Newly appointed vice-chancellor (V-C) of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University (HPAU), Palampur, KK Katoch on Monday called upon students to utilise facilities to achieve academic excellence.
He made the appeal while addressing students of the four constituent colleges of the university, teachers and non-teaching staff.
Elaborating on the tradition and outstanding track record of the university in academics, Katoch exhorted students to use academic, sports, cultural and other facilities provided by colleges and the students' welfare organisation.
Assuring students to provide better environment for academic pursuits and overall development of their personality, the V-C spoke on the importance of time management, discipline and adjustment.
He advised students to simultaneously prepare for national-level competitive examinations to bring laurels to the university. Katoch said efforts had been initiated to form an association of the university's alumni.
“The university has been a ragging-free campus and efforts will be made to continue the trend,” Katoch said. He apprised new students of the anti-ragging act and advised senior students to provide a congenial atmosphere to new entrants to make them feel comfortable.
The V-C said a qualified counsellor might be roped, besides strengthening the existing advisory system so that students may share their problems with professionals.
HPAU students' welfare officer Dr YS Paul elaborated on the constituent of various committees to control ragging.
Earlier, the vice-chancellor held a meeting with HP Agriculture University Teachers' Association (HPAUTA), Veterinary and Animal Science Teachers' Association (VASTA) and HP Agriculture University Non-Teaching Employees' Union (NTEU). He discussed with them various programmes for the development of the institution.