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LG chairs 81st Kashmir University Council meet

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Calls on academia to identify challenges & prepare plan for implementation of NEP, making Higher Education more effective & vibrant

Dedicated research should be done to address Drug de-addiction & improving mental health of people: LG

(Asian News Hub) – Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, today chaired the 81st Kashmir University Council meet, at Raj Bhavan Jammu.

The Lt Governor, who is the Chancellor of the University, sought a detailed report on the activities and various initiatives taken by the University of Kashmir and advised the University authorities to take comprehensive measures for strengthening the academic and research environment in the University.

Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding the initiatives and achievements of the University, highlighting various administrative, academic, financial, and examination related reforms and research breakthroughs made by the University. He apprised the chair about new programs introduced, research and extension activities, collaborations and linkages with universities around the world, recent research collaborations, and MoUs signed.

Achievements of Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Innovations (CIRI) and Centre of Excellence for Glaciological Research were also highlighted during the meeting, besides IT Initiatives, ICT related activities, Innovation and Incubation Facilities, Extension and Outreach programs, and Infrastructure Development and Up gradation.

The Lt Governor called on academia to identify the challenges in the implementation of NEP 2020 and prepare a plan accordingly, thus making the Higher Education sector effective, result-oriented, and more vibrant.

The Lt Governor asked the University Administration to prepare a roadmap to bring in qualitative improvement in the overall functioning of the University, strengthening the research ecosystem, besides upgradation of infrastructural facilities and various academic & research programmes on varied subjects, with special focus on most recent advancements.

The Lt Governor observed that best methods of teaching should be adopted along with the regular capacity building of teaching faculties of the university campuses, incorporating students’ feedback and making qualitative improvement in the assessment of the students’ feedback system for evaluating the performances of individual teachers.

Laying special emphasis on research work and counseling for addressing Drug de-addiction and improving mental health, the Lt Governor called for dedicated academic inputs and devising programs for the same.

On the training of workforce in tourism sector, the Lt Governor called for imparting tourism & hospitality based training & research in the University. He further asked for Inter/Intra UT/State Student-Teacher exchange program for handholding of new Universities, spreading awareness and publicity of startups for increasing the startup culture and creating industry linkage of academia, besides imparting skill-based training to local youth to meet the requirements of skilled workforce.

The Lt Governor stressed optimum utilization of all available ICT technology-based teaching programmes and updating of e-learning and other teaching tools to connect the students and Faculty with the enhanced educational resource platforms.

He called for promoting excellence in teaching, research, and extension activities, strengthening technical education, optimum utilization of University’s resources, and advised for evolving best practices for maintaining transparency in all student-related matters.

He further asked the University authorities to lay special focus on capacity building, job oriented and skill development courses for the students to meet the modern-day requirements.

He congratulated the faculty and students for receiving grants of International Fellowships, Awards, and Scholarships.

The meeting was attended by Sh. Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor; Sh. Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance department;  Prof. Manoj Kumar Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu; Prof. Bechan Lal, Vice-Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu; Sh. Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; Sh. Talat Parvez Rohella, Commissioner/ Secretary, Higher Education; Chancellor’s Nominees- Prof. Shamim Ahmad Shah, Prof. Showkat Ahmad Shah, Dr. Fehmeeda Hilal, Dr. Manzoor Ahmad; Dr. Tariq Ahmad Bhat, Prof. Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Dr. Shimla, Dr. Nissar Ahmed Mir, Registrar, KU and other senior officers.

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Two tipper drivers crushed to death in Baramulla

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Srinagar, Aug 09: Two tipper drivers were crushed to death after coming under falling stones at a stone quarry in Drangbal area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district this afternoon, official sources told GNS.

Also Read: MeT forecasts mainly dry weather in J&K for 24 hrs

They said that the duo was near the stone quarry when several stones fell over them, resulting in their on-spot death.

The deceased duo has been identified as Hilal Ahmad and Zaffar Ahmad Gojri.

Confirming the incident, a police official told GNS that a police team was on spot to collect more details.

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MeT forecasts mainly dry weather in J&K for 24 hrs

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Srinagar, Aug 09: Weatherman has forecasted mainly dry weather with possibility of isolated light rain and thunderstorm over Jammu and Kashmir in next 24 hours.

Also Read: Youm-e-Ashura | Restrictions will be on some traffic routes of Sgr due to huge gathering in rallies: Sgr Police

A meteorological department official here said that in the last 24 hours till 0830 hours, Bhaderwah received 8.1 mm of rain followed Pahalgam with 5.6 mm, Gulmarg 2.8 mm while Srinagar had traces of it.

Regarding minimum temperature, he said, there was increase in mercury at most places in Kashmir and Jammu division.

Srinagar, he said, recorded a low of 20.3°C against 19.8°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.7°C above normal during this time of the year for the summer capital.

Qazigund recorded a low of 17.7°C against 19.0°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.2°C above normal there, he told GNS.

Also Read: LG remembers sacrifice of the martyrs of Karbala on the eve of Ashura

In Pahalgam, the mercury settled at 16.0°C against 15.8°C on the previous night and it was 3.0°C above normal for the south Kashmir resort.

Kokernag recorded a low of 17.6°C against 17.3°C on the previous night and it was 1.8°C above normal for the place, he said.

World famous Gulmarg resort recorded a low of 11.0°C against 10.2°C on the previous night. However it was 1.1°C ‘below’ normal for the north Kashmir place.

Kupwara town saw a low of 17.6°C same as recorded on previous night and it was 0.3°C above normal for the place during this time of the season, the official told Global News Service.

Jammu recorded a low of 27.0°C against 26.4°C on the previous night. It was 1.9°C above normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.

Banihal recorded a low of 19.0°C, Batote 19.5°C, Katra 24.6°C, Bhadarwah 18.8°C and Kathua 24.4°C.

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LG remembers sacrifice of the martyrs of Karbala on the eve of Ashura

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Srinagar, Aug 08: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha remembered the sacrifice of the martyrs of Karbala on the eve of Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram.

Also Read: Youm-e-Ashura | Restrictions will be on some traffic routes of Sgr due to huge gathering in rallies: Sgr Police

In his message, the Lt Governor said, martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions has guided the humanity to strive for justice, values and righteousness.

The Lt Governor prayed for peace and prosperity in J&K, and urged the people to be kind, compassionate and work for the needy and underprivileged.

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