On the auspicious occasion of 15th Founder's day of the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, I take the opportunity to congratulate the Hon'ble Chancellor of the University, Faculty members, Administrative officers, Non-teaching Staff, Students, and all the well-wishers of the university, for their unstinted support and valuable contributions. Instead, the 15th of December 2004 has been registered as the 'Red-letter Day' in the history of the Pir-Panjal region. The beautiful campus of our university came into existence, soon after the foundation stone was laid by the then Hon'ble Chief Minister and Chancellor of our University, Late Jenab Mufti Mohammad Saeed sahib. I feel greatly privileged to be the Vice-Chancellor of BGSBU. I have joined the University on October 28, 2015 with great enthusiasm and sanguinity to bring qualitative change in the academic and administrative functioning of the university. From day one, I have engaged and steered my team to work hard and act like a catalyst to transform BGSBU to a student-centric, discovery drive University, to cater to the educational needs of the region and serve the community, society, state, and nation at large.
I am glad to say that all stakeholders have extended their whole-hearted support at every step in moving ahead. Notwithstanding the inherent issues, the university is grappled with, we are progressing steadily to make the campus academically vibrant, enjoyable, safe and comfortable for the students, staff, and faculty. In the last one year, three nursing colleges have been established at Rajouri, Jammu, and Kishtwar, in record time and several new academic programs have been added. We have initiated six infrastructural projects, massive renovation work, and conveyance facility from downtown to campus and within the campus, opened gymnasium for boys and girls, and much more is on the anvil including installation of Wi-Fi facility in the campus. We have adopted a choice based credit system (CBCS) in all PG Courses and are trying to synergize traditional chalk-and-walk based classroom teaching with anytime-any-where learning by taking advantage of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on 'SWAYAM' platform. I take the opportunity to express my thanks and gratitude to all well-wishers of BGSBU for their role in our mission to transform BGSBU from a teaching University to a Teaching and Research University, in the next few years of my tenure. Let us keep on working as a team and maintain he pristine ecosystem and healthy environment in our campus, to make it attractive to the best of the faculty, staff, and students from across the globe.
My dear colleagues and students, in order to bring the desired qualitative change, we have redefined our priorities and adopted market-driven approaches in higher education, employing state-of-the-art pedagogical and research tools. It now necessary to generate extramural funding for research, produce more NET/SLET qualified scholars, initiate entrepreneurship/venture capital/business centers and innovation clubs, create a peaceful academic environment and maintain decorum on the campus. I also urge all stakeholders to work collectively for the educational upliftment and empowerment of the underprivileged people of the Pir-Panjal region. Let us all travel the extra mile with the positive energies in pursuit of all-round excellence, and to become global citizens. I wish that we all should work in tandem to make BGSBU twinkle on the national educational map, amidst the top ranking universities of the country. Indeed, with the concerted efforts of all concerned, BGSBU is progressing exponentially and geared up to render seminal contributions in nation-building and creation of knowledge society.