Kashmiri scholar at CUJ gets prestigious NCRI fellowship in rural studies


A Kashmiri research scholar has been awarded the prestigious fellowship on rural studies awarded for the first time by National Council of Rural Institutes (NCRI), Hyderabad on Friday.

Waseem Hassan Khan, a PhD scholar in the Department of Economics, Central University of Jammu (CUJ) has been awarded the fellowship by NCRI for his crucial research on carpet industry of Jammu Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh.

The fellowship has been given for the first time by the Council for studies on rural development. It is among the most prestigious and competitive rural studies awards in India, which funds an academic year of full-time research and writing.

Vice Chancellor of CUJ, Ashok Aima presented the letter of award to Khan at an event held on Friday. It was attended by the Minister of State for Rural Development, Sunil Sharma, Director Information, Muneer-ul-Islam, Director NCRI DN Das,  Assistant Director NCRI, and Head Department of Mass Communication Prof Govind Singh besides Rural Development Department officials, teachers, students and media.

“I would like to thank research guide Prof RL Bhat and faculty of the university especially Dr J Jegannathan of NSS who inspired me for the important study about rural areas. My colleagues also supported me in this endeavour,” Said Waseem.

He said teachers and colleagues were the major supporters for him all along his stay in the university. “They inspired me to work hard. I would like to thank them wholeheartedly today,” he said.


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