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SRINAGAR: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) functionaries Monday met Hon’ble Minister of Higher Education, Mr. Imran Raza Ansari and discussed various important issues. Prof. N.A. Nadeem, Dean School of Education and Director Skill Development, Prof. M. Afzal Zargar, Registrar, Haji Bashir Ahmad, Financial Officer and Prof. Nighat Basu, Coordinator, Teacher Education and Chairperson Women Empowerment Committee also attended the meeting.


Prof. Nadeem gave a detailed presentation about the Design Innovation Centre, its mode of operation the coordination needed between higher Education Department of the State and CUK so that all the programmes are implemented and executed smoothly within the stipulated time. The minister was informed that MHRD Government of India has recently sanctioned Design Innovation Centre (DIC) through an open competition along with GTU and IIT Roorkhee with an initial grant of Rs 10 crores to be spent in 2-3 years, which is first of its kind in the State.


Speaking on the occasion, Prof. M. Afzal Zargar briefed the Minister about the Skill based courses already going on in CUK and apprised Mr. Imran Raza Ansari about the process of shifting of CUK to Ganderbal. Minister of Higher Education, Mr. Imran Raza Ansari appreciated the efforts of the CUK in addressing to the needs of student community and youth in particular. He assured all sort of cooperation and support for establishing spoke centres of DIC in six-degree colleges including Government Degree College Kargil, Islamia College of Science and Commerce, Srinagar, Degree College Budgam, Degree College Magam, Degree College for Women Anantnag and Baramulla.