Masood urges teachers, students to take advantage of new technologies

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Mohammad Masood Khan has urged the teachers and students to catch up with the pace of changing scenario of the developed countries and take advantage of the emerging technologies to make teaching and learning process more easier, faster and technology based.

Addressing a ceremony after inaugurating the newly constructed girls hostel of the University of Kotli on Monday, he said the educational institutions needed to refocus on their learning process and studies, and find out whether their programmes were adequately preparing the students for present and future needs or not.

Besides others, the ceremony was also addressed by Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Dr Syed Dilnawaz Ahmed Gardezi and attended by deans, heads of the departments, faculty members, administrative staff and a large number of students.

Earlier the AJK president and guests observed the exhibition of a drone, developed by a student of IT Department of the university.

Referring to the drone’s exhibition, President Masood said he was excited to witness the practical approach of the faculty and the students for the conversion of knowledge into practice by the Department of IT.

“I am sure this is not the only effort of one department but all departments would be performing in the same way and I would like to see at least five patents and Industrial products of the University of Kotli in next couple of years, ” he asserted.

He said teaching programmes at the university were emerging technological fields, besides the well-established fields of Business Administration and Social Sciences related to human development.

He praised Higher Education Commission (HEC) for providing generous financial support to the University of Kotli to develop its basic infrastructure and improve the learning environment.

“Approval of a mega project worth Rs 1. 38 billion by the HEC for developing basic infrastructure of the university will reshape this institution with state of the art facilities based for teaching and learning as well as research and creation of knowledge, ” the AJK president observed.

He said the girls hostel constructed with the cost of Rs132 million under the HEC umbrella project would provide safe and secure environment for the female students of the university. The progress of the University of Kotli in short span of time, since its inception was praiseworthy, he added.

“The collective wisdom, efforts and dedication of administration, faculty and students of the university will soon bring this institution as the most prestigious seat of learning within the country and at international level, ” Sardar Masood said.

AJK President, who is also chancellor of the university, said another facility provided by HEC through the Pakistan Education Research Network (PERN) and Smart University projects had facilitated the faculty and the students with high speed 24 hours Internet for accessing the free ‘on-line learning’ resources.

He said the Smart University project helped the administration and academics to monitor the class room teaching, laboratory activities and outdoor involvement of the students within the campus besides surveillance of the security of the campus.

While appreciating the efforts of the project planning and its implementation by officials of the University for Adeptly Managing the resources, Sardar Masood said he was told that there were 13 projects of similar nature funded by the HEC to different universities of remote regions and the University of Kotli was the first one to complete that project.

“Let me congratulate the team of the University of Kotli for this great achievement, I hope the female students will be provide best services in most conducive environment for studies and character building while staying at this hostel, ” the AJK president added.

He also appreciated the university for organizing many important events including International Science Conference, CPEC Seminar, and Job Fair, series of motivational, walks, sports events and social activities within and outside the campus.

The president on the occasion also distributed 35 laptops among the students of the university who performed well in various disciplines.