Valedictory function of the three week long General Orientation Course was organized by the UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, University of Kashmir on Tuesday.
It was presided over by Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir whereas Prof. Mushtaq A. Siddiqi, Vice-Chancellor, IUST was the Guest of Honour on this occasion. Course was attended by 42 newly appointed Assistant Professors of various colleges and universities of the J&K state belonging to diverse streams of Sciences, Social Sciences, Education, Arts, Humanities, Commerce, Management and Law.
In his presidential address, Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir emphasized that the University of Kashmir is on the forefront of academics and we are taking all possible measures to enhance our academic and research competencies.
He stated that the Kashmir University has recently signed a Memorandum-of-Understanding with Montana Tech University, USA and efforts are on to connect this University with other world class universities and institutes of higher learning across the globe with a view to provide students, scholars and faculty members an opportunity to interact and learn from each other.
Prof. Talat emphasized upon the need to change and transform teachers as well as teaching pedagogies in accordance with changing paradigms of higher education so that they can keep pace with fast changing trends of the contemporary times.
Prof. Mushtaq A. Siddiqi, Vice-Chancellor, IUST, Awantipur in his interaction with the participants of the course highlighted the impact of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data science, machine learning, block-chain revolution etc on higher education systems.
In his address Prof. Shabir Ahmad Bhat, Director, HRDC elaborated upon the aims and objectives and various innovations adopted in the design and conduct of the course.
Course Coordinator, Dr. Mohammad Ishaq Geer conducted the proceedings of the valedictory session and proposed the vote of thanks.