CUK managing academic affairs successfully amid pandemic: Hasnain

Chancellor, Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain on Wednesday lauded Central University of Kashmir (CUK) authorities for managing the academic affairs successfully amid COVID-19 pandemic during the 6th meeting of the Court of the varsity.

In a statement, the spokesperson said that the 6th meeting of the Court of CUK was held in both offline and online mode with Chancellor, Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain in chair.

Addressing the participants, Chancellor, Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain, said that despite pandemic, the university has been successful in managing the academic affairs and conducting the offline examinations of student at their respective district headquarters across the Jammu and Kashmir and the Vice Chancellor and his whole team need to be applauded for upholding the excellence in academics despite torrid times.

He said that although the university is doing reasonably well in academics but it is always open and welcome to the suggestions and advices from the members of the Court who are great intellectuals and educationists from across the country, for further improvements. Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain further emphasized that  among other things, there is a need of starting comprehensive coaching for the aspirants of Jammu and Kashmir, intending to join civil services and other competitive examinations and Central University need to take action in this regard in addition to the earlier initiatives done by the University in this regard.

Vice Chancellor Prof Mehrajud Din Mir gave a brief resume about the establishment and functioning of the university since its inception from 2009, from multiple campuses in district Srinagar and its subsequent shifting to four different campuses in the Ganderbal district, including the designated campus at Tulmulla. He said the university at present has nine Schools of study comprising 17 departments offering 35 undergraduate post-graduate, research and diploma programmes, adding the number of students and research scholars has also increased manifold. He said university has 11 Professors, six associate professors and 70 assistant professors working on substantive basis, with more than 100 contractual and teaching assistants also adding that additional staff both in teaching and non-teaching is due now. He said curriculum offered by the university is rich and is reviewed after every year through the meetings of Board of Studies and School Boards, adding the student representatives and alumni are also part of such meetings. He said the university has developed novel teaching learning methods in the form of recording lectures by the faculty members and posting them on website and social media, adding that the university compensated the academic loss during the Covid pandemic by holding online lectures and circulating teaching material to the students. He said the university faculty members have received several projects from different agencies, adding the varsity has also bagged the Design and Innovation Centre (DIC) project, through which technical skills are imparted to the youngsters. Prof. Mir said the university students, despite several infrastructural constraints, have brought laurels after participating in local, national and international competitions. He said the university is at present conducting the offline examinations of the students and the centres have been established in all the districts across Jammu and Kashmir.

Later, presentations were made by, Director, Research & Development, Director, IQAC, Deans of Schools, Finance Officer, Controller of Examinations, Project Coordinator/ Director(DIC) and Director ITSS.

The members discussed various agenda items and took important decision in this regard. Registrar, Prof. M AfzalZargar presented the agenda items and also proposed the vote of thanks.