Srinagar, Oct 8: Ever since assuming the role of Chairman and CEO at J&K Bank, I have sincerely and seriously been working to forge partnerships with the leading academic institutions of the state.
Staying focused on creating a strong industry-academia relationship, I strongly believe that mutual collaboration in the new fields of research and development will surely help us explore and create fresh opportunities for the socio-economic development of Jammu and Kashmir.
J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed made these remarks soon after handing over the keys of Critical Care Ambulance and 11-seater battery-operated vehicle for differently-abled students to the Vice-Chancellor Kashmir University (KU) Professor Talat Ahmad under the bank’s CSR Program in presence of Registrar KU Dr Nelofar Khan and bank’s Zonal Head Kashmir Central-I Tabassum Nazir.
On the occasion, the bank under its Go Green Initiative also dedicated 100 bicycles for in-campus commute and specially designed 50 comfortable three-seater garden-benches.
The function was attended by Dean KU Prof Zaffar Ahmad Reshi, Dean Academics Musadiq Amin Suhaaf, Controller Examinations Prof Farooq Ahmad Mir, President Kashmir University Teachers Association Muheet Ahmad, HoDs of various departments, faculty members, bank’s Cluster Head Fayaz Ahmad, Head Business Units University Campus Showkat Makhdoomi and other officials of the bank and university.
“As far as our business relationship with this institution of excellence is concerned, we have a longstanding trust of decades at our backs to carry it forward beyond the preferred client-reliable financial service provider status. I am very hopeful that working with the eminent personality like Professor Talat Ahmad, a remarkable blend of research and academic excellence, we will set higher benchmarks in the institutional collaboration for the betterment of society besides strengthening the mutually beneficial bonding,” Chairman said.
The chairman further divulged the aim to reinvigorate relations with Kashmir University and incorporating new age products and customized services for an enhanced client experience.
“It is in this direction that very recently, we both entered into an engagement for Kashmir University as our Most Preferred Customer adding more gravity and privileges to our relations with you, he said.
Furthermore, he expressed his happiness to see the work in progress for establishment of the bank’s Digital Lounge cum thinking space within University premises which will further offer an immersive banking experience to the university with state of the art transaction and digital facilities.
As responsible Corporate Citizens, the chairman stated, “We have in the past come together for various CSR initiatives and we will continue to support more such engagements to help the University achieve its true potential as centre of excellence. We value the contribution of Kashmir University to our state and society in creating reason driven intellectuals for building a rational, successful society and as a mark of our acknowledgment to the hard work of outstanding students, we have already announced institution of Gold Medals to the overall academic toppers of Kashmir University.
Besides, it is a privilege an honor to humbly dedicate the ambulance for health centre of the University, one 11 seater electric vehicle for movement of physically challenged students, Rs. 10 lacs as contribution towards the fund reserved for financially poor students, cycles for in-campus travel convenience as a GREEN initiative for the students of the University.
Citing entrepreneurship and self-employment as twin important areas of engagement between the two institutions, he added, “We are keen to actively support the ideas/ventures seeding out of the KU incubation centers for we see entrepreneurship and self-employment as the way forward for the productive engagement with the youth of the state.”
JK Govt yet to get intimation on ECI teams visit
Srinagar, Jan 23: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to get a formal intimation from the Election Commission of India of a proposed visit of a commission’s team for on spot assessment of the situation for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
Official sources privy to developments on the conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state told that neither the government nor the office of Chief Electoral officer has got a formal intimation from the election commission of India on the visit of a team of the commission expected to make an on spot assessment of the situation before the commission takes a call on the simultaneous conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state or the holding of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections separately.
A top government official on conditions of anonymity told, “We are yet to get both the government and the office of the chief electoral officer is yet to get any intimation on the proposed visit of a team of the election commission of India for on spot assessment of the situation before a final decision on simultaneous or separate conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.
However may be we get a call from the election commission of India on the proposed visit of its team even on January 27 as speculated in some media reports.”
Earlier, there were reports that a team of the Election Commission will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir to review the situation with political leaders and other stakeholders on polls in the state.
“A team of Election Commission will visit the state soon to have a review of situation with political leaders and other stakeholders for holding the elections,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar had said.
On the issue of holding of simultaneous polls, the CEO informed that his office had already taken necessary steps for holding the elections, but decision lies with the Election Commission, who would take a final call at an appropriate time after taking all aspects into consideration.
Injured Habba Kadal youth responding to treatment
Srinagar, Jan 23: The youth from Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area, who was critically injured after CRPF personnel allegedly hurled a stone at him on Tuesday, is responding to the treatment, doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences told The Kashmir Monitor.
Mohammad Younis, who, as per his family, had gone to fetch vegetables, suffered a skull fracture after a stone hit him during clashes in Habba Kadal.
Initially, he was taken to SMHS hospital but the doctors referred him to SKIMS as he was stated to be critical.
Medical Superintendent (MS), SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that Younis is being treated in the surgical observation unit of the hospital.
“Patient is okay. As of now, there is no need to worry. We are closely monitoring him,” he said.
The CRPF spokesman had claimed the youth “slipped and fell down while being chased”.
Weatherman predicts week-long dry spell in Valley
Srinagar, Jan 23: After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather on Wednesday showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department told that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan has issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division on Wednesday.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh of J&K state.
As per a hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has asked the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DCs to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.