JAMMU, June 27: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST-Jammu) held its 35th Board of Management Meeting (BoM) here today under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor, Prof J P Sharma.
Main agendas approved during the meeting included holding of Convocation of SKUAST-Jammu and conferring of degrees to the pass outs of the University, conferring of certificates of merit and gold medals in the Convocation, consideration and approval of recommendations of selection committee(s) for the placement /promotion of teachers under CAS, restructuring/ reconstitution of existing Divisions of Faculty of Agriculture into Faculties of Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering and Horticulture and Forestry with the adjustment of 69 newly sanctioned post in various Divisions of above Faculties including Faculty of Dairy Technology, establishment of SKUAST-Jammu Centre for innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, establishment of Center of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Agriculture, establishment of College for Vocational Education and renaming of “Organic Farming Research Centre” as “Centre for Organic and Natural Farming” etc.
Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Atal Dulloo, who also attended the meeting, said that income of farmers of J&K needs to be enhanced and for that matter value addition and processing are the major focus areas. He advised three point strategy programme at village, district and University level which needs to be implemented to aware, motivate and train farmers for adoption of secondary agriculture.
At the outset, Vice-Chancellor Prof Sharma talked about the salient achievements of the University and briefed the meeting about the 7th Convocation. He informed that 1305 degrees will be awarded including award of Honoris Causa (02).
Earlier, Dr S K Gupta, Registrar of SKUAST Jammu, presented agendas of the meeting before the board.
Dr Raghav Langer, Secretary, Planning and Development Department; Dr P Tiwari, Vice-Chancellor, Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary Sciences University, Jabalpur; Dr Shiv Prasad Kimothi, ADG (Coordination), ICAR, New Delhi; Dr Janardan Singh, former Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and former Director, UGC Academic Staff College, Department of Entomology, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Shadi Lal Pandita, Director Codes, Finance Department, UT of J&K and other concerned attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, during the second day of ongoing 7th Convocation, a session on Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal Award for best Master and Doctoral Student of the University was organized. About 35 Master and Doctoral scholars competed for the coveted award.
1st Alumni Meet of SKUAST-Jammu was also organized on the occasion wherein alumni of SKUAST-Jammu participated in large numbers.