JAMMU, July 1: Prof Umesh Rai, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu today chaired a high-level meeting of the University functionaries for threadbare discussion on the new National Education Policy (NEP) and implementation of the same.
Dean Academic Affairs, Dean Research Studies, Faculty Deans, Director College Development, Registrar, Director, Directorate of Distance Education, Directors, Rectors/HoDs and senior officers of the University attended the meeting.
Prof Rai emphasized on the salient features of the NEP-20 and called upon all the Head of Departments to prepare syllabi/curriculum for Semester-1 to semester-III of UG programmes so that same can be implemented from July this year.
Emphasizing that he is committed to the development and strengthening of the Department of Distance Education at the University, the Vice-Chancellor announced that JU is envisaging to start a Centre for Skills Innovation & Entrepreneurship under NEP.
During the threadbare discussions, it was resolved that the syllabus of PG programmes shall be revised for the academic year (2022-23) onwards to incorporate components of Skill education, entrepreneurship and industry-academia projects. It was emphasized that the research calendar shall be strictly adhered to. It was also resolved that the young faculty members will get seed money grant to carry out their research work from the research fund and the same shall be notified soon.
Head of Departments were emphasised upon to develop redressal mechanism at the Departmental level for grievances of Research Scholars. Cooperation of all faculty members were sought in further streamlining and strengthening of the examination process.
It was announced that University of Jammu shall celebrate 5th September as its Foundation Day every year wherein faculty members and staff shall be facilitated for their distinguished achievements. The practice of awarding the ‘Best Employee Ward’ shall also be institutionalized.
The meet was informed that besides offering online courses, Directorate of Distance Education is also envisaging to start Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board on weekends which is a huge milestone to educate women who are simultaneously pursuing employment to supplement their family incomes. Further, it shall provide centralized digital labs/ICT facilities for the benefit of the faculty and students. The meet was further informed that the Department of Students Welfare is beginning an outreach programme wherein resource persons will be deputed to the nodal Colleges to impart training to the students in painting, fine arts etc.