Develop roadmap to restore J&K’s ancient glory in education, enhance growth: LG to HEC – Greater Kashmir

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Saturday sought active participation of universities and reputed educational institutions in the successful conduct of the ensuing G20 event in Jammu and Kashmir.
While chairing the 87th meeting of the University Council of the University of Jammu at Raj Bhavan, he further asked the universities to conduct seminars and discussions on G20 conference.
“We are moving ahead with new resolve in the education sector. We have high expectations from the Higher Education Council (HEC) in developing a roadmap to restore the ancient glory of Jammu and Kashmir in the education sector and using knowledge to enhance its growth and development,” observed LG Sinha.
During the meeting, deliberations were held on various agenda items to bring a paradigm shift in overall functioning of the university.
Prof Umesh Rai, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu presented the vision document of the University highlighting the new initiatives for building a culture of Start-ups and innovation, dissolving boundaries evolving education, promoting trans-disciplinary and holistic education, establishing Skill Incubation Innovation  and Entrepreneurship Centre (SIIEC), promoting quality research and education for societal relevance and engagement, introducing new academic programmes, transferring knowledge into action, promoting national integration and sports, alumni or student recognitions, good practices and enhancing global visibility of the University.
The Lieutenant Governor said, “The vision document presented by the Vice Chancellor Jammu University outlines the values and aspirations and it will take the Jammu University to greater heights and realize the ultimate goal of academic excellence.”
He emphasized on outcome assessment and increasing graduate employability. He also called for a study based on the vision document’s objective to assess the impact on economic growth and social progress.
The Lieutenant Governor, who is the Chancellor of the University, also reviewed the measures taken for effective implementation of National Education Policy-2020.
He directed the University administration to ensure that the reservation policy of the UT government was fully implemented. LG Sinha also invited valuable suggestions from the members of the Council for effective and result-oriented execution of the vision document.
A threadbare discussion was held on Digital and Green Initiatives; reforms in examinations; promotion of regional languages, culture, art and heritage; capacity building of faculty; strengthening  Industry-Academia-Society interface; promoting experiential learning; curriculum development as per requirement of the market; hand-holding in skill development and entrepreneurship and future requirements of the University.
Empowering women by way of establishing the ‘Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board’ to promote capacity building, literacy and employment among the young girls, women and developing University of Jammu as a vibrant and thriving hub of cultural and co-curricular activities were also discussed.
The Council further held discussion on a common admission portal for all the universities of the J&K UT; sharing of human resources between universities; 360 degree feedback system; identifying gaps in implementation of NEP-2020; creation of digital database of universities; sharing of resources; adherence to the biometric attendance; Nasha Mukti Abhiyaan etc.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor; Dr Arun Kumar Mehta; Chief Secretary; Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department; Prof Umesh Rai, Vice Chancellor, Jammu University and all the Council Members were present in the meeting.
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