Governor NN Vohra, Chancellor, University of Kashmir, has urged the Vice Chancellor of the varsity, Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, to maintain continued focus on high teaching standards, quality research and strengthen linkages with identified institutions of excellence within the country and abroad.
The Governor said this while chairing the 77th University Council meeting here at Raj Bhawan on Sunday. Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Minister for Education, also participated in the meeting.
To enhance awareness of the initiatives taken by the university for improvements in pedagogy, the Governor advised the Vice Chancellor to publicise the work being done and results achieved.
He congratulated the university for figuring among the top 200 institutions in the QS-BRICS international ranking and securing the 73rd rank in the National Institutional Ranking Framework-2017.
While appreciating the university’s performance in teaching-learning and research areas, he emphasised on systematic efforts being made for improving future rankings by addressing the shortfalls in parameters of Outreach and Inclusivity and Peer Perception.
Reviewing the action-taken reports on critical areas, the Governor reiterated that the university must not deviate from its set goal of undertaking socially-relevant research on identified problems facing the state and imparting quality education to students, besides high attention to sports and extra-curricular activities.
Meanwhile, Prof Andrabi briefed the council regarding the improvements brought about in regard to conduct of examinations and introducing transparency in the university policies, recruitments, memoranda of understandings signed with top ranking institutions, including Montana Tech, USA, e-governance practices, live-streaming of results etc.
He informed that at present, 212 research projects were going on and 56 placements had been made through three recruitment drives between October 2016-March 2017.