/Tourism Trainees requested the governor to launch Rehber-i-Sayahat scheme for letting qualified tourism professionals join government tourism sector.
United National Contractors Association delegation requested governor to direct the authorities to expedite release of funds amounting to Rs. 2,698.61 lakh for clearance of works done by the contractors of the Estates Division, Srinagar, to restore the assets damaged due to September 2014 floods, belonging to the department, and other works.
A delegation from Keran of district Kupwara demanded a degree college for Keran, a public school with CBSE curriculum; special recruitment drives for unemployed youth of Keran; relaxation in academic qualifications for government jobs and improvement in road connectivity in the area.
The governor assured all the delegations appropriate consideration of their demands.