Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor, Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha Saturday said the government is making strenuous efforts to improve the programmes offered in the institutions of higher learning as we are heading towards an era dominated by the knowledge economy.
“Our biggest and strongest asset has to be the human capital, combination of talent, skill, and creativity,” Manoj Sinha, said in his presidential address after releasing the book “’Analysis of Accreditation Reports of Union Territories-Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh,” by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) during a function organised by NAAC in collaboration with the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Ganderbal, at SKICC here, as per a varsity handout received by GNS.
Manoj Sinha, also underscored the need of incorporating students’ feedback to create conducive environment for learning and innovation. “Our aim is to empower students with technical and social skills to develop entrepreneurial thinking. The government is consistently reforming the educational set up with new tools to produce required skill sets,” he further said. He termed the Assessment and Accreditation as important factor to maintain the quality education in institutions of higher learning and said, the publication will work as an intelligent assistant for academicians, Vice-Chancellors, Professors and students and other stakeholders.
“Future belongs to students and teachers who can realize their full potential and adapt to changing requirements”, he said. He also emphasized to lay special focus on various aspects of the modern education system including introduction of interdisciplinary & short-term courses; promoting student-diversity, research & innovation, student mentoring, besides strengthening Academia-Industry connect and continuously upgrading of skill sets to develop youth into a multi-skilled human capital.
On the occasion, the Lt Governor congratulated the authorities, faculty members, and students of Universities of Kashmir and Jammu for securing A+ grade. He called for doubling the efforts on part of the J&K varsities to improve their standings in NIRF and other ranking frameworks.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, said that NAAC has played a vital and pivotal role in the improvement of quality teaching, learning and research and innovation in various educational institutions of the country. He said majority of the participants in the function have been associated with the NAAC in their endeavors to assess and accredit the educational institutions functioning across the length and breadth of India.
He said the Jammu and Kashmir is the only place in the country wherein majority of the institutions of higher learning have been accredited by the Council and the Central University of Kashmir is one among them. About the Central University of Kashmir, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said, the varsity was established alongside 15 other Central Universities in the year 2009 by an Act of Parliament.
“The university has come a long way after launching three Post-Graduate programmes as at present the university is offering 35 programmes including Post Graduate, Undergraduate, Five Year Integrated Programmes, B.Voc, PG Diploma, and Research programmes, through 16 Departments, managed under nine School of Studies,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said, adding the varsity has strictly adhered to the both academic and examination calendars despite facing tough situations including the 2014 floods. Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said the university has been successful in providing online teaching classes to the students after the Covid-19 pandemic and has also been able to conduct the offline examinations, declaring results within the stipulated time.
He said the faculty members have been appointed from across India, adding the faculty comprise a blend of seniors and youngsters. Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said the university is at present functioning from multiple campuses in Ganderbal district, including at its designated Tulmulla Campus, adding the work on infrastructure development is continuing on the 503 acres of land. Prof Mehraj ud Din Mir added that the State functionaries recently allotted additional 100 kanals of land.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, Vice Chancellors of Universities, Directors of Institutions and Colleges, Senior Government Officials, Deans of Schools of CUK and Principals of Colleges were also present on the occasion.
Director NAAC, Prof. S C Sharma, in his message, said, the NAAC conducts assessment and accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) including colleges, universities or other recognised institutions to derive an understanding of the ‘Quality Status’ of the institution. “NAAC evaluates the institutions for its conformance to the standards of quality in terms of its performance related to the educational processes and outcomes, curriculum coverage, teaching-learning processes, faculty, research, infrastructure, learning resources, organisation, governance, financial well being and student services,” he added.
Speaking about the Book, road ahead and State Specific recommendations, Advisor, NAAC, Prof. Amiya Kumar Rath and academic expert Dr. S Srikanta Swamy, remarked that the State wise and region wise analysis of the accreditation reports are invaluable not only to understand the State level scenarios of quality assurance in higher education, but also help the senior functionaries, universities and colleges to plan their future activities regarding quality assurance and enhancement, based on the analysis. “The analysis of the accreditation report of the Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, may throw some light on continuous development of higher educational institutions in terms of many quality related criteria and the issues and challenges. It will also motivate the non-accredited institutions to come forward for accreditation,” they added.
Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, who, conducted the programme proceedings welcomed all the dignitaries and gave the detailed programme overview and said the book release function would be followed by two-day NAAC Assessors Orientation Programme (AOP), scheduled in the Tulmula Campus of the Central University of Kashmir, on 14th and 15th of September, 2021. Prof. Zargar also spelled out the details about the functioning of the Central University of Kashmir and said the institution has become a preferred choice of students.
Senior Communication & Publication officer, NAAC, Dr. Wahidul Hasan, presented the vote of thanks.