Governor authorizes JU VC to take action

CS-headed committee report on irregularities
Excelsior Correspondent

Governor N N Vohra chairing University Council meeting of JU on Monday.
Governor N N Vohra chairing University Council meeting of JU on Monday.

JAMMU, Apr 23: Governor N N Vohra today authorized Vice-Chancellor of Jammu University, Prof M P Singh Ishar to take all remedial measures/ actions on the recommendations of Chief Secretary-headed Enquiry Committee vis-à-vis allegations of administrative impropriety, favourtism and financial irregularities against former Vice-Chancellor and officers of the Varsity.
Chairing the 72nd meeting of the University Council at Raj Bhawan here this evening, Mr Vohra asked the Vice-Chancellor to take action within his competence on the recommendations of the Chief Secretary headed Enquiry Committee, which was constituted by the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah to look into allegations of various kind of irregularities.
The Governor also advised the Vice Chancellor to ensure that the recommendations/ observations of the committee, which require special approvals, are placed before concerned bodies of the University on a time bound basis and entire report processed without any delay.
Mr Vohra, who is the Chancellor of the Varsity, called upon the Universities of the State to organize short-term vocational courses in tourism and other potential disciplines to enhance employability of the youth in travel trade and varied other employment intensive sectors.
“With the revival and the promotion of tourism in the State the youth having pursued short-term certificate courses could find ready employment avenues”, he said, adding “Universities could also think of organizing other such courses having potential in the emerging job market to benefit the youth of the State”.
Referring to the creation and upgradation of infrastructure facilities at the main campus and the off-site campuses, the Governor said that the construction of students hostels, particularly for girls, need to be given priority attention so the students from remote areas could pursue their academic careers in large numbers.
He underlined the need for micro-focusing on the growth of campuses for continually improving the quality of education to equip youth to compete successfully in the emerging competitive scenario. He also stressed that all the newly coming up buildings must have adequate provision for use of solar energy, harvesting of rain water, fire safety measures and ramps to facilitate physically challenged persons.
The Governor advised the Vice Chancellor to undertake visits to the affiliated Colleges to monitor the facilities and the performance of these institutions, adding that those of the Principals, teachers and the colleges showing outstanding performances could be awarded. Referring to the need for conducting academic audit of educational institutions, he said that such a mechanism can help in harmonious growth of all the institutions of higher learning. He suggested that the various Universities of the State could coordinate in regard to the functioning of their placement cells for the larger benefit of the youth of the State.
Prof MPS Ishar, in his power point presentation, gave details of the academic and extra-curricular achievements of the University. He also dwelt on the efforts being made to improve the existing infrastructure and the initiatives taken in the fields of teaching, and extension activities.
The meeting among others was attended by Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Prof Vinayshil Gautam, Prof R P Tandon, M I Khandey, Principal Secretary, Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor, Tanveer Jehan, Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education and Prof Naresh Padha, Registrar University of Jammu.


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