KU to have ‘Alumni Club’ as dedicated space for former students, says VC
Srinagar: The Department of Environmental Science, University of Kashmir, held its alumni meet on Wednesday.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Nilofer Khan chaired the opening session of the alumni meet, which was attended by scores of alumni of the department established in 2000.
Remarking that the department has made significant contributions in areas of teaching and research, Prof Nilofer, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said the contributions and expertise of the university’s alumni are very important to take the institution forward.
“It is a moment of great satisfaction that our alumni are serving beyond the education sector—in civil services, the corporate world, medical science etc.— in important positions. It is our desire to develop a strong and sustained connection with our alumni whose association with our University can help us develop and progress further,” the Vice-Chancellor said, adding that the University will explore the possibility of establishing a dedicated facility like Alumni Club for its former students.
She said the Department of Environmental Sciences must further align its academic and research programmes to the current and future requirements of society. “It is our constant endeavour to connect the institution with the societal requirements in all our domains like teaching, research, extension education and outreach programmes,” Prof Nilofer said.
Registrar Dr Nisar A Mir, who was a guest of honour, said the institution’s alumni hold a strong sense of belonging to the institution and are always desirous to see the institution grow properly.
He said that the strength of the alumni association has a direct bearing on the University’s visibility and ranking. “It is in this context that the Vice-Chancellor conceptualized the idea of having the department-wise alumni meetings before a centralized alumni meet is held,” Dr Mir said.
The alumni meet, among others, was attended by former KU academicians including Prof A R Yousuf (former Dean Academic Affairs), Prof M Z Chisti (former professor, Department of Zoology), Prof G A Bhat (former Professor, CORD) and Prof Azra Nahid Kamili (former Dean, School of Biological Sciences), besides Director North Campus Prof B A Ganai and Director CORD Prof Niamat Ali.
Dean School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Prof Shamim A Shah also shared his views on the occasion.