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University of Jammu, ASCOMS Hospital sign MoU for conducting Genomics Study in Cancer

Dr Pavan Malhotra, Director Principal, ASCOMS (L), Prof. M.K. Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu ( C) and Prof A.S.Jasrotia, Registrar, University of Jammu (R), at the MOU signing ceremony.

An MOU between the University of Jammu and ASCOMS & Hospital was signed for conducting Genomics Study in Cancer. The MOU signing ceremony was presided over by the Vice-Chancellor University of Jammu, Professor Manoj Kumar Dhar.

The MOU aims to create means for cooperative efforts between the University of Jammu and ASCOMS to affect the academic and clinical interchange of faculty, PG students, Post-doctoral fellows and students under an academic exchange programme and provide the foundation and framework for research in other human diseases as well. This historic MOU is the first of its kind between a Private Medical College and the University of Jammu to encourage the biomedical research collaboration in the areas of mutual interest, with Cancer Research being the initiator where the American Oncology Institute ASCOMS will provide the clinical material, and the Genomics study will be done at the University of Jammu.

Speaking on occasion, Professor Dhar, Vice-Chancellor University of Jammu, appreciated the efforts of both the institution to collaborate in the field of Human Genetic Research, especially in Cancer Genomics. He believed that the two institutions should also explore the other research areas as the number of diseases rises.

He stated that such kind of research activity would be beneficial for maintaining the good health of society at large. Dr Pavan Malhotra, Director Principal ASCOMS, while deliberating on this historic moment, stated that the incidence of cancer is on the rise and the genetic predisposition needs to be looked into to contain the fast spread of disease which is aiming to take the shape of an epidemic. He reiterated that the genomic studies would help identify the cause of this dreaded disease. In her address, Professor Seema Langer, Dean Life Sciences, stated that the MOU signing in Cancer Genomics is a welcome step for researchers of both the institutions for the better healthcare of society. She also noted that genetic dysfunction in cancer would help treat the disease more scientifically.

The function proceedings were conducted by Dr Parvinder Kumar, Institute of Human Genetics, Department of Zoology, University of Jammu. The MOU was signed by Prof. Arvind Jasrotia, Registrar University of Jammu and Dr Pavan Malhotra, Director Principal ASCOMS and was witnessed by Prof. Seema Langer, Dean Life Sciences and Mr Vikrant Singh, Regional Head (Finance) American Oncology Institute – ASCOMS. Among others who were present in the MOU signing ceremony were Prof. Sanjna Koul, Prof. B.K. Bajaj, Prof. Nisha Kapoor from School of Biotechnology, Prof. Piyush Malviya, Prof & Head Environmental Sciences, Dr Rakesh Kumar from Zoology Department.


Delegation of Jammu University Teachers’ Association calls on Lt Governor

Today, the office-bearers of the Jammu University Teachers’ Association called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhawan.

The delegation led by the President of the Association, Prof. Pankaj Srivastava, submitted a memorandum of demands to the Lt Governor pertaining to various welfare issues of the teachers of the University including promotion under CAS; grant of earned leave and enhancement of the age of superannuation to 65 years in favour of teachers, and various other benefits as per UGC regulations, besides establishment of housing society exclusively for University teachers.

The Lt Governor, while interacting with the delegation members, advised them to make continuous efforts to create a conducive environment for learning and innovation in the University.

The Lt Governor assured them that the issues projected would be looked into meticulously for their early redressal.

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JKP Border Battalion aspirants submit memorandum to Div Com Jammu

Today, a delegation of aspirants seeking recruitment in the Jammu and Kashmir Police Border Battalion called on Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer.

The Aspirants apprised the Divisional Commissioner that they had applied for the post of Head Constable advertised by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Recruitment Board in 2019 and appeared in Physical and medical tests. But now, the JKP HQRS (police recruitment board) has reissued an advertisement notification for the recruitment of Head Constable in the border battalion.

The Aspirants demanded the withdrawal of the new advertisement issued by JKP HQRS. They further appealed to conduct the written examination of already qualified candidates and give a separate ad for more vacancies.

The Divisional Commissioner gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured that the matter would be taken up with police authorities.

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Jammu Police Foils Bovine Smuggling Bid, 2 Arrested

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Nagrota police recovered six cattle from a stubble-laden truck going from Jammu to Kashmir. The accused had made a wooden box inside the vehicle. Although cattle were kept hidden inside this box, the top and front of the box were loaded with straw so that the police personnel posted at the checkpoints did not even know that cattle were being smuggled in the truck.

The vehicle driver, Obad-ul-Rehman resident of Belicharana and his companion Murad Ali resident of Belicharana, Satwari, were arrested. A case was registered against both of them at Nagrota police station for violating the order of the district commissioner and cruelty to cattle. The police are not even denying that the accused must have stolen these cattle from somewhere. The interrogation of both is on.

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On the midnight of Wednesday, Thursday, on strong information about cattle smuggling, police personnel blocked the Ban toll plaza on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. During this, vehicle number JK02AW-5753, carrying straw from Jammu to Kashmir, was stopped by the police personnel for investigation. However, when the people in the vehicle were asked about their destination, they could not answer satisfactorily.

Due to suspicion of the words of both the occupants of the vehicle, the police personnel searched the vehicle. When the stubble was removed, the police personnel found a wooden box inside the vehicle. When I looked inside the box, there were cattle there. After the cattle were recovered from the vehicle, the people tried to run away, but the police personnel did not let them escape. The vehicle was seized on the spot. Both the passengers in it were taken into custody.

Amish Mahajan

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