Jammu: Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday called on academia to identify challenges in the implementation of National Education Policy 2020 and prepare a plan accordingly, making higher education more effective, result oriented and vibrant.
Chairing a meeting of Kashmir University Council at Raj Bhawan here, he asked the KU Administration to prepare a roadmap to bring in qualitative improvement in its overall functioning, strengthening research ecosystem, besides upgradation of infrastructural facilities and various academic and research programmes on varied subjects, with special focus on most recent advancements.
He called for adoption of best methods of teaching along with 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, Lt Governor called for dedicated academic inputs and devising programs for the same.
On the training of workforce in tourism sector, he called for imparting tourism & hospitality based training and 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 also congratulated the faculty and students for receiving grants of International Fellowships, Awards, and Scholarships.
Earlier, Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir gave a power point 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.