Since its inception in 1969, the University of Jammu has grown and developed to become one of Indiaís prestigious universities with its commitment and focus on its core functions of teaching, research, publication, examination and extension.
The University offers around seventy post graduate and undergraduate courses across various faculties. Our research programmes also range across many disciplines, imparting Ph.Dís in 37 disciplines and M.Philís in 26 disciplines. The University of Jammu is an affiliating university with more than 140 affiliated colleges, located at different parts of Jammu province. Our main campus, apart from the teaching departments, also houses the Directorate of Distance Education which has an enrolment of around 16000 students every year. We also have seven functional off site campuses located at Bhaderwah, Kathua, Reasi, Ramnagar, Udhampur , Kishtwar and Poonch, that offer programmes to meet the demand and aspirations of the people living in those regions.
The hallmark of any academic excellence is the highest standards of teaching, research and an environment and culture conducive to learning. It is heartening to inform you that the University of Jammu is making rapid strides in all areas of its functioning. We have made several new beginnings and taken many important initiatives. We are redesigning our academic programmes through introduction of Choice based Credit system, semester system and other examination and administrative reforms. We endeavour to introduce new job oriented programmes that are in sync with emerging national and global trends as well as relevant to the regional and local needs. Providing world class facilities, encouraging sports and extracurricular activities for the holistic development of the students is something that we encourage at the University of Jammu.
As an institution of higher education, we understand our responsibility of increasing access, promoting equity and ensuring quality and excellence. While we realize that there are no shortcuts to excellence, however, I assure you that quality is the guiding principle and cornerstone of the functioning of all key performance areas of the University. Reflecting the University of Jammuís growing reputation, I am glad to inform you that the University has recently been awarded 64th rank in the National Institution Ranking Framework conducted by Ministry of Human Resource Development. Our School of Biotechnology has been ranked ďAĒ grade by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, thereby making it to the club of top Biotechnology Departments of the country. Our Academic Staff College, now known as Human Resource Development Centre , has been ranked 18th in the country by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council , ahead of old established Academic Staff Colleges of many leading Universities of India.
The faculty at University of Jammu is involved in world class research, whether it is through ALICE collaboration at the world laboratory CERN, Geneva or setting up of National Apple Germplasm Repository at its campus in Bhaderwah. Genomic studies on Saffron, study of Glaciers of the Himalaya region, studying biodiversity & conservation of rare & threatened plants, undertaking seismotectonic analysis of the Jammu and adjoining areas, studying conservation and management of Pollinators for sustaining agriculture are some of the works going on in the University which will all go a long way in contributing towards the welfare and betterment of society.
We hope to give an enriching, vibrant and a contemporary learning experience to the students, by keeping pace with the dynamic environment in which we operate .We encourage practices and policies that support healthy student activities. It will be our effort to create an environment where learning takes place both in and out of the campus. Student facilities like Gymnasium, Fitness Centre, Playgrounds, Auditoriums, Health Centre, Hostels, Placement Cell - are all available on the campus for the welfare of the students.
I feel privileged to share that the NAAC, Peer Team shall be visiting the University of Jammu during 27-30 September, 2016 for the accreditation of the University. I extend a very hearty welcome to the worthy Chairman and other distinguished members of the NAAC Team and request all my colleagues in the University to work whole heartedly and put their best efforts forward during the aforesaid visit so that our University scales new heights of excellence. I am of the firm conviction that sincere efforts always result into meaningful outcome.
With my best wishes,
(Prof. R. D. Sharma)