MUZAFFARABAD: Vice Chancellor, University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (UAJK), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi has vowed to work with zeal and dedication to take the institution to new heights of academic excellence.
Addressing a reception hosted in his honor, he said that our next step after building the university’s infrastructure will be to produce highly qualified graduates and researchers so that they can compete with the students of other well-established institutions of the country.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi said that in order to take the institution to the heights of development, it is essential to promote the culture of merit in it, improve the governance system and ensure discipline. He added that these goals can only be achieved when institutions of higher learning are autonomous and enjoyed the academic freedom.
The Vice-Chancellor extended special congratulations to Dr. Abdul Qayyum, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, whose efforts resulted in recognition of Electrical and Software Engineering degrees from the concerned bodies.
He urged the heads of various departments of the university to increase the financial resources of the university through research projects and emphasized that the main objective of opening an engineering department in the University was to provide education on modern technologies to the students on the one hand and to increase the income of the university through various research projects on the other.
Highlighting the role of teachers in improving the quality of education, Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi said that the responsibility of teachers is central in the entire education system without which educational development cannot be imagined.
He advised the faculty members of the university to accelerate their efforts for the development of an educational system with a focus on equipping the youth with competitive practical skills, knowledge, and character building.
Describing youth unemployment as the biggest challenge, the VC AJK University said that universities should provide graduates with effective career guidance and the skills required for corporate sector jobs and also help the students to get as much as they can from their time at the university.
Dr. Kaleem Abbasi emphasized that the role of the higher education sector is very crucial in ensuring composite development of the state by undertaking various research projects such as sustainable and renewable energy sources, tourism promotion, and development of other areas for the overall progress of the country.