Governor chairs Executive Council meeting of SMVD University
NEW DELHI : The Executive Council of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University met at New Delhi yesterday under the chairmanship of Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, who is Chancellor of the University, and took various policy and other decisions for the future growth of the University.
The Council gave in-principle approval to various infrastructure projects which include construction of new boys and girls hostels, residential quarters for faculty and non-teaching staff, sewage treatment plant, water treatment plant and other works. The Governor directed that these works and future constructions in the University Campus should be in complete harmony with the approved Master Plan of the University. Regarding the need for revision of the original Master Plan, it was decided that an experienced consultant may be engaged and the revised Master Plan should be presented before the Council for its approval to any change.
The Council deliberated on the intake of students during 2013-14 Academic Session and compared the same with that in the past years. The Vice Chancellor was advised to present a critical analysis of all the existing courses so that the courses which are no longer market relevant could be stopped.
The Council recognized that because the University is a residential institution it will not be in a position to introduce many new courses till such time as additional accommodation is built. In this context, the Vice Chancellor informed that new hostels for boys and girls presently under construction will be completed in time for the Academic Session 2014.
The Council emphasized the importance of introducing suitable modules for imparting moral and philosophical education to the students, in addition to the technical courses they are pursuing, for providing balanced and wholesome education. The Council members opined that the business establishments are attaching great value to such modules for their employees coming out of the universities, in addition to the technical expertise they may possess.
The Council took a number of decisions to streamline admissions, attendance, rationalization of faculties and schools and other academic matters.
On this occasion, the Governor released the inaugural issue of the monthly e-Newsletter of the University “Times@SMVDU”, which shall be available on the University Website (www.smvdu.ac.in).
At the beginning, Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, gave a detailed presentation on the functioning of the University.
Among others the meeting was attended by Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir; Prof. M. P. S. Ishar, Vice Chancellor, Jammu University; Mr. R. S. Pawar, Chairman, NIIT Ltd; Mr. R. P. Agrawal, former Secretary, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development; Prof. Vinayshil Gautam, and Mr. Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor and CEO of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.