The University of Jammu held the 86th University Council Meeting on Friday, Septemeber 11 at Raj Bhawan. The announcement to establish the Centre of Excellence in Dogri was made. Prof Manoj K Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu mentioned “steps to be taken by the University of Jammu for the promotion of Dogri language and translations of the existing works in other languages of the country to promote culture, traditions, and respect to feelings and aspirations of locals,” said a statement released by the varsity.

Prof. Dhar said that an Advisory Committee of eminent persons, who have contributed to the growth and development of Dogri shall be constituted and a proposal of establishing a “Centre of Excellence in Dogri” will be developed within the shortest possible time.

The Council favourably considered the long pending demand of research students and approved an increase in the research fellowship of research scholars from Rs 5000 to Rs 10000 per month and also gave nod to no fee hike for two years considering the difficult conditions created by Covid19, said Prof Dhar.

The Council approved in principle the setting up of a Research Cluster in the University of Jammu for strengthening Research and its dissemination for the upliftment of society.

In this regard, the University is planning to establish seven centres of excellence in various research areas which will immensely benefit the faculty of JU, College teachers, researchers and students of the region as well as UT.

The Council also approved the establishment of the Department of Journalism & Media Studies, two year Executive MBA Programme and Diploma in Museology and Archaeology. The establishment of the Department of Philosophy was also approved in view of the unique position and resources of the University in this region. Besides, approving 10 percent Supernumerary seats for College teachers, to enable them to undertake research work leading to the award of Ph.D, Council also approved College teachers to act as supervisors/Co-Supervisors as per the UGC norms and University Statutes for guiding students, initially in the subjects of arts and humanities.

Prof Dhar said that the best methods of teaching should be adopted along with the regular capacity building of teaching faculties of the university campuses.

Chancellor and Lt Governor, J&K, Manoj Sinha, laid stress on developing a curriculum based on the feedback of students as continual feedback is a globally accepted practice and it helps to understand and develop different perspectives to the existing pedagogy.

He insisted that the University of Jammu should take lead in the implementation of National Education Policy 2020.

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