Prof. Vinayshil Gautam delivers Benchmark Series lecture at JU

JAMMU: In order to make University of Jammu emerge an important hub of academic discussions, stir the thinking of various stakeholders for finding solutions to the burning problems of the region, one of the significant interventions has been the institution of Benchmark Lecture Series.

This has assumed more significance in view of the fact that the University is celebrating fifty years of its existence.

While on one side the University is evaluating its progress during the last 50 years, at the same time inviting Eminent Academicians for the lectures, is aimed at setting the path for the University for next 50 years.

It is expected that these lectures will help in identifying the ways the University can become more competitive not only in teaching and research but also in innovation and entrepreneurship.

In the Benchmark Lecture series, in a short span of time, University has already organized four lectures by eminent academicians of great repute.

Prof. Vinayshil Gautam, Senior Adviser, TRIFED (Founder Director, IIM-K; 1st Head, Management Department, IIT-Delhi and presently Chairman, DK International Foundation, a globally acclaimed thinker, consultant and author delivered the 4th Benchmark series lecture on 'Harnessing conventional wisdom and innovating for business success: a Paradigm in waiting' under RUSA (Rashtriya Uchatar Shiksha Abhiyan) in collaboration with Human Resource Development Centre, University of Jammu.

Dr Gautam contemplated that the integrated management may hold the key to share prosperity rather than ploughing the glamorized fields of dogma with its attendant celebrity value. Dr Gautam highlighted the role of tribal communities who have played a pioneering role in protecting wildlife and forest.

It is high time the respective governments and conservation-based organisations acknowledge the critical role tribal people play in conservation, preservation and safeguarding the richness of local biodiversity, he said. He further opined that the Country has to free itself from colonial mindset and develop its own benchmarks and reinvent its own thinking process and clearly define the roadmap, which the generations can tread to.

He further said that today's generation is conscious and have clarity of thought what they are looking for and only need for the present dispensation is to steer their direction and channelize their energies in the area of agroforestry and allied fields. He illustrated that the role of R&D, using tools of Innovation, in manufacturing and service sector is significantly high and one should move in more holistic paradigm of development.

Prof. Manoj Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu in his Presidential remarks said that the lecture by Prof. Vinayshil Gautam was truly a benchmark lecture, because the narrative which Prof. Gautam tried to put forward was inspiring and thought provoking. Prof. Dhar said that Dr Gautam has remained associated with University of Jammu for almost a decade and knows very well the dynamism of the University.

Prof. Dhar echoed Dr Gautam in saying that Golden Jubilee is a watershed moment for any institution. In present scenario, it is a challenge for an institution to create a niche for itself, so that it can be considered a major contributor in the progress of the nation.

India has since time immemorial been known as the repository of traditional knowledge, especially of medicinal plants and the world is now waking up to its treasure but unfortunately, there are cases of Biopiracy.

He suggested that not only have we to become aware about this natural wealth, but also devise ways and means of using this treasure for the betterment of human health and for creating wealth in a sustainable manner.

He said that a fresh outlook is required to deal with the tribals, because they are the one who are true guardians of traditional knowledge about medicines.

On this occasion, Prof Dhar announced that University of Jammu is organizing "Ideathon" under the title Parivartan and is inviting Business ideas from students from University and affiliated Colleges and urged the Students to participate in this event with enthusiasm. Prof. Dhar was of the opinion that University of Jammu should not be only known for its teaching and research but also for Innovation and entrepreneurship. The University has already created infrastructure for aspiring startups who are keen to get incubation support from University.

Prof Naresh Padha, Coordinator, RUSA 2.0 highlighted the various initiatives undertaken under RUSA 2.0.

Earlier Rahul Gupta, Director, HRDC, University of Jammu delivered the welcome address and introduced the keynote speaker to the audience.

Ranjeet Kalra, Assistant Director, HRDC delivered the formal vote of Thanks.

Among others, Prof. Rajni Dhingra, Dean Research Studies, Prof R.K. Ganjoo, Director, CDC, Prof. Rajnikant, Director, DDE, Dr Meenakshi Kilam, Registrar, faculty members, students and scholars were also present on the occasion.

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