UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, University of Kashmir (KU) organised a three-day workshop on community engagement for the participants of 83rd General Orientation Course which started here at KU on Wednesday.
The workshop has been organized in collaboration with Mahatma Gandhi National Council for Rural Education (MGNCRE), Dept. of Higher Education, MHRD, Govt. of India, Hyderabad. An inaugural function of the workshop was held at HRDC that was chaired by the acting Vice-Chancellor, KU Prof. Nilofer Khan and also attended by the faculty member of MGNCRE, Dr. Syed Zahra.
In her presidential address acting Vice-Chancellor, KU, Prof. Nilofer Khan emphasized upon bridging the divide between textual knowledge and contextual practices and healing the rift between higher education and public life.
Prof. Nilofer expressed satisfaction that such workshops will provide practical opportunities to the teachers and students for participation in rural community mobilization, service engagement and empowerment activities in association with trained resident community volunteers. She assured the Director HRDC of all possible help from the University in taking such initiatives forward.
In his inaugural address, Director, UGC-HRDC, KU Prof. Shabir Ahmad Bhat stated that there is a need to move from a model of ‘public service’ where universities do things for ‘passive & needy public’, to one of public work that taps, engages and develops the civic agency, talents and capacities of everyone, inside and outside the institution.
He elaborated that while General Orientation Courses are aimed at capacity building of young and budding college and university teachers, community engagement activities.
Prof. Shabir Ahmad Bhat also declared that the Centre will be conducting more such programs in future in collaboration with MGNCRE with a view to bring benefits for the communities as well as help in the continuous academic development of the University.