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The University of Jammu conducted a paperless Academic Council Meet under the Chairmanship of Prof Umesh Rai, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu. At the outset, Prof Rai expressed his gratitude to the Hon’ble Chancellor for his support and guidance. Exuding confidence that the University of Jammu will touch new milestones in academic excellence, the Vice-Chancellor in his maiden academic Council meeting exhorted upon University fraternity to use all modes of technology, which enable University to go total paperless in all its functioning. Vice-Chancellor exhorted that the Academic Council holds an imminent position, being the highest academic body of the University and the University is known for "its academic research and other extracurricular activities. Prof Umesh Rai congratulated the University Institute of Engineering & Technology (UIET) for getting accredited by AICTE. For achieving the milestone of 56 position in NIRF ranking, Prof. Rai congratulated the University fraternity for that University deserves applause, but we must strive for achieving a position within the 10 top educational institutions of the country for that we must have to work hard to make this dream come true. Prof Rai appreciated the efforts of the Dean Academic Affairs and its team, Head of the teaching Departments and their team (Admission Committees etc.) for completing the admission process despite all odds.
Prof Naresh Padha, Dean Academic Affairs in his address sought the cooperation of the University fraternity for taking forward the academic and research of the University for Further Improvement of the rank of University.
During the meeting, around 76 agenda items were presented by Prof Arvind Jasrotia, Registrar, University of Jammu. Threadbare discussions were held on each of the agenda items along with the Action Taken Report on the resolutions of the last Academic Council. The Council unanimously endorsed the establishment of Incubation Innovation Entrepreneurship Skill Development Centre (IIESDC).
The item with regard to the Draft Research Policy for University of Jammu was endorsed by the Council. Prof K.S Charak, Department of Mathematics was nominated to work on the University Syndicate for the remaining triennial period of 2021-2024. In principle, Council endorsed the introduction of Environmental Science as a core subject in Under-Graduate Courses. It was resolved that the students shall become the lifetime member of the Alumni Association of the University and will also strengthen the bond between students and alumni. This initiative will also increase the Alumni base of Jammu University and the students shall be the Ambassadors of the University of Jammu.
The Academic Council endorsed the introduction of Ph.D Programme in Physical Education in the Directorate of Sports and Physical Education, University of Jammu. The introduction of MA (Punjabi) & Diploma Course in Gyani and the New Course “Application of Computers in Urdu course in Semester IV in the Directorate of Distance education was also endorsed. The Constitution and Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board in the Directorate of Distance Education was also endorsed.
Empowering the Women of Jammu & Kashmir it was resolved that the 5 years Integrated MCA programme in the Bhaderwah Campus, and B.Ed M.Ed in Udhampur and Kathua Campus of the University of Jammu shall be introduced from the academic session July 2022-23. Council approved the implementation of Value added Workshops on Life Skills in University and six months Skill Based Certificate Course on communication skills in the University Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Centre.
The Academic Council also endorsed the adoption of guidelines for pursuing two Academic programmes simultaneously. The syllabus of Common paper titled, "Understanding India' as per National Education Policy-2o2o to be introduced in all Universities Govt of UT J&K by the Higher Education Department, UT J&K was also endorsed by the Academic Council. The University of Jammu is going to implement NEP 2020 from the Academic Session 2022-23 onwards and the Conveners of the various Board of Studies have been requested to present the template.
The Academic Council endorsed Guest Lecturers by the members of the civil society for sharing their first-hand experience in their field with the students. This initiative is to bring the land to lab and is one of the endorsements of NEP-20
Various other important academic matters of the University related to admission, examination, research etc were also discussed in the Academic Council meeting, which was attended by Deans of various Faculties, Rectors/Directors of the Offsite campuses, Heads of the Departments, Conveners of Boards of Studies, College Principals and other officials of the University.