The 5th Meeting of the Court of Central University of Kashmir (CUK) was held at SK International Convention Centre (SKICC) on Monday with varsity’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din in chair.
The public relations officer of the varsity said Chancellor, Lt. Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain, who was scheduled to chair the meeting couldn’t make it due to inclement weather conditions. However, the Chancellor conveyed his message to the participants through phone at the commencement of the meeting. In view of the absence of the Chancellor, the Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nikka, requested the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, to chair the meeting, as per the university Act.
The meeting was among others attended by Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad Siddiqui, Vice-Chancellor, SK University of Agriculture Science and Technology, (SKUAST), Prof. Nazir Ahmad Khan, Vice-Chancellor, Cluster University Srinagar, Prof. Sheikh Javid, Director National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar, Prof. Rakesh Sehgal, Director, SK Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, Dr. A G Ahangar, Prof. A H Mir NIT Srinagar, Registrar, CUK, Prof. Fayaz A Nikka, Controller of Examinations, Prof. Parveen Pandit, Deans of Schools, Heads and Coordinators of Departments and senior functionaries of the varsity.
Addressing the participants through phone, Chancellor, Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain said that his interest in the affairs of the university would always remain intact. “We have been through challenging times from the last one year, especially from the last past months, which has impacted the academics in Jammu and Kashmir. However, I compliment all the academic institutions of the Jammu and Kashmir for continuing to strive towards the academic excellence,” Chancellor said. He said that despite several obstacles, the academicians are making all possible efforts to overcome them adding that the coming period will ease out all the difficulties.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir gave a detailed account about the functioning of the university vis-à-vis academics and infrastructure. He said that university has different Statutory bodies, adding that these bodies have representation from the varsity, and other relevant stakeholders. He said that at present the CUK has Nine Schools of Study running 44 programmes. Prof. Mir said the university has faculty from across the country. He said the admissions to most of the programmes are made through CUCET and wherever the need is felt the admissions are made by the university, adding that the intake capacity of almost all the departments are filled. CUK VC said the teaching learning process and examinations are completed within the stipulated time. Prof. Mir said the number of scholars at present is 225, adding that almost all the post-doc scholars are attracted towards the CUK. He said the students of the university have won accolades in different fields, bringing laurels to the varsity and mentioned about the participation of five students of the Department of Law in the moot court competition held in Nuremberg Germany. Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said the university is making steady progress on infrastructure front, adding that the varsity is at present functioning from multiple campuses in Ganderbal district.
Addressing the gathering, Prof. Talat Ahmad, Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad Siddiqui, Prof. Nazir Ahmad Khan, Prof. Sheikh Javid, Prof. Rakesh Sehgal and Dr. A G Ahangar underscored the need for common sharing of resources and joint collaborations in the field of academics and research. They complimented the CUK for marching ahead on the academics front despite several impediments. They hailed the Vice Chancellor and administration for meeting challenges of times and managing the affairs of the varsity in the best possible manner.
Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nikka took up the agenda items wherein the Annual Report and Audited Annual Accounts and budget estimates were endorsed by the Court. The Court also vested powers with the CUK VC for taking appropriate decisions in respect of certain agenda items. Prof Nikka also made a presentation about the functioning of DIC project run by the university.
During the course of business transaction, Deans of various Schools, Controller of Examination, Deputy DSW and Assistant Librarian made PPTs highlighting the achievements of their respective departments.
The meeting was also attended by student representatives and alumni members. Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nikka proposed the vote of thanks in the end.