The week-long online faculty development program in Cloud Computing, organized by UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, University of Kashmir (KU) concluded here on Saturday.
The program was organised for the faculty members belonging to Computer Science, Engineering and Information Technology streams.
While presiding over the valedictory session of the program, Vice Chancellor (VC), KU Prof Talat Ahmad said the course has been conducted at an appropriate time when due to ongoing lockdown educational institutions were not in a position to function in their regular mode.
He expressed satisfaction over the topics that have been covered and participation of the renowned resource persons from JNU and other universities across the country who delivered lectures during the course.
Applauding the role played by HRDC in conducting a series of online webinars and courses during the coronavirus pandemic, the VC expressed hope that more such programs will be organized in future for the benefit of vast teaching community working from their homes at present.
Prof Ahmad stressed upon the management of UGC-HRDC to conduct more short-term courses in association with University's Inter-disciplinary Centre for enhancing awareness among common masses about locally and socially relevant research activities being carried out by the University.
"Addressing our local environmental and social concerns as well as needs through our consistent research endeavours is our prime responsibility," he said.
The VC urged upon the HRDC management to make their courses all-encompassing for social science, arts and humanities faculties.
Director, UGC-HRDC, Prof Shabir Ahmad Bhat while delivering his valedictory address emphasized upon the need to build capacities of teachers in emerging technologies of the 21st century like Cloud Computing, data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, in order to enable them to update themselves and keep pace with the advancements made in such innovative technologies worldwide.
Prof Bhat said HRDC was contemplating to conduct more such online courses in future which were based on innovative technologies so that teachers remain well apprised about the recent developments.
He said going digital was the mainstay in the field of technology and HRDC will upgrade its digital platform soon in tune with latest technology and trends.
Course Coordinator, Dr Rana Hashmy of Department of Computer Sciences elaborated upon the topics covered and key resource persons engaged during the program.
Dr Hashmy revealed that apart from online lectures, a few demonstrations and hands-on sessions were also included that made the programme interesting for the participants.
She stated that in spite of few technical glitches due to poor connectivity at 2G networks, programme went off well without causing any major disruptions though 4G network would have made it seamless.
Coordinator, UGC-HRDC, Dr Muhammad Ishaq Geer moderated the valedictory session and in his concluding remarks stated that this was the first course fully offered online by the Centre. Dr Geer informed that the Centre was contemplating to conduct all its allotted courses online during the current academic session provided improved internet connectivity becomes available to the Centre.