Jammu University to hold a Special Convocation

Jammu, June 21: While addressing the Media, Prof. Umesh Rai, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu, said that the University of Jammu is holding a “Special Convocation” on June 22, 2023, wherein 211 Gold Medals for the years 2016–2019 and 265 PhD degrees for the years 2017–2019 will be awarded to the students. The Convocation will be graced by the Hon’ble Vice-President of India, Sh Jagdeep Dhankhar, as the Chief Guest, while Sh Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, J&K UT and Chancellor, University of Jammu, shall preside over the Convocation. The Vice-Chancellor was flanked by Prof. Naresh Padha, Dean Academic Affairs, Prof Arvind Jasrotia, Registrar, Prof Rajeev Rattan, Director, CDC, Prof Pankaj Srivastava, Member Secretary, JKSET, Prof Monika Sethi and Dr Vinay Thusoo, Incharge Media.

 The University of  Jammu,  in its efforts to give a boost to the local language and culture, the University of Jammu has taken the initiative to promote Dogri, which finds a place in the banners, invitation cards, and programme schedule of the Convocation alongside  English. The promotion of Dogri began with a project undertaken by the University to translate the Constitution of India into Dogri, and thereafter the University organised a ten-day multi-arts festival, “Duggar Darpan,” in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Regional Centre, Jammu and Kashmir. Prof. Rai further shared that the University is envisioning to have the signages in the University in Dogri as well. To promote national and regional languages, the University is in  the process of setting-up a full-fledged Directorate of Hindi and a Centre of Excellence in Dogri, said Prof. Umesh Rai, who further added that  this has been possible with the liberal support from the Govt. of J&K.

Prof. Umesh Rai said that the University has also taken numerous new initiatives in sync with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s call for a “Land to Lab” and “Lab to Land” approach. Further in his address to the media, he shared that in Sync with the Vision of the Hon’ble Chancellor, “My Youth, My Pride” & “Har Din Khel Sab ke Liye Khel”, the University has  made great strides in the sphere of games and sports.  The Vice-Chancellor threw light on various achievements and special programmes initiated by the university, like ‘College on Wheels’ wherein for the first time the students of the University of Jammu shall be a part of the special train journey, an initiative by the J&K Higher Education Council where students will get an opportunity for real-time experience and project based learning. Another initiative shared by the Vice-Chancellor is a four-year Undergraduate programme ‘Design Your Degree’ which is path-breaking and unique and is soon being rolled out. Perhaps, the University of Jammu is a  pioneer in the country to offer such a programme that will allow students to design their own curriculum, giving emphasis on skill development, interdisciplinarity and hands-on-training.

The University has recently entered into a very prestigious Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the High Altitude Warfare School of Army at Gulmarg in the discipline of Disaster Management and in this context,  the University shall offer programmes to the trainees and officers of HAWS while giving due weightage to their experiential learning, said Prof Umesh Rai. The Vice-Chancellor exuded that recent collaborations with the country’s most prestigious institutions like ISRO; IISC, Bangalore; IIT, Mumbai, among others, are a great milestone in the arena of academics, research and innovation. Other initiatives of the University include a Centre for Skill, Incubation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development (SIIEDC), the Gandhian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, the First Women Non- Collegiate Board in the Directorate of Distance and Online Education, 12 cultural clubs under the umbrella term ‘UTSAAH’ to provide students with an opportunity to explore and follow their passion, and the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for the Under-graduate students studying in the University teaching departments.Prof. Monika Sethi delivered the formal welcome address, while Dr. Vinay Thusoo delivered the formal vote of thanks.

Among others present on the occasion were Dr Suvidha Khanna, Dr Sumita Sharma, Deputy Registrar and Dr Imran Farooq, Nodal Officer