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Hope GoI continues support to JK youngsters: CM

Monitor News Bureau






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.



Rail service resumes

Press Trust of India



Srinagar, Nov 12: Rail services in Kashmir resumed on Tuesday – over three months after being suspended due to security reasons in view of the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370, officials said.

Few mini-buses also plied on the Batwara-Batamaloo route through the city centre, while inter-district cabs and auto-rickshaws plied in the city and elsewhere in the valley.

Private transport was plying unhindered.


A railway official told PTI that a train chugged between Baramulla and Srinagar this morning.

He said the train made only two trips on the Baramulla-Srinagar stretch as authorities have directed Railways to ply trains between 10 am and 3 pm only due to security reasons.

The Railways conducted the trial run of the service on the stretch on Monday for the first time in over three months since the unannounced shutdown in the valley.

The official said the Srinagar-Banihal stretch of the railway line would resume in a few days after checking track safety and conducting trial runs.

The train service in the valley was suspended due to security reasons on the morning of 5 August – hours before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate the erstwhile state into two Union territories.

The Centre’s decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley – which completed 100 days on Tuesday — even as authorities imposed severe restrictions which were later gradually eased out.

Markets have been following a new pattern of functioning, opening early morning till around the noon and then downing their shutters to join the protest against abrogation of the special status of the state, officials said.

They said miscreants are using fear mongering to put down any resistance to unannounced shutdown by threatening shopkeepers and businessmen.

The officials said two grenade attacks in the city’s busy Goni Khan market and Kaka Sarai areas were an indication that there were concerted efforts to keep the shutdown going.

Pre-paid mobile phones and all internet services continued to remain suspended since 5 August.

Most of the top level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders including two former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have been either detained or placed under house arrest.

The government has detained former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah under the controversial Public Safety Act.

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Militant killed in Ganderbal gunfight

Monitor News Bureau



Srinagar, Nov 12: A militant was killed and an Army soldier injured in an encounter between militants and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Kulan area of the central Kashmir district in the morning following inputs about the presence of militants.

During the search, the hiding militants fired upon the security forces, who retaliated, according to an officer.


A militant was killed during the gunfight. An army soldier was also injured and rushed to a medical facility for treatment, the officer said.

The identity and group affiliation of the slain militant is yet to be ascertained. The operation is on and further details are awaited, the officer added.

The incident comes after the encounter where two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Bandipora district of north Kashmir on Monday morning, police said.

While one militant was killed on Sunday during a gunfight between security forces in Lawdara village, about 55 km from Srinagar, another was killed on Monday, police further said. The security forces started a search operation on getting information about the presence of some militants in the area which led to the encounter between the security forces and the militants.

The streak of encounters continues as the state of Kashmir remains under an unprecedented lockdown after the abrogation of article 370.

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Unscheduled power cuts affect research in KU

Bisma Bhat



Srinagar, Nov 05: Unscheduled power cuts have severely hit the research work in the University of Kashmir.

 “I am doing research on plant ecology and most of my work depends on high definition equipments which work on electricity. I collected plant samples twice from Gulmarg and kept it in freezer for further examination. For four days there was no electricity and with the result my samples became unusable,” said a research scholar.

 Another research scholar in Kashmir University said due to frequent power cuts their research work is getting affected. “My equipment developed errors due to power cuts. With the result, it started displaying false readings”, he said.


An official in the Kashmir University said over Rs 25 crore have been sanctioned for 50 different projects in the department of biotechnology, clinical bio-chemistry, botany, zoology, nanotechnology, pharmacy, environmental science, physics, electronics and chemistry. 

“The high definition equipment, which works in -80, -20, -120 temperature, are imported from abroad. Regular power cuts are affecting these equipments,” the official said. 

Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Chief Engineer PDD, Qazi Hashmat said Kashmir University being a premier institute should install a backup power system to meet exigencies.

“PDD has proposed to provide dedicated power supply from 33 KV line. Once the university credits the amount, we will start work on installation of the line,” Qazi said. 

Spokesperson of Kashmir University, Professor Shahid Rasool said the issue has not been brought into hid notice. “I will check with the department heads and resolve it as soon as possible,” he said.

Sources said Kashmir University had signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the PDD to provide 24*7 power supply. Sources said two kanals of land was also earmarked for establishing receiving station for uninterrupted power supply.  Sources said Kashmir University is paying Rs 4.2 lakh as monthly electricity tariff to the PDD.

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