SRINAGAR: The Cluster University of Srinagar is setting up a state-of-the-art research centre, which will likely be the first such in Jammu and Kashmir. This was informed by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Dr Sheikh Javed, at the S P College auditorium on Monday.
Dr Javed was speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day interdisciplinary conference titled ‘Science in Development’.
The conference, which started Monday, is being jointly organised by the college’s Department of Environment and Water Management and its Postgraduate Department of Environmental Science.
Dr Javed said that the varsity will soon set up the ‘Centre for Quantum Computing and Artificial Intelligence’, which as per him will be “probably the first in the state”.
The centre, Dr Javed said, was part of a state-of-the-art research centre that every university is supposed to make operational.
On the occasion, Dr Javed praised S P College for having the distinction of offering six postgraduate programmes and eight integrated programmes.
“I don’t think any other college (in the state) has such a number of programmes,” he added.
Former VC, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, Prof R N K Bamezai, who was invited as the keynote speaker on the occasion, stressed on sustainable development.
Development in contemporary times, Prof Bamezai stressed, “should not be (merely) growth”.
“Whenever growth takes place without thinking and brainstorming, the ecosystem is disturbed,” he said while making a reference to the Valley’s Dal Lake.
Prof Bamezai also gave a Powerpoint presentation on human genetics.
Earlier, Principal SP College Prof Khurshid A Khan said while welcoming the conference participants that the gathering provided an opportunity to the institution’s faculty members to share their research findings.
He said that such conferences can project many departments as potential “research centres”.
“Such platforms provide an opportunity for the faculty to work at the international level,” he added.
Prof Khan said that S P College has had the “legacy to produce luminaries in various fields of life and is producing young minds in the field of research”