Jammu, Dec 05: Calling upon the academicians to work hard for taking University of Jammu to the pinnacles of excellence, The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that faculty and research are the two crucial components of achieving excellence.
“Challenges have increased manifold, especially in the wake of the outreach of the campuses across the Jammu region”, the Union Minister said while addressing the high level meeting of the Deans, Directors, Heads of various departments and Campuses and Officers of the University of Jammu here this morning.
Prof. R. D. Sharma, Vice- Chancellor University of Jammu was also present on the occasion.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that the academicians had a challenging role in maintaining pace with fast changing academic advancements and also to satiate the needs of the student community. “We must not overlook or undermine the fact that the growth of the present generation of students is faster than what used to be earlier and therefore the challenges for the academicians are many more”, he added.
Appreciating the academic odyssey of the University of Jammu, the Minister stressed the need for making it more vibrant and student friendly so that the scholars are placed in good stead to face the competitive world with much more confidence. In this context he cited the examples of various varasities of the country especially JNU and said that these have become educational hub because of the environment and the academic standards.
Dr. Singh asked the University to focus on bringing out the latest and quality research in all fields, and develop an educational system that is more compatible with the requirements of a knowledge-based society and also asked for strengthening the existing programmes of study.
He also called for strengthening of the existing mechanism with regard to imparting quality education. “we have to carve out a situation where in our youth will look upon themselves as job creators rather than job seekers”, he maintained.
Responding to the issues raised by the faculty members and heads of various departments, the minister assured that these will be taken up at appropriate level for early redressal.
He also hoped that every effort would be made to further improve the working with an avowed objective of benefiting the students and scholars.
Dr. Singh urged the heads of the various departments to focus on promoting research, job creation and preparing the young generation of the country to efficiently meet the requirements of the market, besides being able to compete at the global level in various fields.
Earlier the heads put forth their views and also apprised the Minister about academic activities, research, development and other achievements, ongoing and future projects and plans and different issues of their respective departments including the shortage of space being faced by the University and the various other project which need immediate attention of the Government agencies.
Earlier speaking on the occasion, Prof. R. D. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu gave a brief overview of the major developmental activities going on in the main campus and the offsite campuses of the University of Jammu.
Prof. Archana Kesar, Dean Research Studies and Prof. Keshav Sharma, Registrar, University of Jammu also spoke on the occasion.