Govt to make two Cluster Universities functional from current academic session
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Govt to make two Cluster Universities functional from current academic session

Setting the ball rolling to make the Cluster Universities functional from the current academic session, the Government today ordered appointment of Vice-Chancellors and Registrars for the two new varsities in the State.

Setting the ball rolling to make the Cluster Universities functional from the current academic session, the Government today ordered appointment of Vice-Chancellors and Registrars for the two new varsities in the State.

As per the orders issued by the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who is the Chancellor of these Universities, Dr Anu Bhasin, Professor, Department of Physics, University of Jammu has been appointed as the Vice Chancellor of the Cluster University Jammu while Dr Sheikh Javid Ahmed, Dean Research at the University of Kashmir has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the Cluster University Kashmir.

Dr Bhasin is a proficient researcher with more than 28 years of experience in Experimental Particle Physics, having mostly worked in four international collaborations EMU01 (Nuclear Emulsion), A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE) at CERN, Geneva; STAR (Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC) at BNL, USA, CBM (Compressed Baryonic Matter) at GSI, Germany and INO (Indian Neutrino Observatory) at Tamil Naidu, India. She has 355 publications in referred and reputed international journals and has the distinction of being an elected member of Management Board (Jan 2017-Dec 2019) of ALICE Experiment, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.

Prof Sheikh Javid studied at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai and obtained his PhD degree in Theoretical Physics in 1987. After several years of post-doctoral studies at some of the leading laboratories of the World, he joined the faculty of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai in 1994. He joined Kashmir University as a Professor in 2003. He has published more than 125 papers in the most prestigious journals and some of his publications are among top cited papers in Nuclear Physics.

The tenure of the Vice-Chancellors of the Cluster Universities shall be for a period of five years from the date they assumes office.

In another order, the Chief Minister has ordered appointment of Dr Yaseen Ahmad Shah, Principal S P College, Srinagar as the Registrar of Cluster University, Kashmir and Dr Jatinder Khajuria, Joint Registrar (Finance), University of Jammu as Registrar of Cluster University, Jammu.

With the establishment of two Cluster Universities, the total number of Universities in the State has gone up to 11 including two Central Universities, University of Kashmir, University of Jammu, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University Rajouri, Mata Vaishno Devi University Katra, SKUAST Kashmir and SKUAST Jammu.

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