Muzaffarabad:The 8th Convocation of University of AJ&K was held on November 30, 2010 at city campus Muzaffarabad, where 1900 graduating students of M.A/M.Sc, B.A/B.Sc/B.Ed, M.Ed, B.Sc, Agriculture, B.Sc, Engineering, B.Sc, Geology, B.Sc, Home Economics, BBA, MBA, M.Com/MPA, LLB, B.S.Ed and B.Com were awarded degrees.
As many as 34 students were decorated with gold medals. While addressing the Convocation President AJ&K/Chancellor University Raja Zulqarnain Khan urged the Govt to take immediate measures to complete the tendering process so that construction work at the new sites of University campuses at Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot may be started as early as possible”.
He said, “The financial stringency at national level” like every other department, has also affected the universities including AJ&K University. Recurring budget has been reduced besides cuts imposed on the development budget.
This has hampered the developmental work of the University”, he added. He advised “Education should be spared while imposing budgetary cuts so that academic activities are not impaired and development of academic institutions is not affected”. He hoped that the government will continue supporting universities. He also urged the university to consider resource diversification as it can not develop unless some other alternate funding resources are explored. He emphasized that University should develop links with the National and International universities and research organizations for the benefit of its teachers and students. He hoped that University will continue progressing further in the years to come.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Habib-ur-Rehman Congratulated the Graduating students and wished them a successful future. While addressing the students he said “The University is proud of your performance and achievements. I am certain that you will prove to be an asset to our nation and contribute towards the progress of the country. We hope that you would continue to display the same degree of commitment in the future”.
While reviewing the performance of the University during the last year, he said “At present, 20 research projects worth Rs. 267.000 million are being undertaken in different departments of the University. These projects have greatly enhanced the research activities of the respective departments and made available enough resources for the training of faculty and students”.
He also informed that about 32 faculty members have been sent abroad on scholarships for higher studies in different disciplines. He further stated that the numbers of departments at the Rawalakot Campus have been increased.
He also informed that the University is planning to start new important disciplines at the Kotli Campus. The University has launched/ revived new disciplines including Kashmir Studies, LL.B 5 Years programme and B.Ed 4 years degree programme.
He said revival of Kashmir Studies will go a long way in developing human resource well acquainted with the knowledge of history and struggle of Kashmir Movement serving as a platform for the seminars and conferences aimed at highlighting the Kashmir issue and providing an opportunity for academic discussions on various aspects of this long standing issue.