With an aim to bring socio-economic changes in Jammu & Kashmir, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr Farooq Abdullah has asked Kashmir University to take up the area as a discipline for its courses.
“New and renewable energy has tremendous potential in changing the socio-economic landscape of our society, besides addressing the growing energy needs. It has huge potential in the Valley, I will take up the matter in New Delhi for the introduction of a course in renewable energy at Kashmir University as has been introduced in other universities in the country,” Dr Abdullah said.
He assured the university authorities of full support for the purpose. “The subject of new and renewable energy and harnessing natural resources of energy has changed the entire world and we need such courses in our university so that our students get professional training and learn how to tap natural and renewable sources of energy which is cheap and environment friendly,” he said.
“The University has already started switching over to renewable energy in some of its newly established buildings and departments. In future three girls hostels would be illuminated with 100KW of energy generated by renewable sources whereas two solar water heating systems are already in use at the boys hostel,” Prof Talat Vice Chancellor of University of Kashmir said.