STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The Department of Education, University of Jammu organised a daylong National Seminar on ‘Curricular Concerns’ for quality in Teacher Education under UGC SAP DRS-II of the Department. The inaugural session started today morning with Tilak ceremony by school children followed by a prayer by students of the Department. Prof Riyaz Punjabi, former Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, in his keynote address, talked about the role of curriculum and teachers in teacher education programmes. Prof Riyaz also elaborated value inculcation, yoga education, guidance and counseling. He appreciated role of Dogra rulers in promoting education in the state. Prof Rajiv Rattan Sharma, Head Department of Education, presented formal welcome address. Prof Mubarak Singh, Coordinator UGC SAP DRS II spoke on the theme of seminar and elaborated growth of education in Jammu and Kashmir. Prof Mubarak Singh highlighted the role of NCTE, NPE and NCFTE in curriculum planning and implementation for quality in teacher education. Prof Renu Nanda presented formal vote of thanks during inaugural session. During valedictory session, Prof Mubarak Singh welcomed the chief guest, delegates and invitees. Prof Renu Nanda shared proceedings of the session. Prof Manoj K Dhar, Vice Chancellor University of Jammu was the Chief Guest during the valedictory function and appreciated the efforts of the department. He emphasised on the fact that there is a need to change the curriculum to make it student friendly. Earlier, Prof Dhruv Raina, Zakir Hussain Centre of Educational Studies JNU delivered the valedictory address wherein he talked about interdisciplinary approach. He gave interesting examples to elaborate the existing problems in school curriculum in general and teacher education curriculum in particular. In all seven technical sessions were held, wherein nearly 100 papers were presented by delegates from different universities and colleges. These sessions were chaired by Prof Nighat Basu Professor Teacher Education School of Education Central University of Kashmir, Prof Kulvinder Singh Professor of Education Punjabi University Patiala, Prof Rajeev Rattan Sharma Head P.G. Department of Education University of Jammu, Prof Mubarak Singh, Prof Darshana Sharma Dean Faculty of Education University of Jammu, Prof. Mahmood Ahmed Khan University of Kashmir, Prof Rajendra Pal CIET NCERT and Dr Kajal Devi Manhas Assistant Professor Department of Education University of Jammu. Dr Kajal Devi Manhas presented formal vote of thanks. The seminar culminated with the National Anthem. Prof Arti Bakshi Head Department of Psychology, Prof Vishwaraksha Head Department of Sociology, Dr Kavita Suri Head Department of Life Long Learning, Prof Rakesh Vaid Head Department of Electronics, Prof Rampal Head Department of Environmental Sciences, Dr Reva, Dr Pallavi, Prof Pankaj Srivastava Head Department of Geology, Prof G M Bhat, Dr V K Bhutyal and Dr Neeraj Sharma were also present on the occasion.
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