Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today laid the Foundation Stone of the new education complex named after Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in the Central University of Jammu campus.He said that Central University Jammu is one of the first Central Universities in India to have such an educational complex named after Malviya. He further added that Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya and Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee were among the leading academicians of the first half of 20th century.
Dr Jitendra Singh laid importance on the fact that Jammu is fast emerging as North India’s Education hub and it is a rare instance that many important professional and higher educational institutions have come up in the vicinity including AIIMS, IIT, IIM, two major Universities namely Central University and University of Jammu, four medical colleges including AIIMS, two Government run Engineering Colleges, etc as well as the upcoming North India’s first Biotech Technology Park cum Research Centre and the Bamboo Technology Training Centre.
While appreciating the progress made in recent time with the constitutional changes that took place after August 5th, 2019, Dr Jitendra Singh hoped that the biggest impediment in attracting the best of faculty from across the country for these educational institutions will be overcome. He said, the standard of any institution can be maintained only when there is total professionalism and no compromise in the selection of scholars on the basis of merit and when the institution is ready to facilitate and incentivise best of the faculty from all over to come and take up teaching assignment. In this context, he again referred to Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and recalled that even in those times, Malviya had succeeded in persuading Dr S. Radhakrishnan to give up his teaching job at Oxford and come back to take over as Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
Dr Jitendra Singh also informed that through the Department of Space, North India’s first Space and Research Study Centre has been started at Central University Jammu and Dr. K Radhakrishnan, a world renowned Space Scientist who is also known as the father of Mars Mission, has been appointed as the Advisor.
Dr Jitendra Singh further added that there are essentially two prerequisites for any educational institution to receive a wider recognition and identity;either there should be extraordinary faculty which could produce research publications of international level or there should be exclusive Departments of Study which are not easily available.
Vice Chancellor Prof Ashok Aima , who also attended the ceremony ,in his welcome address, stressed upon various landmark achievements of the University and appreciated consistent support provided by the Union Government.