JU plays pivotal role in offering multidisciplinary education: J&K Chief Secy

Jammu,  Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary, Atal Dulloo on Thursday said that as a hub for higher education institutions in the region, the University of Jammu plays a pivotal role in offering multidisciplinary education, fostering research-oriented undergraduate training, and introducing innovative programmes such as the “Design Your Degree” initiative.

He was speaking at the closing ceremony of a three-day workshop on Capacity Building and Leadership Development for the implementation of NEP 2020, with special emphasis on Internationalisation of Higher Education, inaugurated by the Lieutenant Governor and Chancellor, University of Jammu, Manoj Sinha.

Dulloo highlighted the significance of capacity building in leadership development, considering India’s position as the world’s second-largest education system.

With a substantial portion of the youth pursuing higher education, he emphasised the government’s commitment to providing the best educational opportunities to nurture future leaders equipped to compete on a global scale.

He also underscored the importance of leveraging multiple interventions to maximize the impact of educational initiatives, drawing parallels between workshops like this and dynamic environments such as farms and laboratories where incremental changes and predetermined outcomes are observed.

Dulloo emphasised the difference between leadership and authority which are important aspects in capacity buildings. Underscoring the importance of the National Education Policy (NEP) as a crucial initiative.

He focused on tapping into the boundless energy and potential of the youth, likening them to a valuable asset capable of sparking positive societal changes.

The report of the three-day workshop was presented by Prof Manisha Priyam from the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), shedding light on key insights and recommendations derived from the sessions.

Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department, UT of J&K, and Guest of Honour, highlighted the significance of the workshop outcomes.

He stressed the importance of enhancing our global presence and fostering cross-cultural exchange to create a vibrant educational environment.

Professor Umesh Rai, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu, delivered an address emphasizing the importance of implementing the NEP 2020 for the holistic development of the education sector.

The implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 aligns with this vision, aimed at empowering students with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in a competitive world.

Earlier, Prof. Anju Bhasin, Dean Academic Affairs, University of Jammu urged for a collective commitment to fostering collaboration, creativity, and dedication, essential elements for driving impactful change within the educational ecosystem.

The day three featured two enlightening sessions focusing on internationalization of higher education and the theme centered on “Internationalization of higher education in J&K perspective.”

The panelists Prof. Crig Jeffrey, from Monash University, Australia, Dr. Archana Thakur, Joint Secretary UGC, Prof. P K Srivastava, Director DD and OE, University of Jammu. Prof. Renu Nanda, HOD Education Department, University of Jammu, Prof. Seema Naz, Govt. College of Education, Srinagar spoke in threadbare on the topic.