Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Prof Talat Ahmad Monday vowed to convert satellite campuses in Leh and Kargil into "vibrant knowledge hubs" where students would yearn to pursue their studies and research.
Concluding his four-day extensive tour of Ladakh region to review the functioning of Leh and Kargil campuses, Prof Talat said the university is committed to accomplishing the objectives behind setting-up of these off-site institutions.
"I assure people of this beautiful region that we will make these campuses so vibrant in terms of academics and research that students would yearn to study here. I assure the students that these campuses will have facilities, services and infrastructure more than what we have at the main campus," he said, addressing first-ever annual day celebrations at Kargil satellite campus on Saturday.
The glittering event was, among others, attended by chief executive councilor LAHDC-Kargil Feroz A Khan, other councilors, and top civil and police officers from the district.
Prof Talat said the university would start five-year integrated courses in Earth Sciences (Geology, Geography and Environmental Sciences) with the provision for students to leave the courses after completing the three-year graduation part if they wish to move out for their master's degrees.
He encouraged the faculty members at both campuses to submit research proposals for funding from the union ministry of earth sciences and the union ministry of forests. He announced that "alternative energy" would essentially form part of new courses that the university shall open in its campuses in future, especially in view of its potential in Ladakh region.
During the four-day tour, Prof Talat held detailed deliberations, separately, with faculty, staff and students of both Leh and Kargil campuses, assuring them that all their genuine grievances would be addressed in a time-bound manner.
Earlier, on day-1 of his visit to Leh on November 1, Prof Talat held discussions with renowned education reformist Sonam Wangchukh and a team from Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL) led by Gitanjali JB, on possible academic collaborations. The KU and HIAL last month signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together and coordinate in different areas of study including skill development.
Addressing long-pending demands of undergraduate students from Ladakh region, Prof Talat inaugurated exclusive and dedicated examination sub-offices in Leh and Kargil for timely conduct of examinations and declaration of results.
He also held a meeting with authorities of both Hill Councils to address concerns raised by students and staff about various facilities required at the campuses.
In Kargil, the vice-chancellor held a meeting with Anjuman-e-Jamiat Ul Ulma Asna Asharia madrassa Kargil, where he was received with flower bouquets.
The deputy commissioners and LAHDC authorities in Leh and Kargil assured to provide uninterrupted power and water supply to campuses, as well as transport facility for the convenience of the students.
Rector Leh and Kargil campuses Dr MS Sumbli assured the Vice Chancellor that he would leave no stone unturned to work in a mission mode to help realise the dream of turning these campuses into knowledge hubs. Dr Sumbli informed the VC that work was under progress to put in place different facilities for students and the staff, alongside maintaining a sustained focus on academics and research.
The vice-chancellor was accompanied by Dean Academic Affairs Prof Musadiq Amin Sahaf, Controller of Examinations Prof Farooq A Mir, Special Secretary to VC Dr Tanveer A Shah and Er Burhan Shah, Executive Engineer, University Construction Division.