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Jammu, Nov 29 – A contingent of 700 female students from various universities and affiliated colleges of Jammu and Kashmir, currently participating in the two-week “College on Wheels” journey, visited the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore Campus. The unique experiential learning initiative, fully funded by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir UT, aims to break the boundaries of conventional education, providing participants with real-world insights and hands-on experiences.

The visit to IISc Bangalore marks a significant chapter in this educational odyssey, offering an unparalleled opportunity for the contingent to engage with cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art facilities, and renowned academic experts.

“In the heart of IISc, students went round various departments, laboratories, and research centres, immersing themselves in a dynamic environment that fueled curiosity and collaboration. Interactions with leading researchers and scholars provided invaluable insights into diverse fields, sparking inspiration for the participants’ future academic pursuits,” the handout read.

The students seized the unique opportunity for a productive interaction with senior faculty members. These exchanges offered profound insights into various labs, significantly enhancing the contingent’s understanding of cutting-edge research and academic advancements.

During the visit, Prof. Umesh Rai, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu expressed gratitude to Director IISc for extending the facility for the contingent of College on Wheels to visit IISc to get the first-hand experience of technological advancement and its optimum use in the learning process.

“The College on Wheels program is designed to redefine education by taking it beyond the confines of traditional classrooms. The visit to IISc Bangalore exemplifies the commitment of Higher Education Council and the University of Jammu to provide students with a holistic and immersive learning experience,” said Prof. Rai while giving a detailed overview of the initiative to Director and Deans of various faculties at IISc Bangalore.

Envisioned by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, the College on Wheels, a special train exclusively earmarked for the two-week trip of girl students from Jammu and Kashmir to premiere institutions and places of the country, was flagged off from Mata Vaishno Devi University Railway Station Katra on November 19.

The Lieutenant Governor said the College on Wheels is inspired by the life of Mahatma Gandhi, where he undertook an epic tour of the country by train, interacted with people from all walks of life, and awakened the society with universal and eternal values Satya and Ahimsa, Truth and Non-Violence. He exuded confidence that the journey will be a lifetime opportunity to discover diverse regions, culture of the country and to explore new aspects of life and wisdom.

The contingent comprises 780 students along with their mentors and the administrative staff from various universities.

This initiative represents a progressive approach to education, providing students with exposure to top-tier institutions and fostering a deep understanding of academic advancements. The immersive experience at IISc Bangalore is a testament to the commitment of the Higher Education Council and the University of Jammu to shape well-rounded, knowledgeable individuals ready for the challenges of the future.