Mohd Shahid Khan
Vice Chancellor Central University, Jammu, Ashok Aima said that the University is on the way to become the hub of research, vocational courses and technology and efforts are on to make it one of the best institutes nationally as well as internationally.
While interacting with Taskeen, Prof Aima said that research is going to be the focal point of the University and many research projects have already started. He said that when he joined the University there were around 8 projects, while as currently around 20 projects are in operation. “When we started, the research projects were only in 8 disciplines and now it has increased to 20 disciplines”, he added. He also told that DRDO and ISRO are going to set up their research labs at University. He said these initiatives would help in building the scientific temper and will give the boost to the research environment. “ In next five years this university will be known especially for its applied sciences department”, he proudly added
Explaining about the vocational courses, Prof Aima told that the University is currently running 6 vocational courses including beauty and Wellness, Dress designing, tailoring, and others. He said that these courses are especially helping the students coming from nearby villages to become self-sufficient.
He elaborated that educational institution like this has an important role to play in society and researches are done by the universities play an important role in the overall welfare of society.
Giving background of the University, Prof. Aima told that the University was approved in the year 2009 and started functioning in 2011. “We started with 12 programs and 400 and students and today we have 50 programs with 1400 students “, he added. He also added that admission is done through Common Entrance test of around 9 Central Universities. “ Today we have students from 10 different states and around 65 percent students are female”, he elaborated.
Talking about the new programmes, he said that university has just got approvals for three new departments that include Law, Earth Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts.
He further added that the University has already signed MoUs with 8 international University including the University of Melbourne. “We have recently trained 20 coached from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Region including 10 female at Jamia Milia Islamia University in collaboration with an American university and now these students would be going to America for further training’, he added.