To make higher education more accessible and affordable to all the sections of people in the State, the Higher Education Department has approved creation of 17 new colleges in the state and also approved 140 posts-- 70 teaching and 70 non-teaching posts-- for each college. Rs. 15 crore is required for the construction of each college besides annual recurring grants to the tune of Rs 1 crore each as salary component with concurrence of State Finance Department.
Higher Education Department , J&K proposed research publications on varied subjects, like Research Journals in Mathematics and Computer Sciences, English, Urdu/ Persian, Arabic, Hindi/Dogri/ Punjabi/ Sanskrit, Kashmiri, Social Sciences/Humanities besides JK KNOWLEDGE INITIATIVE, Research Journal in Sciences which has been registered in RNI under Reg. No. JK/ENG/2017/74073 and newsmagazine HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS started from Jan.,2017. The research based journals would carry research papers contributed by the concerned faculty. The publications aim at to help the students, scholars and faculty to keep them updated about the new developments and innovations in the respective fields at global level. For ensuring quality content and achieving standard benchmark, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Principal Secretary, HED elaborated on the importance of the journals for projecting the Annual Performance Indicators (API) and overall quality enhancement which is vision of the Higher Education Department.
The loss of a language entails the loss of an identity, a culture, concepts and ideas. For the promotion of Languages and culture, Principal Secretary Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon chaired a workshop of Professors of Urdu, Persian and Arabic and Principals at MAM College, Jammu for initiating the research journals in languages and similar meeting was held at A.S. College, Srinagar. Thread bare discussion regarding the content, format and design of the journal was held in the meetings and 65 participants at Jammu and Srinagar submitted on-spot the list of their research papers.
Minister for Education, Jenab Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari inaugurated the first Architecture School in Kashmir at Abdul Ahad Azad Memorial Degree College, Bemina. The Minister inaugurated the institute in presence of MLA Batamalloo, Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Principal Secretary Higher Education, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon and Principal Abdul Ahad Azad Memorial Degree College, Dr Yasmin Kawoosa.
The Minister also inaugurated the College of Nursing at Government College of Women, MA Road. The Minister said nursing is usually pursued by the students from South and North Kashmir and the government wants students of Srinagar too to opt for nursing courses.
Minister for Education, Jenab Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, chaired a meeting of officers to review the introduction and implementation of various skill development courses in schools, colleges and universities. Minister of State for Education, Mrs. Priya Sethi, was also present in the meeting.The meeting included detailed presentations about skill development courses offered in universities,
During the meeting, it was also given out that the Department of School Education has identified several new courses, including those in tourism, self-defense and security, and will introduce these soon, adding that master trainers for these courses have been identified. The Department also informed that different vocational courses are already being taught at 132 schools across the State.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Higher Education, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Secretary School Education, Farooq Ahmed Shah, Vice Chancellor Jammu University, Vice chancellors of Cluster University Srinagar and Jammu, Department Head Education Initiative NSDC, Rekha Menon, Directors of School Education Kashmir and Jammu, Director Technical Education, Mission Director RUSA, Director Colleges, Director lifelong learning Kashmir University, Mission Directors of Udaan and Himayat, Nodal Principals and other concerned officials.
To enhance communication skills, positivity, self belief of our qualified youth and to expose them to the environs of co existence, tolerance, accommodative mindset, full-fledged Personality Development Centers are proposed to be established at various locations.
Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, Hon’ble Chief Minister of J & K, inaugurated various Polytechnic Colleges at Reasi, Kathua, Samba, Doda, Kishtwar, and Udhampur for the skill development and the job avenues of the youth in presence of Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, Minister for Technical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Jenab Moulvi Imran Raza Ansari, Minister of State for Education, Smt. Priya Sethi and other senior officers. The Polytechnic College at Reasi comprised of 16 laboratories, four workshops and two drawing halls. The college having an intake capacity of 120 students had come up at a cost of Rs. 12 crore. The Chief Minister also inaugurated Polytechnic Colleges of similar specifications at Kathua, Samba and also laid the foundation of Polytechnic Colleges at Doda, Kishtwar and Udhampur through online mode. The Chief Minister also laid the foundation of an indoor stadium at Reasi. The Minister of State for Finance & Planning, Sh. Ajay Nanda, who also represents Reasi in the State Assembly, welcomed the Chief Minister for her visit to the area. Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr Mandeep Bhandari; Secretary, Technical Education, Sanjeev Verma; IGP, Jammu zone, S D Singh Jamwal; Secretary, Youth Services & Sports, Hilal Parray; several Heads of Department, officers of district administration and a large number of people were present on the occasion.
Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, Hon’ble Chief Minister J & K, inaugurated Ustaad Ghar at Bemina, Srinagar, laid the foundation of Women’s College at Zakura, Srinagar, inaugurated Faculty Development Centre at Amar Singh College, Srinagar ,and Academic cum Science Block at GCW Nawakadal Srinagar in presence of Minister for Education, Jenab Syed Altaf Bukhari Minister for R&smp;B, Jenab Naeem Akhtar; Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development, Ms. Aasia Naqash; MLA, Batamaloo, Sh. Noor Muhammad Sheikh.
Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Secretary School Education, Heads of several Engineering wings; Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone and other senior officers accompanied the Chief Minister during the tour.
Jenab Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Minister for Education, J & K Government chaired a meeting for expediting work on land acquisition to make Indian Institute of Management (IIM) out-campus functional in Kashmir. The meeting was attended by the Principal Secretary Higher Education Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan, Director Colleges Prof G. M. Tibet Baqal, Custodian General, In-charge IIM Jammu, Joint Director Planning HED and other concerned.
The Minister was informed that a DPR for Rs 163.92 crore has been formulated for development of the proposed site at Narkura, Budgam by concerned Departments & Agencies. Besides, modernization of Diversion channel including extension at Narkura Budgam Nambal (Marshy land) by Irrigation and Flood Control Department from Peerbagh to Narbal Flood Spill channel at a cost of Rs 58.78 crore has been taken up.
The Minister asked the officials of Custodian Department to hand over two separate patches of custodian land measuring 60 kanals and 31 kanals at Shivpora to Higher Education Department for the establishment of Management Development Programmes (MDP) of IIM out-campus at Srinagar.
A high level Committee of MHRD consisting of Director IIM, Lucknow , Joint Secretary. MHRD, Principal Secretary HED, J&K along with Divisional/ District administration of Kashmir including CE’s of R&B/ PHE/ FC/ PDD/ railway officials visited IIM Out Campus at Narkara, Badgam.
Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, Hon’ble Chief Minister J & K, visited the Degree College, Kargil where she laid the foundation of the lecture block and a girls’ hostel. The additional block would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 5.71 crore and the girls hostel would cost Rs. 5.07 crore. On the occasion, the Chief Minister interacted with the students of the college who put forth their various demands. Responding to their demands, Ms. Mehbooba Mufti announced construction of an auditorium at the college and another floor to make more space for students. She also announced two buses for ferrying college students. The Chief Minister announced that Kargil College would soon be covered under her Scooty scheme and introduction of courses like IT, Biochemistry and Statistics at the college. Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh; Chairman, Legislative Council, Sh Haji Anayat Ali; Minister for Education,Jenab Syed Altaf Bukhari also interacted with the students on the occasion.
469 posts have been allotted by HED to various subjects including 123 posts of Assistant Professors for regional languages - Kashmiri, Dogri, Punjabi and 25 for Music, Tourism and Travel-10, Bio-resources-10, Social work-10, Television and film making-12, Public administration-10, Spoken Chinese, French and German -5 each, Food science and quality control-15, Human genetics, Nutrition and dietics, Nursing-10, Water management-10, and other subjects. HED has recruited about 1384 Assistant Professors in various disciplines including Mass Communication, Multimedia and Video production. All the newly appointed AP’s are being given 3-4 weeks orientation training at B.Ed. College, Jammu and Central University, Jammu and B.Ed. College (Now IASE) at Srinagar.
Admission of 40 students for 5 year integrated course in Mathematics has been finalized by KU and classes has been started from 12th June, 2017. Proposal for establishing J&K Institute of Mathematical Sciences (JKIMS) as an autonomous institute of academic excellence, MoA of JKIMS, Constitution of Executive Council and thereby creation of 25 posts has been submitted for approval.
In order to provide higher education to maximum youth, it is proposed to authorise private institutions to run all the degree courses with combination of subjects and advise the concerned universities for their affiliation. At first instance, the private institutions are required to be authorized for running courses consisting of combination of 50 subjects
Cluster University means one major institute will lead three to five institutions in its vicinity.
The Cluster Universities have been established in the state under centrally-sponsored Rashtriya Ucchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) to run series of additional and advanced courses in the existing colleges, laying special thrust on the research, consultancy and extension with one college each in Srinagar and Jammu cities as lead college for these universities
Cluster University Jammu comprises of GGM Science College, Government MAM College, SPMR College of Commerce, Government College for Women Gandhi Nagar and Government College of Education Canal Road.
Prof. Anju Bhasin has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor Vice-Chancellor of Cluster University Jammu
Similarly, Cluster University, Srinagar comprises of Amar Singh College Srinagar, SP College Srinagar, Women College MA Road Srinagar, Government Degree College Bemina and the College of Education, Srinagar.
Dr. Sheikh Javid has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Cluster University Srinagar
Cluster Universities have been setup to:
The J&K Government ordered setting up of two schools of Architecture in the state. According to an order issued by the Higher Education Department one in Kashmir which has setup at GDC Bemina and another at Govt. MAM College Jammu with intake capacity of 40 students each.Classes for the Ist batch are expected to start in August,2017. .
For vocationalization two nursing colleges one at Women College MA Road Srinagar and another at Women College Gandhinagar Jammu are in the pipeline