“You have come here unprepared and now fooling Raj Bhawan, believing that Raj Bhawan is ignorant of the activities happening on the University campus”
Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, who happens to be chancellor of the University of Jammu, apparently lambasted registrar of the University, Prof Aravind Jasrotia during recently concluded 87th University Council Meeting, held here at Raj Bhawan Jammu.
According to sources, privy to the incident, Lieutenant Governor was ‘disappointed’ with the approach of the University administration in general and registrar in particular.
“Lieutenant Governor lost his temper when he found the Registrar of the University trying to evade important queries,” maintained sources, adding that the discussion was about roster for appointment of faculty under different categories.
Sources asserted that when Manoj Sinha asked the Registrar of the University about the status of roster, Prof Aravind Jasrotia appeared ‘clueless’.
“When Registrar was asked about the present status of roster of faculty in different departments, Prof Jasrotia tried to evade, which triggered Lieutenant Governor,” informed sources, quoting Lieutenant Governor, sources said, “You have come here unprepared and now fooling Raj Bhawan, believing that Raj Bhawan is ignorant of the activities happening on the University campus.”
In response, Prof Aravind Jasrotia made a futile attempt to defend himself, saying “I had all the records, but I’m unable to recollect it.”
This further enraged Lieutenant Governor, who said, the Registrar is the guardian of the University and such an approach brings bad name to the entire University. Chancellor directed the University administration to ensure that the reservation policy of the UT Government is fully implemented.
Sources further stated that Chief Secretary, Arun Mehta, who was also part of the meeting questioned the Registrar for bringing already approved matters before the council.
“You should not make the Agenda file heavy by including even those matters which already stand resolved and approved,” said sources, quoting the chief secretary.
Earlier, Manoj Sinha emphasized on outcome assessment and increasing graduate employability. He also called for a study based on the vision document’s objective to assess the impact on economic growth and social progress.
“We are moving ahead with new resolve in the education sector. We have high expectations from the Higher Education Council in developing a roadmap to restore the ancient glory of Jammu Kashmir in the education sector and using knowledge to enhance its growth and development,” observed the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor sought active participation of Universities and reputed educational institutions in the successful conduct of the ensuing G20 event in Jammu Kashmir. He further asked the universities to conduct seminars and discussions at the G20 conference.
The Lt Governor also invited valuable suggestions from the members of the council for effective and result-oriented execution of the vision document.
Empowering Women by way of establishing the ‘Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board’ to promote capacity building, literacy and employment among the young girls/women and developing University of Jammu as a vibrant & thriving hub of cultural & co-curricular activities were also discussed.
The Council further held discussion on a common admission portal for all the universities of the J&K UT; sharing of human resources between universities; 360 degree feedback system; identifying gaps in implementation of NEP-2020; creation of digital database of universities; sharing of resources; adherence to the biometric attendance; Nasha Mukti Abhiyaan etc.
When contacted, Registrar of the University of Jammu, Prof Arvind Jasrotia he expressed his ignorance.
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