Srinagar, Jul 11: Today we have taken our relationship with this prestigious institution to the next level by conferring the Most Preferred Client status to the University of Kashmir besides laying the foundation stone of a modern banking center comprising of a Business Unit and a Digital Lounge within the campus. With a promising beginning like this, we will only scale up our operations here and expand the ambit of our relations in all the areas of mutual benefit and collective good.
J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed stated this today shortly after the Vice-Chancellor Kashmir University (KU) Professor Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi in his presence laid the foundation stone for the construction of bank’s own Business Unit and Digital Lounge within the campus of Ka shmir University. Those present on the foundation stone ceremony included Registrar KU Professor Khurshid Ahmad Bhat, Dean Academic Affairs Professor Musadiq Amin Suhaf, Dean Research Professor Zafar Ahmad Reshi, and Dean Colleges Development Council Doctor Nelofar Khan, Bank’s Executive Presidents P K Tickoo, Rajesh Kumar Chhibber, Presidents, Vice Presidents, KU Faculty members, officials and other officers of the bank.
Chairman further said, “As a firm believer in the cross-pollination of ideas between the industry and academia, it has been a long-standing desire to strengthen our already deep ties with the Kashmir University further and we got a perfect opportunity today. Therefore I extend my gratitude to Professor Andrabi under whose leadership we have been allotted land for the establishment of this facility that opens a door for us to provide prompt, hassle-free and state-of-the-art banking services to the faculty, administration, and the students.”
“Alongside, we shall establish a state-of-the-art digital lounge within the premises to provide a world-class facility offering an immersive experience through an array of channels, self-service zone, information and interaction stations besides serving as a business lounge.”
He further said, “Since the inception of our relationship with the Kashmir University, our priority has been to understand your needs and expectations from J&K Bank in serving as your financial partner. I am glad that we have extended our unique product called ‘Phone Pe loan’ facility to the employees of the university.”
“We will also extend the support and counseling to the employees by way of organizing Financial Literacy Camps wherein we shall familiarize you with all of the various benefits and special facilities offered.”, he added.
Commending the authorities for having the university been ranked 47th among the 3000 universities recently by the National Institutional Ranking Framework, he said, “I compliment the entire team for this wonderful feat that places the Kashmir University among the top institutions in the country.”
Reiterating the bank’s larger role in the state, Parvez Ahmed said, “I assure you that we shall continue to play a leading role in catalyzing the socio-economic development of the state.”
Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Professor Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi said, “Mutual business interests don’t always result in forging partnerships. I think the motivation was slightly different here. With J&K Bank, we’ve always felt like a family and this sense of belonging with this bank played the key role besides the charismatic personal touch of the Chairman.”
“Today the bond has been made forceful and we are satisfied with this kind of intent and sense of belonging, which is the best thing anyone could offer us. Today I congratulate the Chairman and his team for bringing the personal touch into motion and making it all possible. It is through bonds like these that the two most prestigious institutions of the state can build a new future.”
He further asserted, “Its moral responsibility of all the institutions to cater to the requirements of Kashmir University for their own benefit because this institution nurtures and nourishes their much needed human resource. Regardless of the dispensation here at KU, this institution is supreme as it imparts education. And I am certain that this relationship with the J&K Bank will further be strengthened in future as well.”
On the occasion demo presentations were made regarding the bank products ‘Phone pe Loan’ and ‘mPay’.
Earlier, in his welcome address Registrar, KU Professor Khurshid Ahmad Bhat said, “I feel proud in welcoming J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmad who was instrumental in making the maiden public issue of the bank a grand success due to which the bank came into the real limelight at both the state and national level. This occasion is a big milestone marking the glorious relations and collaboration between premier educational and financial institutions of the state.” (KNS)