Design and Innovation Centre (DIC) of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Thursday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), through its Srinagar chapter, here and decided to mutually share the expertise and facilities of both institutions for the benefit of students.
A statement of CUK issued here said that CUK Vice Chancellor Prof Mehrajuddin Mir and ICSI President, C S Ashish Garg signed the MoU in the presence of A K Srivastava, Director Student Services, Registrar, Prof M Afzal Zargar, Director DIC and Finance Officer, Prof Fayaz A Nikka, AROC Srinagar, Hamid Bukhari and Chairperson ICSI Srinagar Chapter Yamina Almas.
It said that speaking on the occasion Prof Mehrajuddin Mir asked both the DIC and ICSI to implement the MoU in letter and spirit and work with synergy and dedication for it.
“By joining hands, both institutions will be able to share the facilities of teaching-learning, organise joint academic activities including workshops and seminars and conduct research on the dying art and craft of Kashmir,” he said in the statement. “The DIC was the prestigious project bagged by the varsity, whose mandate was to inculcate the skill-based training among the youth in the diverse art forms, which are nearing extinction.”
He assured the Srinagar chapter of ICSI of full support from the varsity for its future endeavours.
The statement said addressing the gathering, ICSI President C S Ashish Garg said that by signing the MoU with CUK, the number of CS professionals in the Valley would increase manifold.
He said the ICSI had till date signed MoUs with 15 IIMs and recently inked a pact with J&K government. C S Ashish Garg said that in order to attract the students, the institution was offering a 100 percent fee waiver for those interested in the CS programme. He hailed the members of Srinagar chapter for working hard on the MoU.
The statement said Registrar Prof M Afzal Zargar congratulated both the DIC and ICSI for the MoU and said the collaboration of the institution was the need of the hour.
He said that during contemporary times, the institutions cannot work in isolation and have to utilise the resources, both human and material, in order to accomplish their goals.
The statement said Director Student Services, A K Srivastava, described the signing of MoU as a historical moment and said the pact would open doors and vistas of opportunities for the students aspiring to take up the CS as a career.
It said Director DIC and Finance Officer, CUK, Prof Fayaz A Nikka said that by integration and collaboration, the students of both the CUK and ICSI would be able to optimally capitalise the facilities existing in the institutions.
The statement said quoted Prof Nikka as saying that under the DIC, the university was planning to start more skill development courses, some of which would be partnered with the ICSI.
It said AROC Srinagar, Hamid Bukhari in his speech underscored the need of appointing Company Secretaries in the corporates and Public Sector Undertakings while as the first CS of the Kashmir, Rafiqi elaborated on the tremendous scope of the field.
CS Iqra Riyaz conducted the programme proceedings while Gowhar Baba proposed the vote of thanks.