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Focus on actualizing human potential in service of society: LG Sinha

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Higher Education Council meeting discusses comprehensive transformation of education sector in J&K



Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Tuesday called upon all stakeholders to focus on actualizing human potential in service of the society.

He said this while chairing the meeting of J&K Higher Education Council, at Raj Bhawan, an official press release informed.

It said the Council headed by the LG discussed the comprehensive and holistic transformation of the education sector in the UT of J&K.

The LG while calling upon all stakeholders to focus on actualizing human potential in service of the society, emphasised the need for assessing the values of each course of higher education to ensure they meet the expectations of students and employers.

“One of the objectives of higher education is to prepare future leaders. Under the Higher Education Council, we will do an honest assessment of the effectiveness of subjects and see whether the return on investment by universities is satisfactory,” the LG said.

The meeting discussed the important matters pertaining to the status of NEP 2020 implementation across J&K universities, updates, sustainability, and expansion roadmap for the Design Your Degree (DYD) program, initiatives to promote entrepreneurship, start-ups, and tangible skill programs and proposals for new joint programs and initiatives for 2024-25.

The LG reiterated the commitment of the UT administration to effective policies and reforms in the education sector.

He lauded the contribution of all the members of the council and stakeholders in driving the transformation in the higher education landscape of Jammu & Kashmir.

The LG impressed upon the higher education institutions for the implementation of innovative programs like DYD in a time-bound manner.

Curriculum and classroom learning should be innovative and it must encourage problem-solving skills among the students. We have to make higher education institutions of UT capable of nurturing future entrepreneurs, he said.

Prof. Dinesh Singh, Vice Chairman, JKHEC called for putting a special focus on grasping the spirit of the DYD program in the larger context of NEP. As an educational institution, we must recognize our strengths and weaknesses and empower the students to take the lead in redefining classroom learning, he said.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to LG; Atal Dulloo, Chief Secretary; Vice Chancellors and members of the Council shared their views and thoughts on the implementation of NEP 2020 and sustainability and expansion of the DYD program in the UT.

The Council also discussed various facets of the DYD program including ideas on greater inter-institutional cooperation for sharing of credit and for sharing of resources.

The meeting was attended by Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to LG; Atal Dulloo, Chief Secretary; Prof. Dinesh Singh, Vice Chairman, J&K Higher Education Council; Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary Higher Education Department; Prof. Umesh Rai, VC, University of Jammu; Prof. Nilofer Khan, VC Kashmir University; Prof. Shakil Ahmad Romshoo, VC, IUST; Pragati Kumar, VC SMVDU; Prof. Akbar Masood, VC BGSBU; Prof. Qayyum Husain, VC Cluster University Srinagar; Dr BN Tripathi, VC SKUAST Jammu; Dr Nazir Ahmed Ganai, VC SKUAST Kashmir and other members.

Santosh D Vaidya, Principal Secretary, Finance Department; Dr Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to LG; Vikramjit Singh, Commissioner Secretary, Department of I&C; Prof Kavi Arya from IIT Bombay; Shobha Bagai, Director, Cluster Innovation Centre Delhi University and Prof Sheikh Ajaz Bashir, Principal Amar Singh College also attended the meeting.

LG reviews functioning of Hospitality & Protocol Department

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today chaired a review meeting of the Hospitality and Protocol Department and emphasised on the measures to streamline the operations of the department and to make quantifiable goals to increase revenue.

LG took appraisal of the assets and ongoing tourism and guest house construction projects. He stressed upon maximum utilisation of guest houses for tourists, convention centres and conference facilities and provided a one-stop solution for tourism and hospitality-related needs.

He called for the promotion of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives. He said the adoption of the PPP model will enhance efficiency and generate additional revenue for the department.

The meeting also discussed the rental structure at various government-run guest houses and the renovation of the infrastructure.


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