JU VC says Burhan Wani should have been captured alive

JU Vice-Chancellor Prof RD Sharma holding media interaction on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
JU Vice-Chancellor Prof RD Sharma holding media interaction on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 9:  Triggering a controversy, Jammu University Vice-Chancellor Prof R D Sharma today said that slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani should have been captured alive to avoid unrest in Kashmir valley.
“To avoid unrest like situation, prevailing in Kashmir valley for the last four months, I feel Burhan Wani should not have been killed but captured alive,” he said while   replying to a query during interaction with media persons on the campus.
Virtually endorsing the separatist sentiments on the issue, the Vice-Chancellor even termed terrorist Burhan Wani as a mass based personality, whose death erupted trouble in the Valley and consequent damage to studies of the Kashmiri students.  “On the basis of my own experience of work in Valley, I can say that the Kashmir students are very much particular about their studies and career, which suffered a setback due to the prevailing turmoil for the last four months following the death of Burhan Wani, ” he said and advised the Government to resolve Kashmir problem.
“Though I am not a politician but academician, I would like to suggest that we need to understand the mindset of Kashmiri people and make efforts for resolution of Kashmir problem, which has been lingering on for the last 70 years,” he said.
In response to another query, the Vice-Chancellor, however, expressed satisfaction over the security scenario on Jammu University campus and said that all necessary measures were being taken in this regard.   He also defended the university action against some `erring’ students and scholars for maintaining indiscipline on the campus.
On the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor announced that JU was going to start short term Media course in the Directorate of Lifelong Learning while some new courses were also being added in offsite campus of  the university even as with the routine grant,  further expansion of the infrastructure development was a difficult task.
The media interaction was particularly organized to share the information regarding recent A+ Grading to the Jammu University by the NAAC.
“This grade has further increased responsibility of the University fraternity and we will try our best to further improve the same by maintaining standard of education, conduct and commitment of the university towards excellence with the cooperation of all the stakeholders,” he said.
JU Registrar Prof Keshav Sharma; Dean Academic Affairs, Prof Desh Bandhu and Director DIQA, Dr Meenakshi Kilam accompanied the Vice-Chancellor during the press conference.