Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir has said that new disciplines including Mass Communication/Journalism, International Relations and Tourism will be introduced at the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir University (UAJK), Muzaffarabad, helping prepare students for the professional world on modern academic lines.

The President made these remarks during a meeting with Prof. Dr. Kaleem Abbasi, Vice Chancellor UAJK, who called on him at the Presidency here today.

During the meeting, the VC apprised the President of various academic and administrative issues relating to the University. He informed that recently an MoU had been signed with Academy of Competitive Exams (ACE) – a leading competitive examination preparatory academy – wherein the University will provide all basic facilities to the academy for starting classes here in Muzaffarabad. He said this will be the first academy of its kind where students from all over Azad Kashmir will be able to prepare for the Central Superior Services exam, other competitive examinations, entry tests and recruitment exams conducted by the public service commissions. The President commended this initiative saying that this would help our students receive the requisite guidance and preparation needed to successfully compete in such examinations.

President Masood Khan said that upholding merit will be our foremost priority. He said that strict adherence to merit will be ensured for all recruitments, promotions and admission in the public sector universities of AJK. He also underlined the need to follow the designatedmquotas and not deviate from the prescribed rules and regulations for appointments.

President AJK – who is also the Chancellor of AJK Public Sector Universities – said that matters relating to the establishment of the Neelum sub-campus will be settled on priority. He was also informed that documents relating to funding of the project have been submitted, to which the President assured that the issue will be taken up with the Ministry Planning and Development for its timely funding and execution.

The President was also informed that Peshawar University has also approached UAJK to explore avenues for student exchange programs facilitating International Relation students of Peshawar University in studying various courses at the Kashmir Studies Centre at UAJK. This step, said the President will help in fully understanding the genesis and current dynamics of the Kashmir issue helping promote academic deliberations and discourse on this very pertinent issue.

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