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KU to launch AMS soon



KU to launch AMS soon

Prof Talat chairs meeting of top officers, IT professionals to finalise rollout plan 

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Vice-Chancellor of University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad on Thursday chaired a meeting of top varsity officers to finalise the implementation of the newly-developed Administration Management System (AMS).

The AMS, designed and developed by the varsity’s Directorate of Information Technology and Support System, aims to consolidate data pertaining to employees, departments, and positions while facilitating online submission of proposals and approvals thereof.

The AMS, Prof Talat said, was the need of the hour to further boost the efficiency of the university system.

“The more we facilitate the introduction of technology into our systems of governance and functioning, the better the results and outcome would be,” he said, asserting that the AMS modules include HR Management, Leave, Budget, Salary, Attendance, and e-Notes.

The Vice-Chancellor directed the early processing and import of data from various administrative and academic sources into the AMS to enable its timely implementation.

Currently, the data from sources like Salary, Budget, and DIQA has already been processed and imported into AMS.

The Directorate of IT and SS has also developed the KU Accounts Management System (KUAMS) to deal with all accounts and budget-related activities through the e-governance application.

KU Registrar Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir said the AMS as well as the KUAMS—apart from its existing modules—will have a scope for inclusion of more modules as per the needs and requirements of the university system.

“This IT-enabled system will be user-friendly and further enhance decision-making, disposal of cases, the release of payments and sanctioning of leaves, etc.,” he said.

He said offices in the Registry will be directed to ensure timely implementation of the AMS for the welfare of all stakeholders of the university.

In-charge Director IT and SS Dr Maroof Naieem Qadri and his team of IT professionals gave detailed power-point presentations about the AMS and KUAMS.

Qadri said the new applications were ready to be launched soon after all data from relevant sources is processed and imported into the new applications after proper validations.

Pertinently, the Directorate has so far successfully launched a number of applications, which, among others, include File Tracking System, Hostel Management System, KU e-Recruitment System, KU Department Inventory Management System, Dean Research Budget Management System, Android App, and KU Content Management System for Departments/Centres/Offices.

The Thursday’s meeting, among others, was attended by Dean Academic Affairs Prof Akbar Masood, Dean Research Prof Shakil A Romshoo, Director DIQA Prof Anwar Hassan, Special Secretary to VC Dr Tanveer A Shah, Joint Registrar Budget Dr Ashfaq A Zarri, Joint Registrars, Deputy Registrars and several other officers of the University Administration.


Nobel laureate economist Prof Yunus to address Kashmir students



Prof Yunus to address Kashmir students

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Srinagar, Feb 9: Nobel laureate economist and World-renowned microfinance banker Prof Muhammad Yunus will address Kashmir students, academicians, and entrepreneurs in an online programme on March 11 at 3.30 pm.

To discuss the post-COVID19 innovation and growth model, Prof Yunus will be the lead participant in a fireside chat on ‘Rethinking Innovation and Growth Models in Post-COVID19 World’ organised by IIED Centre of NIT Srinagar in collaboration with School of Management, Zhejiang University and Yonus Centre, Dhaka.

“We are happy that Yunus Sahab agreed to participate. His few words could be boon for students. I believe we all – students and faculty – will benefit,” said Prof Saad Parvez, Head of Innovation Incubation & Entrepreneurship Development (IIED) Centre of NIT Srinagar.

Prof Parvez, who is also the convenor of the programme, said besides NIT, students from the Higher Education Department and other institutions will also be able to participate in the event.

As the pandemic has wreaked havoc on nearly all business, economic, education, health, and social sectors, there is huge policy cry to ‘rethink’ the existing business and innovation models around the world. Prof Yunus is one such voice advocating to redesign and rethink the existing growth models.

Prof Yunus is considered the father of both social business and microcredit. He is the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh.

Prof Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

In 2012, the Fortune Magazine named Prof Yunus as ‘One of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time’ for his constant innovation and enterprise.

He is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. He has also appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, Newsweek, and Forbes Magazine.

Chief discussant for the event will be Prof Xiaobo Wu of Zhejiang University, China. He is director of the National Institute for Innovation Management and Zhejiang University—Cambridge University Joint Research Centre for Global Manufacturing and Innovation Management.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, who works as an Innovation Researcher with the Zhejiang University, China. Hailing from Kupwara, Dr Fayaz holds a PhD in innovation studies from the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Dr Fayaz thanked Talat Parvez Rohella, Commissioner Secretary to Government, Department of Higher Education, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Director of NIT -Srinagar, Prof Rakesh Sehgal, Dean School of Management, Zhejiang University, Yonus Centre Dhaka for helping facilitate this event. He also thanked STC- Srinagar and Raheem Greens for agreeing to offer the technical support for the session

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Kashmir’s local e-marketplace Jhelum Cart launches app



Jhelum Cart launches app

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Srinagar, Feb 3: With an aim to provide a foolproof online marketplace like Amazon or Flipkart, Jhelum Cart – a Srinagar-based e-commerce website – launched its app here at Aksa Mall.

The e-venture is founded by a trio of friends, Ahmed Nabeel, Naveed Qadir Wani and Arif Ahmed Najar.

“The e-marketplace aims to provide a foolproof e-commerce platform, safe and enjoyable for both buyers and sellers with themes to achieve efficiency, user-friendliness and empowerment,” said co-founder Ahmed Nabeel, presented the idea of Jhelum Cart at the inaugural function.

Nabeel toured the audience through the inception of the venture and the reasons which led him and his friends to crystallize their ideas.

“We tend to complain a lot about the lack of opportunities; however, we do not take necessary steps to create ones for ourselves and our fellow people in Kashmir, so we took a leap in the area where we found a lot of scope of doing work,” he said.

While explaining the working of the application, Nabeel said, “The interface of the application is very user-friendly which was designed while keeping in view the ease of buyers and sellers”.

It has kept the internet restraints in consideration for persistent working in Kashmir, “Since e-commerce hasn’t thrived much in the Valley because of the internet restrictions, we have made the application 2G compatible. We have designed our application on sellers model while giving two separate applications for buyers and for sellers,” he added.

The application which has WhatsApp integration also provides real-time notifications to buyers, every time a seller uploads a new product, they [buyers] have followed too. The application also provides a unique opportunity of bargaining which most other E-commerce websites do not provide, he said.

The application provides sellers with tutorial sessions on the usage of the seller dashboard to upload and manage their inventory. The application gives sellers a scope to target local, national and international customers delivering products in one day time within Srinagar area.

About 50 sellers have signed up with Jhelum Cart so far. Some of their major sellers include Kohli Brothers, Cash N Carry, Bestseller Bookstore, Shoe Universe, Black Bough, Gladsome, Apple Valley, Black Burn, Royal Life and others.

The launch was attended by local entrepreneurs, journalists and young business enthusiasts.

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10-day training on role of nanotech in agriculture commences at SKUAST-K



Training on role of nanotech in agriculture

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Srinagar, Feb 3: With an aim to enhance higher-order professional skills of the students, a 10-day training programme on ‘Role of Nanotechnology in Modern Agriculture’ commenced at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir.

The training has been organised by the university’s Division of Plant Pathology, Faculty of Horticulture under the World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) for the institutional development of SKUAST-K.

About 250 students and scholars from 23 agricultural universities and other institutions from across the country are participating in the training. Participants were chosen from 600 applicants.

More than 20 nanotechnology experts including five renowned international academicians will be delivering the lecturers and conducting the training covering a wide range of topics in the broader realm of nanotechnology.

Director Education and Dean Faculty of Fisheries, Prof MH Balkhi, who was the chief guest at the inaugural function, while lauding the organizers for conducting the training on nanotechnology which is most relevant in the present times, said it should be used for the benefit of humanity.

He said nanotechnology should help the farmers in reducing the use of problematic pesticides as rampant use of chemical pesticides has harmed human health and imbalanced the ecology. Therefore, the focus should be on efficient nano-pesticides, which are safe for human life and the environment, he added.

Director Planning and Principal Investigator IDP-NAHEP for SKUAST-K, Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai said such skill trainings are important for shaping the students of the university for the future. He said the earlier thrust of the students was on the public sector employment but those jobs have squeezed now. Presently, it is all knowledge-based economy and students have to compete in the private sector which is driven by the 4th generation industrial revolution, he said.

“To compete in the knowledge economy, students need to have higher-order professional skills in nanotechnology, automation, artificial intelligence, block chain etc.,” Ganai said, adding, “Agriculture is a thriving sector with a lot of innovation opportunities from the farm up to when the food reaches a mouth and nanotechnology has an important role to play in it all.”

Head Division of Plant Pathology, Prof Nisar Ahmad Khan talked in detail about the role of nanotechnology in modern agriculture. Prof Tariq Ahmad Shah in his welcome address provided a detailed overview of the 10-day programme.

Dr Tariq A Sofi presented the vote of thanks. Dr MD Shah, Dr Mushtaq A Bhat, Dr Afaq Hamid of Plant Pathology and Dr Shabir Ahmad Bangroo of Soil Sciences, besides a number of faculty members and students, participated in the inaugural function.

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