Academic Council meet held
JAMMU, Mar 26: The Central University of Jammu has been allotted three new Departments viz Department of Law, Department of Visual & Performing Arts, and Department of Earth Science.
This was informed by CUJ Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ashok Aima while chairing 11th Academic Council meeting of the University, which was held on the campus.
The CUJ is presently offering 45 courses, which include Ph D courses in 19 Departments and two Centres. The University has also been sanctioned ISRO Space Centre and an MoU in this regard was already signed.
The Vice Chancellor further informed that Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and CUJ will sign an MoU for establishment of DRDO Centre in the University. In this regard, Team of DRDO officials visited the University on Jan 15-16, 2019 wherein it was resolved to establish two verticals namely Computational Systems Security and Sensors. High performance computing facility in the University with 20-25 GPU Grade Server along with high speed networking infrastructure would be established to enable the research work under this vertical. DRDO will support budget for consultancy, logistic support, SRF, JRF, training, workshops, conferences, collaboration with other Academic Institutes etc. Five acres of land was identified for setting up the buildings and supporting infrastructure of the DRDO.
The Academic Council took up various agenda items for discussion and deliberation. It approved certificate course in Indian Mystical Thought & Shaivism. The Council also approved course strength to 50 seats per course excluding supernumerary seats and deliberated on exit option to be offered to students of Integrated M Sc course, reviewed the functioning of some of the Departments and the courses offered by them. The Academic Council also discussed duties and functions of Dean, Research Studies.
Prof Javeed Musarrat, Vice Chancellor, BGSBU Rajouri, was special invitee in the meeting, which was attended by all Deans of Schools and Heads of the Departments. Registrar of the University conducted the proceedings.
Earlier, a high voltage drama was also witnessed on the very outset of the meeting as one of the Academic Council members registered his dissent over the presence of some faculty and staff members, who are not members of the council and hence not authorized to be present there.
Sources said that even some Lower Grade Clerks were also present in the meeting and the same was vociferously pointed out by an Academic Council member. However, the Vice-Chancellor overruled the objection and said that he had discretionary powers to invite anyone in the Academic Council meeting.