NEW DELHI, Feb 10: 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 here today that every possible support will be offered to promote “Administrative Studies” in Jammu.
As a first step in this direction, on the intervention of Dr Jitendra Singh, an MoU was finalized today between Central University, Jammu and the prestigious Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad. The MoU was signed in the presence of Prof. Ashok Aima, Vice-Chancellor, Central University and R. Habib Khwaja, retired IAS, Director General ASCI, Hyderabad, who was accompanied by Prof. M. Chandrasekhar, Prof. Dr. Ashita and Registrar Kalyan K. Roy and other members of ASCI faculty. Union Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), B.P. Sharma was also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said, at a time of global exposure when emphasis is on citizen-centric governance, the need of the hour is to have an exclusive department where education in governance and administration can be imparted in an institutionalized manner through a faculty with diverse experience from different parts of the country and abroad. The MoU signed today, he hoped, will enable supplementary exchange of inputs between a leading institution in administrative studies and the upcoming Central University of Jammu.
On behalf of DoPT, Dr Jitendra Singh said, all kind of assistance will be available for value addition in the curriculum and also mentioned the recent holding of National Workshop on Governance in November last year at Jammu by the Union Ministry of Personnel, under the aegis of Central University, Jammu.
For any upcoming institution of education or university today, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it is imperative to earn visibility and identity through exclusive courses of learning and research oriented faculty. In this context, he also mentioned the support offered by him to set up a Department of Space Technology in Central University Jammu, for which he said, Dr K. Radhakrishnan eminent scientist and former Chairman ISRO has agreed to be the Advisor.
Prof. Aima expressed profuse gratitude to Dr Jitendra Singh for his regular support to set up and improve the academic departments in the Institution. He also referred to a proposal sent to DoPT by Central University Jammu for help in setting up an exclusive department for governance education. He also referred to the holding of a “Youth Sammelan” last week which was arranged by Dr Jitendra Singh through the Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. He said, the University will certainly come up to the expectations of people and would set up one of the best departments for studies in governance and administration.
Habib Khwaja, DG ASCI, appreciated the imitative taken by Dr Jitendra Singh and assured that ASCI, being a leading institute in administrative studies, will do its best to establish a similar set up even in the Central University of Jammu.