SKUAST-TAJ urges Govt for rechristening of SKUAST-J as JAU

Jammu: The office bearers of SKUAST- Teaching Association Jammu (SKUAST-TAJ) today in a meeting discussed the issue regarding the change in the name of only farm and professional varsity of Jammu Division.
President SKUAST-TAJ, Dr Vikas Sharma informed that common name of two varsities in the same Union Territory-Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) and Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) is creating a lot of controversies and confusions among the masses.
Therefore, rechristening of SKUAST-J as Jammu Agricultural University is very essential for its separate identity at National level and also this name is easily pronounced and easily identified at global level.
Dr Sharma informed that the people who fought for making this Institution as a separate asset of Jammu still doesn’t emotionally attached with the nomenclature assigned to this agricultural varsity.
People of Jammu need separate identity of this Institution in the name of Jammu itself and rechristening of SKUAST-J as Jammu Agricultural University will be a good confidence measure for the people of Jammu, who have struggled a lot for this Agricultural University.
Moreover, there is a strong resentment among the farming community, civil society and intellectuals of Jammu region regarding the nomenclature of this agricultural varsity.
Dr Vivak M Arya, General Secretary of the association stressed that SKUAST-K being an old Agricultural Institution is preferred at State /Territory level as for the approval of at least three more faculties and one division, SKUAST-J is still awaiting nod of the Agriculture Production Department and the Planning Department since 2005 notwithstanding the detailed and point-wise justification of the proposal as well as reply to all the queries with regard to required staff strength and budget estimates for the same.
Hence, SKUAST – Teaching Association Jammu (SKUAST-TAJ) has raised a demand regarding the change in the name of this only farm and professional University of Jammu division.