New Initiatives


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.


Inauguration of SoA at GDC Bemina,Srinagar and College of Nursing at M.A. Road, Srinagar

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.


Officials discussing skill development courses with Education Minister

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.


Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurating Polytechnic college at Doda

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.


Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurating Ustad Ghar at Bemina, Srinagar
Inauguration of GDC Zakura, Srinagar
Academic cum Science Block at GCW Nawakadal, Srinagar
Inauguration of GDC Magam, Srinagar

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.


J&K Hostel within Jamia Millia University, New Delhi
Construction of Hostel within the campus of Jamia Millia University, New Delhi for exclusive use of the students of J&K State has been approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs and is nearing completion.


Education Minister chairing meet of HED Officials

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.

At Delhi, Pr. Sec. HED Dr. Asgar Samoon meeting with board of governors of IIM Jammu with 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.


Interaction of the students of GDC Kargil with Hon’ble CM

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.


Meet of Hon’ble Education Minister with Principal Secretary HED, Finance & Planning to approve Establishment of GDC Drass,Ladakh.

Sanction has been accorded to the allotment of State land measuring 1209 Kanals and 19 Marlas in favour of Higher Education Department, J&K at village Drass for the construction of GDC Drass on 19th Sept., 2017 by D.C. Kargil on the direction of Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department Dr. Asgar Samoon



The State Higher Education Council(SHEC) has given approval for an institute which will offer degrees/ diploma in film, TV, script writing, cinematography and editing.


The IIT hostel at Jagti is ready where rooms are fully insulated and temperature is 5 degree less than the outside temperature. The work on 8 km boundary wall is in progress. The class work for the second session commenced from August, 2017.


IIMC Constructions and students in class
MHRD, GoI has approved establishment of Regional Branch of Indian Institute of Mass Communication IIMC at Jammu. Institute is functioning from Vikas Bhawan (top Floor), JDA Complex Jammu. For permanent Campus at Paloura, Jammu land has been handed over and construction in progress


Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme of Government of India (TEQIP) in collaboration with World Bank is being implemented to improve the quality of technical education system in the country. The four institutions of J&K State that will be covered under TEQIP-III include:
1. Government College of Engineering & Technology, Jammu;
2. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra;
3. Islamic University of Science & Technology, Awantipora;
4. Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri.
A grant of Rs. 60 crore has been sanctioned for these institutions.
Signing of MoU for TEQIP b/w MHRD and HED,J&K


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 Universities

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

GGM Science College Jammu
Govt. P.G. College for Women Gandhi Nagar Jammu

SPMR College of Commerce Jammu
Govt. MAM College Jammu
Govt. College of Education Canal Road 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

Amar Singh College Srinagar.
S.P. College Srinagar.

Govt. Women College M.A. Road Srinagar.
Govt. Degree College Bemina.
IASE, Srinagar.

Cluster Universities have been setup to:

  • To carve a niche in quality education
  • Enhance the higher education institutes in J&K
  • Diversify academics
  • Introduce job-centred vocational courses for the Diploma at UG & PG level
  • Increase Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in J & K
  • Introduce skill oriented courses
  • Introduce integrated degree courses.

School of Architecture

Govt. MAM College Jammu
Govt. Degree College Bemina.

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. .

Nursing Colleges

Govt. Women College MA Road Srinagar
Govt. P.G. College for Women Gandhi Nagar Jammu

For vocationalization two nursing colleges one at Women College MA Road Srinagar and another at Women College Gandhinagar Jammu are in the pipeline

Infrastructure Update...

  • Infrastructure upgradation in State Universities under RUSA

    Creation of Infrastructure for two cluster universities at Srinagar and Jammu and work in progress.Rs 40 Crore each was approved for up-gradation of infrastructure of University of Jammu and University of Kashmir, out of which Rs. 15 crore was released to each of these universities for infrastructure such as Construction of Girls hostel, Purchase of books, Sports equipments, upgradation of Laboratories, Libraries, academic building, administrative blocks, canteens, toilets and computer centers etc.
  • New Hostel for girl students

    Under PMDP, Rs.50 Crore has been allocated for construction of girls hostels in 07 degree colleges of the state, Girls hostels have been approved for GDC Paloura, GDC Thathri, GDC Rajouri, GDC Bemina, GCW Kupwara, GCW Pulwama, GDC Kargil/Leh.
  • Special Package for Flood-hit colleges

    Rs.50 Crore has been provided under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for restoration of Degree Colleges at Bijbehara, Amar Singh College, Srinagar, S.P. College, Srinagar, GDC Bemina, College of Education, Srinagar, GDC Anantnag and GCW Anantnag
  • Development of new Degree college

    Construction work of 28 college buildings is underway in the department at an estimated cost of Rs. 311.68 crore. Construction work of 28 additional blocks including auditoriums, lecture halls, laboratories, libraries, etc is underway in various existing degree colleges at an estimated cost of 131.45 crore.
  • RUSA Engineering colleges at Safapora and Kathua

    Foundation work of Administrative block of Engineering college at Kathua completed. Plinth of Academic block and foundation work of Library block at Safapora completed
  • Model Colleges

    Upgradation work of 3 colleges at Ganderbal, Shopian, and Samba in progress . Construction of boundary wall of the land for IIT, Jammu at Jagti in progress.
  • Upcoming RUSA building in GGM Science College

  • Indoor Stadium sports complex swimming pool canteen Women hostel department of P.G Mathematics BBA and BCA blocks and the cluster University under RUSA in the final stage of completion at Govt. M.A.M College Jammu.
  • 02 Smart classrooms at GDC Doda
  • Construction of Academic block, toilet block, Library, science laboratories under Prime Minister Development Package (TAMEER) for the flood affected degree college at GDC Anantnag.

  • foundation stone of New building of GDC Paloura.