On September 12 in Srinagar, the University Grants Commission-Human Resource Development Centre (UGC-HRDC), University of Kashmir (KU), in collaboration with the University Grants Commission and the Indian Knowledge Systems Division, Ministry of Education (MoE), kicked off a six-day short term training programme on Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS) at the main campus of the university.
The Registrar of the University of Kashmir, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Mir, who was the chief guest at the event and spoke about the significance of such programmes in praising our cultural values, stated that this initiative is the first-of-its-kind on the campus and was carried out at the direction of the Honourable Vice Chancellor, Professor Nilofer Khan, and that it will connect the teaching fraternity with the past and assist them in realising the potential of our rich culture.
He said that, “Through such types of programmes, we are able to understand the diverse intellectual activities of our nation,” and he went on to say that the centre (UGC-HRDC) is playing an active role in the university by bringing teaching and research up to worldwide standards. Additionally, the curriculum will assist the teaching staff in comprehending the function that this aspect plays in the overall academic endeavours of a student.
Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad Darzi, Director of the UGC-HRDC, remarked about the significance of this kind of training, which would familiarise the participants with the indigenous cultural roots. He emphasised the need for such an experience.
Prof. Mushtaq underlined the importance of HRDC in upgrading the teaching standards of higher education departments all throughout India while providing an overview of the structural framework of the programme as well as the topics that will be addressed over the course of the six days.
Anurag Deshpandey, Coordinator of the Faculty Training Programme (FTP) at the Indian Knowledge Systems Ministry of Education, gave a talk to the attendees on bringing the Indian Knowledge Systems to the teaching community in higher education.