Inspects progress of transit camp Wandhama
Ganderbal, Sept 27: The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole Sunday asked district administration Ganderbal to extend its full support for the establishment of permanent Central University of Kashmir (CUK), varsity at Tulmulla here.
The Div Com also directed the heads of the Civil, Electric, Irrigation and Flood Control, Revenue, Jal Shakti, and other departments to provide full support and cooperation to the authorities in the CUK on this.
He said this during his visit to the camps at Tulmulla to review the progress on developmental works and inspect its functioning.
During the visit, the Div Com was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal, Chief Engineers I&FC and JKPDCL besides other concerned.
The establishment of the Central University of Kashmir is a mega and important project as thousands of students from Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the Country will be pursuing their higher education in it.
Our priority should be to extend the fullest support in their endeavour of setting up of the varsity at the permanent campus.
Later, the Div Com while chairing a meeting of the senior officials of all the concerned and allied departments and the university officials regarding the setting up of the university and allotment of land said that, “priority should be to extend fullest support in their endeavour of setting up of the varsity at the permanent campus.
While expressing strong resentment over the delay in work execution, the Div Com said that instead of outside agencies, the university has to seek help and cooperation from the local experts and engineers, well versed with the geography and topography of the area.
He further assured full help from UT Government to strengthen the varsity’s campus development wing and extend help under various government schemes for construction of roads, water supply and electricity. He also assured to provide more land to the varsity and asked DDC Ganderbal to take necessary steps for the same.
The Div Com also asked the university to conduct a fresh survey and prepare a new master plan accordingly, adding that university should now focus on horizontal expansion rather than vertical constructions. He gave on the spot instructions to the departments for road widening, dredging and to remove the encroachment of the land, done by certain individuals and asked the concerned to come up with the Detailed Project Reports immediately. He also assured that the administration will look into the matter of providing additional land for construction of utilities for the university.
Earlier, CUK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj-ud Din Mir gave comprehensive details about the journey of the university since its inception in the year 2009 on both the academic and infrastructure front. He said that despite facing several issues and problems on account of functioning from multiple campuses first in Srinagar district and now in Ganderbal district, the university has made a mark on the academics front and is currently offering 35 Postgraduate, Under Graduate /Five-year Integrated, Research and Diploma programmes, adding that when compared with the institutions established with it, the Central University of Kashmir is marching ahead of them on academics.
However, the Vice-Chancellor expressed anguish over the university’s inability to construct the permanent structures, according to the already drafted and approved master plan at Tulmulla, citing several reasons, especially the low load-bearing capacity of the major chunk of land, transferred by the Government to the university besides, several Executing Agencies including NBCC and NPCC have also failed to adhere to the timelines for constructing of Pre Engineered Buildings, he added.
Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar in his detailed presentation gave information about the progress of establishment of the CUK on the infrastructural front at the designated campus in Tulmulla and the impediments and hiccups faced by the university in this regard.
The Divisional Commissioner along with DDC and senior functionaries in the district administration also inspected the ongoing construction works at the designated site. The chief engineers of various wings assured to extend full support to the university.
Later, Div Com inspected the progress of work on Transit Camp Wandhama, Ganderbal where he was briefed by the Executive Engineer R&B about the layout design and progress of ongoing work on the project.
Darakhshan Andrabi granted MoS status
Srinagar: J&K Waqf Board Chairperson Dr Darakhshan Andrabi has been granted the status of Minister of State (MoS) by the J&K Government.
Andrabi was last month appointed as a member of J&K Waqf Board and later elected chairperson.
“Sanction is hereby accorded to the grant of status equivalent to Minister of State (MoS) in favour of Dr Darakhshan Andrabi, Chairperson, J&K Waqaf Board,” an order issued on Friday by the Principal Secretary, GAD, Manoj Dwivedi reads.
“The Hospitality & Protocol Department shall make necessary insertion in the J&K Warrant of Precedence with the approval of Competent Authority,” it added.
Andrabi recently facilitated a successful meeting between Kashmiri business leaders with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Andrabi is a national executive member of Bhartiya Janta Party and BJP state spokesperson for J&K.
Kashmiri researcher to speak at UNGA Science Summit
Srinagar, Sept 21: Dr Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, a Kashmir-born Innovation Researcher, has been invited to speak at UNGA76’s second Science Summit (United Nations General Assembly UNGA76).
The UNGA Science Summit’s goal is to “increase awareness of science’s significance and contribution to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.” It will showcase efforts that will serve as examples for global science systems and activities supporting the SDGs, notably in the areas of science infrastructure and capacity building.”
Dr Sheikh Fayaz, a Kupwara resident, has been asked to speak at a session on ‘South-South/North Science Capacity Building and Research Collaboration for Advancing the SDGs,’ which will take place on September 22, 2021.
UNGA76 is seen as a unique and prestigious forum for science and development scholars to demonstrate “how policy and political leadership can benefit from innovation”. The second edition of UNGA76, Science Summit, is organized by ISC around the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76) in New York in September 2021.
Dr Sheikh Fayaz is working as a full-time innovation researcher with the School of Management, Zhejiang University, one of the top public universities in China. He works on ‘secondary innovations’ and regional development. Sheikh Fayaz holds his M.Phil and PhD from the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-India.
Prior to joining Zhejiang University, Dr Fayaz was a Visiting Scholar at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal, under European Commission’s Crossing Boundaries Project funded by Marie Curie Actions, International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (2014), School of Management, University of Bradford, England (Oct- Nov 2014) and University of Sussex, London and Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, England, (2017). He is also a member of the Globelics community and is an alumnus of various Globelics innovation academies held in Finland, Kenya and Brazil.
The other speakers for the science summit include some of the world’s leading development practitioners, researchers, scientists, and politicians from different parts of the world. Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, President, International Science Council, George Church from Harvard University Wyss Institute, Dr Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature, UK, Prof. Intisar Soghayroun Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sudan and Dr Marcia McNutt President, National Academy of Sciences, USA, joined the opening plenary session held on September 14, 2021.
Sufi poetry collection ‘Ganji Asrar’ released
Srinagar: A collection of Sufi poetry, ‘Ganji Asrar’, authored by Musadiq Alam, was released on Tuesday at a cultural event in Tagore Hall here.
The event was organised by Angel’s Cultural Academy in association with the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.
The book is a poetry collection of the legendry Sufi poet, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Dar Shutloohi. Dar has served for more than 40 years at Darbari Kashani Shalimar.
‘Ganji Asrar’ has been published by Sultania Book Depot Maisuma and will be available at all leading book shops of J&K.
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