“Students need education, not just degrees”
JAMMU, 5th September: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha attended the 53rd Foundation Day Ceremony of the University of Jammu today.
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Observing that the world is changing rapidly and education with it, Sinha said, to meet the ever increasing demand for better level and quality of education, the university has seen many changes over the for the past 53 years and has evolved as a center of excellence.
On this occasion, the Lieutenant Governor congratulated the faculty and all those associated with the operation of the university for achieving great milestones, shaping young minds and increasing collaboration between academia and industry.
Invoking the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he affirmed that the NEP will redefine education in universities and expressed his full support for the initiatives of the University.
The national education policy emphasizes the development of students’ creativity, curiosity, collaboration and involvement in activities inside and outside the classroom. The education policy is a beacon to guide and motivate teachers as well as students and overall learning outcomes, he added.
The Lieutenant Governor emphasized that the true function of education is to nurture talent. The national education policy provides us with the opportunity to develop our universities, our educational institutions as future-oriented and values-based centers of quality education, where students benefit from an independent environment to innovate and invent.
“Education is the key to opening the minds of students. Individual growth and independent thinking are only possible when a student is provided with an environment not confined to the classroom and given the opportunity to nurture their creativity and wisdom,” he said.
“Under the Prime Minister’s leadership, we have had the opportunity to ensure that universities are not known as degree-awarding centres, but as education and increased collaboration between teachers and students. “Sinha said.
“Students don’t just need a degree, they need education and that is only possible with increased involvement and collaboration with teachers,” he added.
Highlighting the major initiatives of the University of Jammu, the Lieutenant Governor attributed the establishment of the Special Purpose Vehicle Foundation in November 2020 as a major milestone and an important step towards fostering a culture of start-ups, of industry-university partnership, innovation and incubation in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Lieutenant Governor said the establishment of the Guru Nanak Chair is in line with the National Education Policy as it is a major initiative to restore the importance of our treasured cultural heritage. The ancient wisdom of saints and seers and the contribution of great scientists are what actually form the foundation of modern India, he added.
On this occasion, the Lieutenant Governor urged all teachers to dedicate themselves to opening their students’ minds to new ideas, sparking curiosity and nurturing creativity by creating an open environment for their growth and possibly facilitating building a new company in the future.
It has also published the Dogri Translation of the Indian Constitution, produced by Prof. Archana Kesar and his team of writers and translators Dogri, Prakash Premi, Yashpaul Nirmal and Nirmal Vikram under the legal guidance of Prof. Arvind Jasrotia, Registrar, University of Jammu and Dean. Faculty of Law.
Prof. Dinesh Singh, Chancellor of KR Mangalam University and former Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, who was the special guest on the occasion, spoke at length about the traditional Upanishadic learning system of India which produced great minds and spiritual leaders who understood the essential role of education. which was to anchor the individual in their own sense of self which led to excellence. He also emphasized transdisciplinary learning and collaborative projects. Citing the example of great scientists, he underlined the importance of the social utility of knowledge and how practical experience also plays an important role in the growth of education and knowledge.
Earlier, welcoming the Chancellor and Lieutenant Governor to the historic occasion, Vice Chancellor Umesh Rai provided an overview of the groundbreaking initiatives taken by the Lieutenant Governor to revamp the education ecosystem in UT. He then gave an overview of the progress made by the University since its inception in 1969. He also outlined strategic academic activities for the coming years, keeping in mind emerging trends in the field of education. ‘education. The Vice-Chancellor also thanked the current and former professors, people from civil society and all other stakeholders of the University for their contribution in making this University the best seat of higher education in this part of the country. .
A wide variety of cultural activities were also presented by the students, alumni and eminent artists of Jammu on the occasion.
Chander Mohan Gupta, Mayor, JMC; Prof. Ravinder Kumar Sinha, VC SMVDU; Prof. JP Sharma VC SKUAST-Jammu; Prof. Bechan Lal, VC Cluster University Jammu; Prof. Qayyum Hussain, VC Cluster University Srinagar; Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Finance; Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education; Prof. BS Sahay, Director IIM Jammu and Prof. Manoj Singh Gaur, Director IIT Jammu attended the foundation day ceremony.
Mukesh Singh, ADGP Jammu; Purnima Sharma, Dy. Mayor, Jammu; Ramesh Kumar, Jammu Divisional Commissioner along with senior officials, university faculty members and students were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, CL Dogra was honored today by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on the first ever Foundation Day function of the University of Jammu, for his distinguished service to the University during more than three decades from its founding year. He contributed to the establishment of its rules, its constitution, etc. as an administrative agent in various capacities.