Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has said that serious measures will be taken to uphold merit and academic excellence at higher education institutions in public sector universities in AJK.
The President made these remarks during a meeting with Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), who called on the President here at Jammu and Kashmir House. Welcoming the Chairman HEC, the President also facilitated him on his elevation to the post.
During the meeting, various issues related to promoting higher education in AJK and other financial, academic and administrative matters of the public sector universities of Azad Kashmir were discussed in detail.
President Masood Khan had expressed his desire to enhance the outreach of AJK public sector universities and explore collaborations with international universities in the fields of research, split degree courses, and student and faculty exchange programmes. He said that HEC in this regard can play a major role in helping act as a conduit towards achieving these goals.
The President also informed the Chairman of recent developments at AJK Universities, including organizing job fairs, various conferences on CPEC and Kashmir, and inter-varsity sport and speech competitions. He said that AJK universities are also exploring avenues for setting up incubation centres to help promote linkages between academia and the industry.