November 2016 News

Loss Of Studies In Kashmir Worries Jammu Varsity VC

9 November 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Vikas Sharma

Jammu: Expressing concern over the loss of studies in the Kashmir valley during the ongoing shutdown after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces, University of Jammu (JU) Vice Chancellor RD Sharma today said no one had ever imagined about the present situation after the killing of Wani. The Vice Chancellor said this during a media interaction at his official residence here today. 'I know the students from the Valley who are much aware of their academic career and their rights too. 'There is a need to understand the mindset of people which is responsible for the present circumstances. Students from the Kashmir valley are like our children whose academic career is at stake in the prevailing unrest,' the JU Vice Chancellor said. 'It would have been better if Burhan Wani was captured alive and arrested instead of being killed in an encounter,' he said. However, after being allegedly criticised for delay in fulfilling the pending demand for introduction ofa course in journalism and mass communication, the University of Jammu (JU) is likely to introduce a short-term course on media studies soon. 'Yes, for some reasons, the course is not being introduced, but the proposal is already in the pipeline to make it functional,' the JU Vice Chancellor said. 'A short-term course in media studies will soon be introduced for students,' the Vice Chancellor added. Prof Sharma disclosed that JU was also planning to invite students from abroad to pursue different courses being offered by the varsity and doing research work likely from the next academic session. 'Consultations are going on with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to facilitate admission of students from foreign countries,' Prof RD Sharma maintained. While stressing on the issue of strengthening the security grid on the JU campus after alleged reports of some suspicious movements recently, the Vice Chancellor said, 'Recently, the varsity administration received some reports of suspicious movements on the campus. We did a thorough inquiry into the whole issue by informing the agencies concerned too but no concrete evidence was found. JU is taking every possible step to ensure its overall security and the installation of CCTV cameras is also in the pipeline.' The Vice Chancellor also admitted non-functioning of offsite campuses of JU. 'Yes, it is true that out of total 11 offsite campuses of JU, four are non-functional,' the Vice Chancellor said, adding that proposal was in the pipeline to strengthen the courses on offsite campuses and to recruit teaching faculty in the same on contractual basis to streamline the functioning. When asked about non-introduction of new courses in the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE), the Vice Chancellor replied PG history would soon be introduced. He added that some courses which were non-functional for the last few years were also likely to be reintroduced after the visit of the Inspection Committee of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to check the study material of the courses.