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Hope GoI continues support to JK youngsters: CM

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Jammu, Mar 04: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said she hoped that the Centre would continue its support to enable the state to provide best opportunities to youngsters and create an atmosphere to nourish their talent.

She was speaking at the 17th Convocation of the University of Jammu, in which Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was the chief guest.


Degrees were conferred to 185 candidates who have qualified for the award of doctor of philosophy in 2015-16 up to December 31, 2016, besides 59 students were awarded gold medals, cash awards and certificates of merit.

“We hope to receive continuous support from the Union government in building the foundations for what I describe as Jammu and Kashmir 2.0,” the chief minister said.

“For me, Jammu and Kashmir 2.0 is fundamentally about providing the best opportunities to the young people of this state and creating an atmosphere in which their talent can be nourished,” Mehbooba said at the convocation ceremony.

Mehbooba, the pro-chancellor of the varsity, said the principle objectives of her government were to create a knowledge-based society on three pillars – education, employability and empowerment — in accordance with the goals of J-K 2.0.

Noting that majority of awards at the convocation were conferred on women students, she said, The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign is going great as far as the Jammu university is concerned.”

I was pleased to see girls being awarded degrees and medals one after the another.

Boys were also there, but majority belonged to the girls today Jammu and Kashmir will show a way for women-led development rather than development for women, she said.

Mehbooba said, We are committed to education and learning as vehicles of human betterment and as essential foundations for the democratic institutions.

Lauding the people of Jammu for being inclusive, tolerant and accommodative, she said, I think there cannot be a better example of a place than Jammu.

Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley was the Chief Guest on the occasion whileas Governor, N N Vohra, who is also the Chancellor of the University, also addressed the convocation.

Terming education and learning as vehicles for human betterment, Mehbooba Mufti said the pursuit of knowledge requires a continuous process of testing, reassessment, challenge and debate. She said there should be recognition of the fact to know more and be open to ideas and new perspectives and even possibilities. This, she said, requires to work with courage, generosity and humility to create an intellectual community.

The Chief Minister said she was happy to see many young girls were being awarded medals and degrees in today’s convocation which gives her the reason to see Jammu & Kashmir showing a way for Women led Development rather than Development for Women. She complimented all the students and scholars who received their degrees during today’s convocation.

Minister of State in PMO, Dr. Jitendra Singh; Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh; Ministers; Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo; legislators; Chairman, State Accountability Commission, Justice B A Khan; Vice Chancellors of all the universities in the State; senior officers; faculty members of Jammu University besides scholars and students were present on the occasion.


 ‘Get meaningfully involved with resolution of societal problems’


Jammu, Mar 04: The 17th Convocation of University of Jammu for the year 2015-16 was held here at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium, today. Sh. Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, was the Chief Guest and delivered the 17th Convocation Address.

Jaitley lauded the academic achievements of the University in his Convocation Address and appreciated the fact that women were far more in number than men in securing Gold Medals and Ph.D. Degrees.

Governor N.N. Vohra, Chancellor of the University awarded 214 Degrees including 155 Ph.D Degrees, and Sh. Arun Jaitely gave away 59 Gold Medals, Cash Awards and Medals at the Convocation.

Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Union Government, Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo, Advisor to Chief Minister, Ministers, Legislators and many distinguished guests were among those present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the Chancellor thanked Jaitley for accepting his request and agreeing to address the Convocation of this University. He conveyed his best wishes to all the passing out scholars for their future careers and congratulated all those who had won medals and awards.

Chancellor observed that for the students who were completing their studies and embarking on a new phase of their lives, the Convocation marks the culmination of a period in which they worked hard to complete their courses, pass examinations and compete to win awards. For members of the Faculty the Convocation is an occasion when the teachers feel rightly proud and satisfied that their sustained endeavours to impart knowledge to their pupils have borne fruit and their students have won medals and awards.

Lauding the achievements of the University, Chancellor noted that in the arena of the sciences, particularly Physics, Electronics and Biotechnology, this University has secured outstanding achievements and international recognition.  He complimented the Faculties and scholars who have been involved in successful research projects which have won laurels for this institution.

Chancellor observed that institutions of higher learning assume relevance and become important only when their Faculties and scholars get involved in researching and finding solutions to the major problems which are faced by the people living in the State, in the region and all over the country. He appreciated that the Biotechnology Department of this University is presently involved in researches on certain problems which are faced by horticulturists in our State and in all other parts of the country where apples are grown and observed that culmination of this ongoing research project shall engender an outcome which is truly revolutionary in increasing the productivity of apple cultivation all over the country.

Chancellor stressed the crucial responsibility of the Vice Chancellor and all members of the Faculty to take interest and get involved in the character building of students. He observed that it was extremely important that besides doing well in their studies, and securing degrees and awards, our youth must imbibe moral and ethical values. Every good scholar must also be a good human being and have both the desire and the capacity to work for improving the society to which he belongs and constantly strives to contribute, even if in a very small measure, to building a strong and prosperous India.

Chancellor advised that the men and women who pass out of the Universities need to get meaningfully involved with the resolution of societal problems and should become responsible for utilizing their knowledge and skill for promoting the welfare of  the less advantaged segments of the societies in which they live. He appealed that all those who were passing out must devote at least some of their time and resources towards spreading literacy and undertaking any task, no matter how small, which will contribute towards the alleviation of poverty and promotion of human welfare.

Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister and Pro-Chancellor of the University, in her address, said that it was heartening to note that girls were doing so well in studies.



Booked for corruption, MD Handicrafts suspended

Monitor News Bureau



Jammu, Feb 21: The J&K administration has ordered suspension of the managing director of Handicrafts (Sales & Exports) Corporation, Jasvinder Singh Dua, who was booked by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) last year.
As per a government order accessed by The Kashmir Monitor, Masrat-ul-Islam, the director of handicrafts, Jammu and Kashmir, will hold the charge of the post of managing director of Handicrafts (Sales & Exports)Corporation in addition to his own duties till further orders.
“Pending enquiry, Jasvinder Singh Dua is hereby placed under suspension with immediate effect, in terms of Rule 31 of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1956,” the order read, adding that during the period of his suspension, Dua would remain attached with the office of divisional commissioner, Jammu.
On October 10 last year, the ACB registered a case against Dua and two others — former managing director of SICOP A K Khullar and ex-general manager of SICOP B S Dua.
The case was registered on the basis of verification conducted by the ACB into the allegations against B S Dua, which included illegal appointment of his nephew Jasvinder Singh Dua in SICOP.
“During the probe, it transpired that Jasvinder Singh Dua had a sudden rise — within a span of 16 years of his service. He rose to the post of MD SICOP. Jasvinder Singh Dua had initially been appointed in SICOP as Junior Engineer for a period of three months.
“After approximately three months, his service as Junior Engineer was regularized by then MD illegally and under a conspiracy hatched with B S Dua, then GM, SICOP, who happened to be an uncle of the beneficiary. It has also come to the fore that during the period of B S Dua as MD, SICOP, his nephew got three promotions in violation of rules and norms governing the subject,” the ACB had said.

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Trio arrested in Shopian

Press Trust of India



Srinagar, Feb 21: Security forces on Friday arrested three overground workers of militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, officials said.
Three overground workers (OGWs) of militants were arrested from the Heff area of Shopian in the morning, they said. The arrested persons have been identified as Shahid Ahmad Bhat, Zahoor Ahmad Padder and Bilal Ahmad Tell, the officials said, adding the trio was in their early twenties.
One pistol and some ammunition rounds of various rifles were seized from their possession, they said.

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JKSSB approves 222 posts for 5 new GMCs, 47 posts of other Deptts

Monitor News Bureau



Jammu, Feb 20:The 163rd Board meeting of J&K Services Selection Board was chaired by Chairman JKSSB, Khalid Jahangir here today.

The meeting was attended by Members of the Board: Angrez Singh Rana, M. Shafiq Chak, Pritam Lal Atri, Harvinder Kour, Prof. Tasleema Peer, Controller of Examination JKSSB Musheer Ahmad Mirza, Special Secretary (Legal) Jung Bhadur and Secretary JKSSB Ranjeet Singh besides other officers of the Board.

During the meeting, threadbare discussions were held on various agenda items related to preparation of various selection lists of five new Government Medical Colleges (GMCs), pending court cases, pending selection lists, recommendation withheld cases of various posts and PM Package (Migrants).


The Board approved 269 posts which include 222 posts of various categories for five new GMCs and 47 posts of pending selections.

The Board examined a total of 82 selection files of various categories for five new GMCs and approved 77 selection lists while deferring 5 selection files seeking further clarification from Health and Medical Education Department regarding eligibility and qualification for the post.

Pending selections of Junior Assistant District cadre Doda under item number 60, 02 of 2017, Boiler Mechanic Divisional cadre Jammu under item number 194, 03 of 2016, VLW District cadre Budgam (RBA category) under item number 73, 04 of 2017 under PM Package and Patwari district Budgam (SC category) under item number 364, 06 of 2015 were also approved by the Board and directed the concerned to forward the selection list to the concerned departments for further course of action.

Further, the Board also released 90 recommendations of withheld cases of various posts of different Districts cadre, Divisional cadre Jammu, Divisional cadre Kashmir, State cadre and PM Package (Migrants) and approved 7 cases in pursuance of the directions of Courts related to various categories of posts of pending selections.

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