STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The School of Educational Studies, Central University of Jammu (CUJ), hosted the Vice Chancellors’ meet under the title ‘Academic Leadership Training in Higher Education’. Organised under the aegis of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers & Teaching (PMMMNMTT), in collaboration with Association of Indian Universities (AIU), the four-day long programme (12th-15th February 2019) shall witness deliberations on various issues pertaining to higher education. Dr Dharmendra Singh, Head Department of Educational Studies, in his address, formally welcomed Vice-chancellors, guests and eminent academicians from various universities, who graced the event with their presence. The leitmotif of the event was a thorough discussion on enhancing the quality of higher education and addressing challenges. Prof Furqan Qamar, Secretary General AIU, delivered the key-note address and impressed upon the audience about need of ensuring quality in higher education. Prof B S Sahay, Director IIM Jammu, enlightened the luminaries present in the workshop on ‘decision-making as a process’. He was vociferous about institutes being breeding ground of knowledge. However, he was clear about the ‘quality of students’ and ‘quality of faculty’ as determining factors for ensuring quality of education as a whole. Prof Sahay also stressed on MoUs and urged young faculty members to register themselves with ‘Google Scholar’ and ‘Research Gate’. His focus on ‘quality publication’ and ‘transparent recruitment policy’ spoke volumes about his idea of involving all stake holders of the institute in decision-making process. Prof Sahay’s address was followed by the release of campus update of the University. K K Sharma, Advisor to Governor, J&K, dwelt upon the need of training for leaders who are already at the zenith of their career. He stressed for identifying deficiencies, developing skills for negotiations, making strategy and year-wise strategic plans and monitoring as key factors for addressing leadership crisis. Prof Ashok Aima, Vice-chancellor, CUJ, delivered his presidential-note and emphasized on developing leadership qualities. He also spoke about various MoUs that Central University of Jammu has signed so far. The inaugural session came to an end with formal vote of thanks by Dr J N Baliya, Assistant Professor CUJ. During next three days, a number of Speakers including Vice-chancellors, renowned administrators and directors of various Universities and Institutions from across the country shall deliberate on various concerning topics.
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