SRINAGAR, May 10: Prof Amitabh Mattoo, Advisor to the Chief Minister, met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan today.
Prof. Mattoo briefed Governor about the initiatives which were underway for advancing the higher educational interests of J&K which included providing scholarships for bright students to study Public Policy for one year in some of the best Universities in USA, Singapore and Australia.
Governor urged Prof. Mattoo to focus on the crucial importance of well-planned initiative being implemented to nurture and advance the aspirations of youth and, side by side, safeguarding the functioning of educational institutions at all levels. He also pointed to the crucial importance of ensuring against the academic schedules of students being recurringly disrupted by unrest and disorder.
Parvez Ahmed, Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Bank also called on Governor and apprised him about the steps initiated by the bank in the past year for expanding its services, increasing its infrastructure and promoting digital economy.
Complimenting the Chairman on the achievements of the bank, Governor re-iterated his concern about the need for the bank to provide targeted financial support to identified segments of the State’s economy, especially under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, and stressed the bank’s high responsibility to play a pivotal role in speeding up the growth and development of the State.
He advised Chairman Parvez Ahmed to consolidate the bank’s functioning on every front and clean up all bad debts.
Dr. Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir also called on Governor and informed him about the functioning of the University.
Governor re-iterated the high importance of ensuring against any deviation from the norm by the Faculty or the students, which vitiates the academic environment and results in eroding the teaching and research programmes, which affects the careers of the students. He stressed the need to ensure strict adherence to discipline and academic accountability and the need for teachers to remain closely connected with youth and guide them effectively.
Manoj Pant, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, J&K briefed Governor about the efforts being made by his department to undertake speedy afforestation in the State.
Governor and Pant discussed issues related to conservation of biodiversity, soil and water conservation and the need to take effective steps for ensuring against environmental pollution. Governor pointed to the need for stepping up the use of the latest techniques and technologies for enhancing and maintaining the forest cover in the State.
Governor also drew the PCCF’s attention to the rapidly growing population of monkeys and the serious requirement of putting a pragmatic action plan in place to deal with this problem.