SRINAGAR: University of Kashmir today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Srinagar based Chinar Corps of the Indian Army in Gandhi Bhavan.
“It was a historic day for the UoK, Srinagar and Chinar Corps having established a long term relationship for provision of distance education courses to soldiers presently serving in Kashmir,” a statement issued by the army read.
As per the MoU, the Indian soldiers posted in Kashmir will now be able to enroll themselves in various courses being offered by the Directorate of Distance Education, University of Kashmir.
The soldiers can do courses ranging from six months Certificate Courses to one year Diploma Courses and also two year Post Graduate Courses.
“A total of 18 courses are presently available for enrolment by the Army personnel, which will be increased in due course of time,” the statement said.
The courses featuring in the MoU include MA/ MSc (Mathematics), MA (English), MA (Urdu), MA (Education) under two-year courses and PG Diploma (Computer Applications), PG Diploma (Web designing), PG Diploma (Cyber Law), PG Diploma (Tourism Management) etc. in the Diploma category.
After the formal signing of the MoU, Vice Chancellor of University of Kashmir, Professor Talat Ahmad addressed the gathering, emphasizing on the “core values” of the University.
“Long term MoU which will benefit the soldiers posted in Kashmir,” he said.
The statement further said that GoC Chinar Corps, Lieutenant General D P Pandey in his address “praised the milestone achieved in the field education, which will empower the soldiers of the Chinar Corps in performing their duties in a challenging environment.”
He mentioned that the University of Kashmir, with its rich heritage, culture and academia, will provide a one of the kind opportunity for army personnel and civil defence employees of Chinar Corps to pursue higher educational qualifications, domain specialization and subject matter expertise.
Lieutenant General D P Pandey, GOC 15 Corps, Major General SP Vishwasrao, GOC 31 Sub Area, Professor Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor UoK, Professor Farooq A Masoodi, Dean Academic Affairs, Professor Tariq A Chisti, Dean & Director School of ODL/DDE and other academia including Deans/Heads of Departments and faculty of UoK attended the event, along with senior army officers from Chinar Corps and JAK LI Regimental Centre.