SRINAGAR, May 9: Lt. Genl. A.K. Bhatt, GOC XV Corps, met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today and briefed him about the overall security scenario, along the frontiers and in the hinterland.
Governor and Lt. Genl. Bhatt also reviewed the security arrangements for the Shri Amarnathji Yatra. Governor observed that he would be holding the Yatra Security Review Meeting on May 23 with senior most echelons of the Civil, Police, Central Armed Police, Army and State and Central Intelligence Agencies.
Meanwhile, Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor and CEO of the Shrine Board would hold intensive coordination meetings with GOC Victor Force who is responsible for Op SHIVA.
Meanwhile, Krishan Ballabh Agarwal, Financial Commissioner, Housing and Urban Development Department, met Governor.
Agarwal briefed Governor about various ongoing infrastructural development schemes in and around Katra town and about the earlier decision to build a modern Bus Stand and to set up a modern Solid Waste Management Plant at Katra, among various other projects.
Governor observed that if Government wanted to establish a fully planned Katra town, with all required facilities for the pilgrims, it was of utmost importance that all the agencies working in Katra and its surrounding areas must function under a unified command to secure time bound results for improving the civic facilities in the town and upgrading facilities required for the pilgrims.
Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board was present in the meeting.
A four member delegation of Kashmir University Teachers Association led by its President Dr. Muheet Ahmed Butt, also met Governor, Chancellor of the University, at the Raj Bhavan today.
The delegation submitted a memorandum regarding certain important issues concerning the University of Kashmir. These included expediting the selection process of the new Vice-Chancellor and constitution of a committee to monitor performance of Vice-Chancellor on an annual basis; constitution of Student’s Council and Student’s grievance cell; streamlining and strengthening of the existing student feedback mechanism so that apart from taking feedback on teachers and their teaching quality, recommendations about their courses, departments, HoDs and University should also be taken; enhancement in the retirement age of University teachers; time bound disposal of promotion cases of teachers; grant of sufficient number of faculty positions and financial support for development of Institute of Technology, Zakura and addressing various issues relating to development of North and South campuses and satellite campuses of the University; and consider appointment of only academicians on all academic positions in the University.
Governor assured the delegation early consideration of all the issues raised by them and stressed the high responsibility of faculty members, Deans and the Vice-Chancellor to regularly advise and guide the students in regard to their academic and all other problems faced by them, of whatever kind. The teachers must also remain totally devoted to promoting the interests of the University on all fronts and not get drawn into extraneous interests and partisan controversies. He regretted that the institution had been unable to adequately meet the arising challenges for want of will and concerted action.