Ganderbal: The first meeting of the Interdisciplinary Board of Studies (IDBS) and 1st Steering Committee of the Design and Innovation Centre (DIC) of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) were held at varsity’s Green Campus here on Tuesday.
VC Central University of Jammu, Prof Ashok Aima, VC BGSBU, Prof Prof Javed Musarrat, Registrar and Director DIC, Prof Fayaz A Nikka, Controller of Examinations, Prof Parveen Pandit, Project Advisor Prof N A Nadeem, senior faculty members, experts, heads and representatives of different fields were present.
Vice Chancellor Prof Mehraj ud Din Mir said that CUK has the distinction of bagging the DIC project and has started diploma programmes in Kashmir craft designing, herbal medicine and aroma technology, food production and processing, design and dressmaking.
“The objectives of DIC are to promote idea of innovation and preserve the cultural heritage of the State, adding the project also aims to facilitate interdisciplinary education, research and entrepreneurial activities in order to create commercial opportunities and building partnership between academia and industry,” he said.
DIC is a project which has been given by Ministry of Human Resource Development to the Central University of Kashmir along with 19 other universities in India.
Prof Nadeem on the occasion gave a detailed presentation highlighting the functioning of DIC and its future programmes. “A total of 140 students have been admitted in four diploma programmes operating from the Green Campus of the varsity, GDCs Budgam, Magam, Baramulla, Anantnag, Ganderbal Islamia College of Science and Commerce, Indian Institute of Hotel Management, and Government Polytechnic for Women,” he said.
He further said that a total of 11 research projects are in hand with DIC (four senior research project fellows and 7 junior research project fellows). Prof Nadeem said that patents for “Carpet Weaving Skill training language” have already been filed while as for Paper Machie interior decoration, the same is under process. He said the DIC is contemplating to launch short duration courses in art and drawing, calligraphy, web designing, I-pod Sufi Music, Cinematography, and Animation.
Prof Ashok Aima and Prof Javed Musarrat complimented CUK for getting the DIC project and said that full emphasis should be made on field training of the students. “The factories should become the classrooms for the students receiving admission in DIC project,” they said. They also underscored the need of having strong linkages with institutions promoting entrepreneurship in Jammu and Kashmir.
Former Director General Tourism, and Chairman INTACH, Saleem Begh, also hailed the varsity for receiving the project. He asked the varsity to identify and revive the traditional system of medicines in Kashmir.
Registrar and Director DIC, Prof Fayaz A Nikka assured full support and cooperation of the faculty and administrative staff for making the project a success. He said that several meetings of course coordinators, spoke heads, academic counsellors and skill instructors have already been taken from time to time to review the progress of the project. He also took agenda items, which were discussed threadbare by the participants in both meetings. Various decisions about the DIC were also taken on the occasion.
Director IICT and CDI, Zubair Ahmad, Chairperson SSM Group of Institutions, Dilafroz Qazi, Dr Abdul Sami Shawl and Dean School of Science, Prof Afzal Zargar also spoke on the occasion.