The prestigious Botany Department of Kashmir University held its alumni reunion on Saturday which was attended by a galaxy of renowned scholars and administrators in both online and offline mode.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nilofer Khan chaired the inaugural session of the Alumni Gathering as the chief guest, recalling the vast contributions of the department in the fields of research and teaching since its inception.
Urging the department’s alumni, who hold different important positions across the country, to continue their engagement with the department, Professor Nilofer said that these alumni meetings are important for the evaluation of the university within the framework of the NAAC which, among other things, also assesses the bond between alumni. and contributions to the University.
“I am pleased to be part of this academic gathering of alumni of the Department of Botany, which is one of the oldest departments on campus with a historic contribution to teaching, research, and academic collaborations,” said said Professor Nilofer, urging students and scholars in the department. perpetuate this rich scientific heritage.
Prominent alumni who shared their experiences at the inaugural session included Professor Sikander Farooq and Professor BA Wafai, former Heads of Department; Prof Sudhir Kumar Sopori, former Vice Chancellor of JNU; Prof Gurcharan Singh, renowned taxonomist, and Prof Manoj K Dhar, former VC Jammu University.
KU Registrar Dr Nisar A Mir, who also shared the dais, said the Department of Botany is the “jewel in the crown of the university” given its outstanding contributions to research and education. education which have contributed significantly to the university’s high ranking in the NIRF and NAAC.
The head of the Department of Botany, Professor Zahoor A Kaloo, highlighted the achievements of the department and the objectives of the alumni meeting. He said it was an opportunity to meet and share knowledge and expertise to enable young students to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors who left an indelible mark on the university’s remarkable history of growth.
Professor Manzoor A Shah, Director of DIQA and Organizing Secretary of the Alumni Meeting, delivered the vote of thanks during the inaugural session, which was attended by Dean of Research, Professor Irshad A Nawchoo, Dean of School of Biological Sciences, Prof. Zafar A Reshi, Controller of Examinations Dr. Majid Zaman, Provost Prof. Aijaz A Wani; former HODs from Botany and his alumni from J&K and other parts of the country.
Later, the alumni discussed the way forward and developed a roadmap for continued commitment to the department’s progress and development.