To foster innovation and entrepreneurship skills among students, the Islamic University of
Science and Technology (IUST) signed key Memorandum of Understanding with three
Government colleges of Kashmir on Thursday.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), led by the Department of Centre for Innovation
and Entrepreneurship Development (CIED) of IUST, was signed with Government Degree
College (GDC) for Women Anantnag, Pulwama, and GDC Awantipora in the presence of
Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Shakil Romshoo along with other dignitaries and
Principals of the concerned colleges.
During the inaugural remarks, Director CIED Dr. Parvez Mir, emphasised the role of
innovation centre in in opening up the spaces for skill-oriented programs and helping students
to overcome unemployment crises in the backdrop of National Education Policy (NEP).
Explaining the broader purpose of MoU’s, Dean Research Prof. A.H Moon opined that it
aims to build an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship among academic hubs, in
which colleges play a major role.
Later, Dean Academic Affairs Prof.Manzoor Malik, stressed on the need for innovation right
from the college level. Mentioning IUST will always be at the forefront of innovation and
boost the innovative ideas and skills among students. Prof. Malik added, “We also need to
bridge the gap between universities and colleges so that both can be mutually benefit. This
can be done via career counselling and outreach programmes for college students.”
Applauding the role of IUST, Principal GDC for Women Anantnag, Dr. Irfan ul Majid,
thanked the University for their Support while hoping that this initiative will prove beneficial
for the students and help them explore different opportunities. While as, Principal GDC for
Women Pulwama, Dr.Yasmeen Farooq, sought the constant guidance and support of
university to help students in training and honing their skills.
Delivering the keynote speech, honorable Vice Chancellor of IUST, Prof.Shakil Romshoo
thanked the guests and Principals of Colleges while laying stress on the importance of
collaboration. He said the university has not only played a key role in excelling the academics
and skilful growth among the students of UT but also in the rest of the country.
“More interaction between Universities and Colleges will in-turn benefit the students in
longer run, Vice Chancellor said. While calling upon other Colleges to follow the suit, he
said, IUST will always welcome and value collaborations aimed at uplifting the students and
upgrading their skills.
Noting that the university has signed multiple such MoU’s this year with many industrial
partners and institutions across India, Prof. Romshoo added such partnerships are important
for the growth and excellence of the students.
Prof. Rumaan Bashir, Head of the Department Computer Science, IUST presented the vote of
Principal GDC Awantipora Prof. Zahida Naseem along with Finance Officer Mr. Sameer
Wazir, Dr.Kaisar Javeed, Associate Professor Department of Computer Science, Dr. Faroze
Ahmad, Associate Professor Electronics and Communication Engineering, Dr. Asifa Baba
Assistant Prof. Department of Electronics and Communication, and other heads and
Professors from IUST graced the occasion with their presence.