My dear students,
Greetings to all of you.
At the very outset, let me state that I consider you as the most important stake holders of the BGSBU fraternity. As is enshrined in the vision of the university, you are the architect for tomorrow and not the curator of the past. You are the leaders and by no means the camp followers. This entire region of Pir Panjal and the UT of J&K looks up to you with hopes and aspirations and you have to come up to them. As Vice Chancellor of this prestigious university, I shall make all endeavours to make BGSBU a social catalyst to change the academic landscape of this region. I shall marshall all resources to provide a model of students’ success. Our faculty and staff will provide academic mentorship to every student for timely completion of their academic programmes. The deficiencies, wherever existing, will be identified and redressed effectively and in a timely manner.
Let me state with absolute clarity that in my scheme of things, there is no scope for slackness and dereliction of duty. I made my intentions clear from day one of my taking charge and I firmly believe that adherence to rules, following a well regimented disciplined life, and vigorous pursuit of a well-defined roadmap is the key to success. I would strongly urge my students to follow this mantra if they really wish to make a mark in life. In this highly competitive world, mediocrity has no place and it is only the best who survive. Hence, the university will closely monitor, facilitate, and reward achievers. At the same time, I shall be genuinely concerned with the problems and difficulties being faced by the under-performers and would sincerely lend them a helping hand, but the initiative has to come from their side. As time would tell, these are my firm commitments and unyielding resolve.
The university was established way back in 2002 and became functional in 2005 with the aim to provide quality education and equipping students with the acumen to address both local and global challenges. Within the short span of its existence, the university has achieved remarkable success and continues to march ahead with new initiatives: a modern curriculum, research endeavours, student engagement, professional training, faculty development, meaningful collaborations, initiatives towards establishing state-of-the-art infrastructure, industry partnerships/ internships, to name a few. The aim of all these initiatives is to make discernible transformative changes in tune with the changing national paradigm which may have fruitful bearing on students, faculty, industry and society at large.
The university community subscribes to the fundamental conviction that education is the cornerstone for building strong, resilient and enduring societies. It also instills a spirit of professionalism, social consciousness, and deep sense of civic awareness, all interwoven with a yearning for positive change. It provides multiple opportunities to grow academically, rise intellectually, expand socially, and produce virtuous human beings. In the process, critical thinking is emphasised, teamwork is promoted, technology awareness is instilled. In consonance with NEP-2020, new avenues of knowledge are explored, multi-cultural awareness and empathy are developed, interpersonal competencies are fostered, practical life skills are honed, and ethical practices are encouraged.
Presently, the university is running 62 courses and in a short span has achieved many milestones to its credit. Amongst them, most important is inculcating the culture of research in nationally and globally relevant areas and cutting-edge technologies. Extensive organisation and participation in national and international seminars and workshops, a series of social outreach programmes, initiation of consultancy services, acquiring substantial extramural research grants from R&D agencies, including World Bank TEQIP III grant, has been the hallmark of success in recent times. Recently, NAAC accreditation, despite serious inherent limitations, has opened up new vistas for more developmental projects.
As Vice Chancellor, I am deeply committed to attracting highly devoted faculty and motivated students with the ultimate aim to achieve academic excellence, carry out first-rate research, and render meaningful service to society with outreach programmes. Impetus will be given to introducing new interdisciplinary courses both in STEMM like Biochemistry, Pharmacy, etc., as well as in Social Sciences, in a phased manner. Cutting-edge research areas will benefit from opening of such courses and allow the dissemination of knowledge to the potential stakeholders to create an environment for both faculty and students to make new discoveries. We shall try to increase women’s representation in higher education and research, which is now a global priority and an important cornerstone to provide inclusiveness and gender equality. Being uniquely located geographically, BGSB University has also huge potential for attracting students and faculty interested in courses on Tourism, Horticulture, Biodiversity and the like. The university will soon be making progress in this direction. In our mission to contribute to national development, BGSB University has great potential to acquire the status of a Center of Excellence that hones and produces confident leaders, independent thinkers, and creative entrepreneurs. We shall focus on professional development of our students in order to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to play a leading role in varied sectors.
The university programmes for faculty development shall ensure a dynamic and futuristic environment for teaching and research. The forthcoming support from Government of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, as well as apex grant agencies of the country, is bound to foster the progress and developmental growth of BGSBU in particular and that of Pir Panjal region at large. I am hopeful that with the support of all the stakeholders, this university will achieve its academic and research goals in a short span of time.
I value and welcome diversity of thoughts and unbiased input and am always accessible via email or personal meeting with prior appointment. With the invaluable cooperation and support of all of you, I am confident that BGSBU will achieve new heights of glory to make us all feel proud of its existence.
Prof Akbar Masood