Former UGC Chairman Inaugurates Bench Mark Series Lecture at JU

JAMMU: Prof Ved Prakash, former UGC, Chairman today delivered the Inaugural University of Jammu Benchmark series under RUSA (Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan) in collaboration with Human Resource Development Centre, University of Jammu under. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Ved Prakash said Autonomy is crucial for the growth and development of higher education.

Considering how different commissions and committees set up by the Government of India from time to time have looked at autonomy and accountability, and there is an interesting interplay between the two and that without them it is virtually impossible to achieve excellence.

Prof Prakash also underlined the fact that even after India got freedom in 1947, the first Nation policy on Education came in 1985 and in the era of technology, things are changing fast, Country needs new Inclusive National policy on Education.

Prof Ved Prakash addressed the audience with his ideas on education and talked about the evolution of access to education and also called upon younger faculty to make utmost use of Information technology to make learning more fruitful as well as affordable for everyone.

The country needs Research specific universities and has to be truly international e.g. in the state of J&K, every region can have one University dedicated to research to produce most scientific and talented workforce, Prakash stated.

Prof Manoj K Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu in his presidential remarks said that the lecture of Prof Ved Prakash has set the high benchmark for the lecture series and there could not have been more befitting than this to get Benchmark Lecture series inaugurated by Prof Prakash.

Prof Dhar said that University is setting the target of 25 to 30 odd more lectures every year by imminent academician and the personalities thereby implying that University is setting the target of one lecture subject wise every month by a person of imminence. Prof Dhar further said that the zenith of learning should be outcome based, be student centric and further to revive value based education and curriculum.

Prof Naresh Padha, Coordinator, RUSA outlined the objective of the programme

Earlier Prof J.P.S Joorel, Director, HRDC, University of Jammu delivered the welcome address.

Earlier, Ranjeet Kalra, Teaching faculty at HRDC introduced the Key note Speaker Prof Ved Prakash to the audience and also delivered the formal vote of thanks as concluding remarks.

Among others, Prof Jigar Mohd, Dean Research Studies, Prof Keshav Sharma, Dean Academic Affairs, Prof Kulwant Singh, Controller of Examinations, faculty members, Scholars and students were also present on the occasion. Dr Bindu Raina from Physics Dept conducted the proceedings of the function.

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