SRINAGAR, Aug 11: Commissioner/Secretary to Government, Higher Education Department, Talat Pervez Rohella and Vice-Chancellor University of Kashmir, Prof Talat Ahmad today stressed that it was important to educate all the stakeholders about the new initiatives being taken in the higher education sector, especially the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
Interacting with members of the Higher Education Department’s Editorial Board and other concerned officers of the University of Jammu and the University of Kashmir, Mr Rohella called for publication of a “highly-informative” newsletter which would highlight, among other achievements, the best practices in vogue in all higher education institutions in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the initiatives being taken vis-à-vis implementation of the NEP-2020.
“J&K’s Higher Education Department is into a lot of academic and research activities across its institutions. Let all this be highlighted among the stakeholders to let them know what all initiatives are being taken for the welfare of the students, researchers and teachers,” Mr Rohella said, ordering constitution of a five-member team of academics and researchers to finalise the modalities and framework for the proposed newsletter.
“Let there be a chapter in the newsletter on the NEP, a chapter on environment, a chapter on best practices in vogue, a chapter on skill development. It must include everything that the Higher Education Department is about,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Talat Ahmad said the newsletter was a “very good initiative.” “It is important that people know what the universities and colleges in Jammu and Kashmir are doing vis-à-vis academics, research, infrastructure building and future plans. We publish research papers but not everyone knows about it. So this (newsletter) can be a base for this activity and showcase all the developments happening in different institutions, including the support that colleges get from universities or vice-versa,” he said.
The meeting, among others, was attended by Prof Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Sangmi, Dean, College Development Council, KU; Prof Yasin Ahmad Shah, Director Colleges; Prof Anwar Hassan, Director DIQA, KU; Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir, Registrar, KU; Prof Yasmin Ashai, Nodal Principal, Kashmir division; Prof RK Tikoo, Nodal Principal Jammu division and others. The Jammu-based officers attended the meeting via video-conferencing.