Muzaffarabad; Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has said that concrete steps will be taken to promote a culture of research and innovation in the public universities of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, making them centres of academic excellence in the region.
The President made these remarks during a meeting with Prof. Dr. Kaleem Abassi, who called on the President here at the President House.
During the meeting, the Vice Chancellor briefed the President – who is also Chancellor AJK Public Sector Universities – on various matters relating to the University academic and administrative affairs. He also informed the President of the progress on the King Abdullah campus being constructed at Chattar Kallas.
President Masood Khan expressed his satisfaction on the ongoing progress and urged that students be provided modern academic facilities, including state of the art laboratories and allied equipment. He highlighted the need to promote research-oriented academic activities focusing on encouraging innovation and inquisitive thinking.
The President also emphasized to speedily move with the introduction of new disciplines at the University and take the requisite steps for initiating degree classes for Mass Communication, International Relations (IR) and Tourism. He said that tourism in AJK has massive potential and bringing in professionals to this industry will help establish it as a full-fledged industry.
The Vice Chancellor also apprised the President of progress on the Neelum sub-campus of the UAJK. The President advised making the Neelum sub-campus fully functional and ready for the coming academic year.
President Masood Khan said that upholding merit will be our foremost priority for all recruitments, promotions and admission in the public sector universities of AJK.
“By upholding merit and aiming for academic excellence, we will be able to bring our universities up to par with other leading and prestigious universities of the country and region”, said the President.
Government committed towards promoting transparency, accountability and meritocracy: Masood Khan
Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has said that the Office of the Auditor General is the prime institution for ensuring public accountability and fiscal transparency in governmental operations promoting financial efficiency and effectiveness and in turn minimizing misappropriation and waste.
The President made these remarks during a call on by Mr. Rana Hassan, Director General Audit AJK, who on behalf of Mr. Javed Jahangir, Auditor General AJK, presented the President with the Performance Audit Reports on “Rathoa-Haryam Bridge” and “Strengthening of Accident and Emergency Services at Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Muzaffarabad”.
While briefing the President on the Performance Audit Report of Rathoa-Haryam Bridge, the DG Audit said that the project has seen considerable time and cost overrun. The report recommended the effective planning and designing of such projects keeping in view of external factors in order to avoid delays. He informed the President that major reason for setbacks in the completion of such projects is the delay in funding from the departments concerned and lack of proper supervision and strengthening of internal control.
Mr. Rana Hassan also briefed the President on the Performance Audit conducted by the Office of the Accountant General on ‘Strengthening of Accident and Emergency Service Delivery at AIMS’. He informed that overall AIMS has seen considerable improvements over the years, yet there is space for improvement especially in delivering quality service to patients. He also said that emergency services provided at the Hospital were satisfactory and the patients were provided free medicines in the emergency ward. The report also recommended developing an adequate patient Management Information System (MIS) in order to strengthen internal controls and enhance service delivery to the patients.
President Masood Khan commended the efforts of the Auditor General and his team for presenting their performance audit reports on projects and institutions of public interest. He said that the current Government is focusing on promoting good governance by ensuring accountability, transparency and meritocracy.