JK Governor stresses attainment of high standards of education

Jammu, March 16 (Scoop News) – N. N. Vohra, Governor, has emphasized the need for imparting quality education so that our youth are adequately equipped with the required knowledge and skills to compete successfully with their counterparts within and outside the country.         

            The Governor, as Chief Guest, was speaking after inaugurating 2-day “Higher Education Summit” on the theme “Higher Education for Innovation and Change”, organized by the Forum of Recognized Colleges, Jammu, in collaboration with the Indian Colleges Forum, at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium, University of Jammu, here today.

            Referring to the Public-Private Partnership mode in the arena of higher education, the Governor said that such arrangements would prove successful if there is close coordination and understanding between all the stakeholders for collectively striving to secure the objective of quality education. Highlighting the role of the private sector in the promotion of higher education, he observed that tremendous growth of private educational institutions has been witnessed over the past years, which calls for al round superintendence, monitoring and accountability to ensure the attainment of quality parameters. He said that adequacy of funds, qualified faculty and satisfactory infrastructure must be ensured for achieving the desired goals.

            The Governor hoped that the Higher Education Summit would provide a profitable opportunity to the participants to look at the larger picture as far as the arena of higher education is concerned and come up with appropriate recommendations for filling up the gaps, wherever required, to meet the challenge of improving the quality of education on continuing basis in consonance with the emerging challenges.   

            The Governor, who is the Chancellor of the University, while referring to the Directive Principles of State Policy enshrined in the Constitution of India as well as in the State Constitution, said that systematic hard work would be required to achieve these objectives, particularly the mandate of the J&K Constitution for education upto University level being provided to every permanent citizen.

            The Governor expressed sincere hope that the participation in the Summit by intellectuals and academicians from across the country has provided a useful opportunity to deliberate on the obtaining issues in the arena of higher education and come out with appropriate recommendations in this regard. He congratulated the Forum of Recognized Colleges, Jammu, for organizing this Summit and wished fruitful discussions to all the participants.

            The Forum of Recognized Colleges presented a cheque of Rs. 5.51 lakh to the Governor for the Rajya Sainik Board for the welfare of ex-Servicemen, their families and children, on this occasion. The Governor handed over this cheque to Brig (Retd) R. S. Langeh, Secretary Rajya Sainik Board, who was present on this occasion.

            The Governor released a publication brought out on the occasion and inaugurated the Summit by lighting the ceremonial lamp.

            The Governor was honoured by presenting to him a memento by the Forum on this occasion.

             R. S. Chib, Minister for Medical Education and Youth Services and Sports, said that for achieving the objective of quality education there is urgent need for adopting innovative approach.   

             Abdul Gani Malik, Minister for Higher Education, said that it is very encouraging trend that private sector has come up in a big way to invest in the higher education sector.

            Prof. M. P. S. Ishar, Vice Chancellor, Jammu University, said that the theme of the Summit is very relevant and timely. He said that the real challenge today is how to provide quality and affordable education. He added that adequate infrastructure and committed faculty are essential ingredients for achieving excellence in teaching and research.

            Dr. G. D. Sharma, President, Indian Colleges Forum, dwelt on the activities of the Forum countrywide aimed at the promotion of quality education.     

            In his welcome address,  Harbans Singh, President, Forum of Recognized Colleges, Jammu, dwelt on the aims and objects of organizing this Summit. He urged for making B. Ed. as essential qualification for recruitment of teachers in the State.

             S. S. Wazir presented a Vote of Thanks.