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Jammu University holds 119th Syndicate meet. Key decisions taken

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Jammu: The 119th Syndicate meeting of University of Jammu was held under the chairmanship of Prof Umesh Rai, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu on Wednesday.

Various key decisions were taken during the Syndicate meeting for the  over development of the University and creating an ecosystem of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

In order to enhance the global visibility of the University and to attract faculty, experts, professionals and researchers from diverse fields to contribute to the emerging needs of the University and to enhance the quality of teaching, research, the syndicate meeting unanimously adopted UGC guidelines for empanelment of Adjunct faculty/distinguished visiting Faculty/Professors of Practice in the University. 

In his opening remarks, Prof Umesh Rai extended a warm welcome to Prof J.P Pandey, Vice-Chancellor, Madan Mohan Malviya University, Gorakhpur, Sh Shadi Lal Pandita, Director General Codes, Finance Department, J&K, Abdul Majid Butt, Director (Finance), Higher Education Department, Rakesh Kumar Badyal, Special Secretary to Govt, Higher education Department, J&K & other members of the Syndicate for their wholehearted support to University of Jammu. 

Prof. Rai in his address elaborated on recent initiatives of the University particularly in creating an ecosystem of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

He informed that University is envisaging to establish a sustainable Diagnostic Research Centre in Public Private Partnership mode wherein the Scholars and students from Biotechnology & Microbiology etc while doing their Internship can also learn and earn.  

The University of Jammu has recently completed fifty years of its existence and is moving forward with a vision of Dissolving Boundaries and Evolving the Education and in this direction, University has decided to institute Best Teaching Department Award in order to carry best practices in terms of teaching, research, curriculum reforms, governance etc and the idea was highly appreciated and it was unanimously endorsed by the University Syndicate. 

Prof Arvind Jasrotia, Registrar, University of Jammu presented 34 agenda items in the meeting. Threadbare discussions were held on the items of academic importance. 

In order to bring out the potential for cultural, Heritage and eco-tourism of the Jammu region both in the domain of academic discourse and in the realm of policy formulation, the members of the  Syndicate endorsed the introduction of one year PG Diploma Course in Cultural and Heritage Tourism in the Department of History, University of Jammu. 

The revival of the Master Degree Programme in Defense and Strategic Studies under Choice Based Credit System in the Department of Strategic and Regional Studies, University of Jammu was approved by the Syndicate. The revival of the Gandhian Studies Centre at the University of Jammu was also endorsed. 

The five year integrated B.Com LLB Programme at Udhampur Campus, University of Jammu was also endorsed by the University syndicate. The Four-Year Integrated Course in B.Pharm (Bachelor of Pharmacy) at Udhampur Campus, University of Jammu with the objective to train the students about various drugs and their formulations and to maintain a standardised quality of people’s health and living was also endorsed by the Syndicate. Introduction of Four Year BCA (Data Science) Programme under NEP-2020 from academic session 2022-23 in the Bhaderwah Campus was endorsed by the Syndicate. 

The Statutes Governing Four Years Undergraduate Programmes (FYUGP) as per National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 from the Academic Session 2022-23 onwards was endorsed by the University Syndicate.

The Syndicate endorsed the introduction of a Master of Performing Arts (self-supporting) in the Institute of Music and Fine Arts, University of Jammu with the following disciplines i.e Hindustani Classical Vocal Music, Hindustani Classical Sitar Instrument, Hindustani Classical Violin Instrument, Hindustani Classical Tabla Instrument and Indian Classical Dance Kathak. 

To upgrade the existing infrastructure and other allied services concerning the effective and smooth function of the Guest House, the constitution of the management committee for the effective and smooth functioning of the Guest houses of the University was approved. 

The item with regard to the adoption of Intellectual property Rights Policy of the University of Jammu was also endorsed by the University Syndicate.

 The members of the University Syndicate endorsed the introduction of M.Com. & M.A. (English) online programmes in the Directorate of Distance Education, University of Jammu, Jammu from the Academic Session 2022-23 onwards, as per UGC (Open & Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020 and change of nomenclature of the Directorate of Distance Education to the Directorate of Distance and Online Education (DD & OE).

 The Syndicate meeting was attended by Prof Chandra Bhushan Sharma, Department of Education, IGNOU, Prof Sunita Singh Sengupta, Department of Management Studies, Delhi University, Prof Jasbir Singh, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof Seema Langar, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Prof Anwar Hassan, Dean, Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Prof Aneesa Shafi, Head, Dept of Psychology, University of Kashmir. Dr Vishal Sharma, Principal, Govt Degree College Bani, and Dr M. Abbas Shah, Principal Govt Degree College, Marwah.

The meeting was coordinated by Dr Neeraj Sharma, Special Secretary to Vice-Chancellor, and Dr Imran Farooq, Incharge Coordination section.


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