REGARDING INFRASTRUCTURE:

Out of 97 degree colleges, 65 GDCs are functional in own campuses, while construction work of 23 Degree Colleges is underway out of which 16 Colleges at DH Pora, Kangan, Uttrasoo, Sogam, Paloura, Jhindra, Khour, Gurez, Magam, Banihal, Budhal, Nobra, Zanaskar, Surankote, Tangdhar and Dharmari are targeted to be completed during the current financial year 2017-18 and that of 7 colleges at Khilotran, Kupwara (Women), Zakura-Srinagar (Women), Chatroo, Bani, Gool and Bagi Dilawar Khan (Srinagar) are targeted to be completed during next financial year 2018-19.

RESTORATION OF FLOOD AFFECTED SEVEN DEGREE COLLEGES:

Rs 50 Crore stand released under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for permanent restoration of flood affected seven degree colleges namely GDC-Bijbehara; Amar Singh College-Srinagar; SP College-Srinagar; GDC-Bemina; College of Education-Srinagar; GDC-Anantnag and GCW-Anantnag. Rs 15.47 Crore have been utilized ending March, 2017.

ADDITIONAL GIRLS’ HOSTELS UNDER PMDP:

MHRD has approved Rs. 50 Crores for the construction of girls’ hostels in 07 Degree Colleges under PMDP viz. GDC, Paloura, Jammu, GDC, Thathri, GDC, Rajouri, GDC,Bemina, GCW, Kupwara, GCW, Pulwama, GDC Kargil. MHRD has conveyed its approval for taking up construction work of these hostels and Rs 20 Crore has been approved for release during the current financial year 2017-18. Construction of these hostels has to be constructed on pre-Engineering Technology basis.

HOSTEL FOR J & K STUDENTS IN DELHI:

Higher Education Department, J & K Government has been granting funds to Jamia Millia University, Delhi for building Girls’ Hostel (400 seats) for the students from Jammu and Kashmir state in order to mitigate the difficulty of students from Jammu and Kashmir in finding appropriate accommodation in Delhi during their

RUSA:

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) approved an allocation of Rs 269.01 crore for six components as total outlay for last three years of 12th five year plan on the basis of 90:10 sharing pattern. An amount of Rs 124. 839 crore has been released by MHRD by the end of March, 2017 as central share. The state government released an amount of Rs 14.214 crore as matching state share thereby making the total availability of Rs 139.053 crore. Rs 115.60 crore have been utilized on various components. Six components are Creation of Universities by conversion of Colleges in Cluster, Infrastructure Grants to Universities, Up gradation of existing Degree colleges to Model colleges, New Colleges (Professional), Infrastructure Grants to Colleges, Vocationalization.

INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS TO TWO STATE UNIVERSITIES UNDER RUSA:

Under RUSA, Rs 40 Crore have been approved for up-gradation of infrastructure of the two State Universities viz University of Jammu and University of Kashmir. Rs 31 Crore stands released. Rs 27.61 crore utilized and UC has submitted to MHRD. Renovation/ up-gradation works in both universities is nearing completion.

PROFESSIONAL COLLEGES UNDER RUSA:

MHRD, GoI approved two professional colleges for J&K State at Kathua and Safapora (Ganderbal). Rs 52 crore has been approved for creation of infrastructure for these colleges. Rs 33.14 Crore stand released against which Rs 12.87 Crore have already been utilized for creation of infrastructure of these colleges. Construction work of both the colleges is in full swing. Proposal for creation of 134 posts of different categories for each college stands submitted to the Finance Department.

ADDITIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE :

Construction of additional infrastructure in the government colleges including auditorium blocks, classroom blocks, laboratory blocks, and other maintenance works is under process.

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, (IIT) Jammu :

MoU has been signed on 30th of April, 2016 between Higher Education Department,J & K and MHRD through IIT, Delhi (In-charge IIT, Jammu) setting the ball rolling to set up an IIT campus at village Jagti, Tehsil Nagrota at Jammu. 159 hectares of forest land has been allowed for establishment IIT, Jammu against compensation of Rs 20.04 crore which stand released. Rs 1000 crore has been approved under PMDP for creation of infrastructure for this institution against Rs 60.00 crore has been released. Providing of basic essential facilities viz water and electric supply is underway. Construction of boundary wall has been taken up. Currently the institute offers three UG programmes, B.tech in Computer Science, B.tech in Electrical Engineering and B.tech in Mechanical Engineering with the intake capacity of 30 in each branch. The admission to these programs is done through JEE-Advanced. Maiden academic session of the IIT, Jammu has been started from August, 2016

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM), JAMMU:

MoU has been signed on 24th of August, 2016 between HED, J&K and IIM, Lucknow (In-charge IIM, Jammu). Rs 1000 crore approved under PMDP for establishment of this institution against which an amount of Rs 18.85 crore has been released. Forest land measuring 80 Hactares situated at Jagti Nagrota (Jammu) has been approved for establishment of IIM, Jammu against the compensation of Rs 10.75 crore. Academic activities have been initiated from 7th of November, 2016 from temporary accommodation. A batch of 47 students got internship opportunities in 27 different companies. The defining element of the summer placements this year has been the profiles that have been offered to students across all functional domains like Corporate Banking, Data Analytics, Sales and Marketing, Consulting and Telecom. Out Campus in Kashmir has been approved and land measuring 100 acres at Narkura Budgam identified. Site Selection committee of MHRD visited Srinagar on 06-06-2017 for finalisation of site accompanied by Education Minister, Commissioner/ Secretary Higher Education and other officials.

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MASS COMMUNICATION(IIMC), JAMMU:

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. Land measuring 122 Kanals (State 51K, Forest 37K-18M and JDA 35K) at Bantalab, Jammu has been demarcated and possession has been handed over to the IIMC authorities against compensation of Rs 124.46 lakhs.
The University of Jammu secured 64th rank in National Institutional Ranking Framework, MHRD, Government of India and SMVDU, Katra at 80th rank.
The University of Kashmir has figured among top 100 universities in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF-2017) released by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. The University of Kashmir has figured at rank No 73 in the ranking system, where about 3000 institutions of higher education participated.
G.C.W.Nawakadal, Srinagar and G.G.M.Science College, Jammu has qualified for ranking in National Institutional Ranking framework in the rank band 150 -200 in April 2017.
S. P. College, Srinagar and GDC, Shopian have been awarded A Grade by NAAC in June 2017.

Vocationalization:

9 different vocational courses, which include Hospitality & Catering, Food Processing, Renewable Energy, Textiles, Dying and Designing, Green House Technology etc were identified for introducing them in 20 different colleges of the state. The Department has signed an MoU with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) for implementation of this initiative. An outlay of Rs 7.47 crore has been approved against which Rs 0.76 crore as central share has been received.
FACULTY FOR B.SC. NURSING COLLEGES at GCW, Gandhinagar and GCW, M.A.Road has been appointed on consolidated basis to start the session

Overwhelming response of students for prime minister’s special scholarship scheme (PMSSS)

Since, around 25000 students registered for the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme for the academic session 2017-18, therefore, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) decided to extend the last date for online registration for this session. Also 500 plus diploma students have registered for lateral entry on AICTE portal. This year technical seats have been enhanced to 2800 from 500.

Commissioner/ Secretary Higher Education Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon reviewed the status of online registration for PMSSS and worked out the modalities for counseling of students. Advisor AICTE,New Delhi Sh. Dileep S. Malkhade, Secretary School Education Sh. Farooq A. Shah, Director Colleges J & K, Director School Education, Kashmir, Director School Education, Jammu, representatives of Directorate of Technical Education, J & K Board of School Education, J & K Board of Technical Education and other concerned departments were present at the meeting. Under PMSSS scholarship, upto Rs. 30000 per annum per student is available for general courses, upto Rs. 1.25 lakh per annum per student is available for engineering courses,and upto Rs. 3 lakhs per annum per student is available for medical/ dental courses. Besides every student is entitled upto Rs. 1 lakh per annum as maintenance charges.

MOU of EDUSAT Signed Between Higher Education Department, J&K and ISRO at Jammu
The J & K Government has constituted a knowledge initiative group headed by Advisor to Hon’ble Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo (Chairman), Hon’ble Education Minister Jenab S. M. Altaf Bukhari ( Co-Chairman) , Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon I.A.S. (Member – Secretary), and other two members are Financial Commissioner (Coordination)/ Resident Commission, J&K Government, N. Delhi, Sh. K.B.Agarwal I.A.S., Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sh. Rohit Kansal I.A.S. The group has been constituted to make students of Jammu and Kashmir globally employable by using various means of technology, pedagogy and environment and prepare Vision Document for intervention in skills, teaching, learning, research and innovation.

Governor meets with Hon’ble Minister for Education Jenab Altaf Bukhari, Vice Chancellors of Kashmir based Universities and Higher Education Department administrators at Raj Bhavan- May 12th, 2017.

The Governor reiterated his concern that the educational interests of the entire student community must be vigorously promoted and safeguarded and, under no circumstances, should the future careers of the student community be allowed to get exploited or jeopardized in any manner.

Digital Launch of Cluster Universities Jammu and Srinagar by the Hon'ble Minister of HRD Sh.Prakash Javadekar
Colleges with Potential for Excellence (CPE)
UGC has selected five government degree colleges of the State as Colleges with Potential for Excellence:
  1. Govt. Degree Colleges (Boys), Anantnag
  2. Govt. College for Women, Parade, Jammu
  3. Islamia College, Srinagar
  4. Govt. Degree College, Baramulla
  5. Govt. Degree College, Rajouri
S.P.College Srinagar (1905) and G.G.M.Science College Jammu (1907) were accorded heritage status by UGC. The responsibility of the formulation of conservation plan of these two colleges is assigned to the Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage (INTACH)
Higher Education Department has also established two Architecture Schools at MAM College, Jammu and Degree College, Bemina, Srinagar to bridge the gap in the field of architecture and increase employability of college graduates.
Higher education department endeavours to develop a quality –conscious system for quality enhancement and sustenance. For this, adoption of process of accreditation by NAAC is encouraged as a mandatory quality assurance framework. Jammu and Kashmir has 24 degree colleges accreditated by NAAC and 20 colleges have submitted LOI.
Implementation of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). MHRD has introduced RUSA scheme which has been approved for J&K State on 9:1 funding pattern between central and state governments. An amount of Rs. 123.59 crore as central share against the total allocation of Rs 242.15 crore has already been released by the MHRD. State share of Rs. 11.71 crore against total allocation of Rs. 26.91 crore also stands released.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed between MHRD, GoI and Department of Higher Education, Jammu and Kashmir. The Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar and Dr.Asgar Hassan Samoon (IAS), Commissioner/ Secretary, HED signed MoU for Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (Phase- III).
Infrastructure upgradation in State Universities under RUSA. 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.
Two Cluster Universities were approved under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, one in Jammu and one in Kashmir against total allocation of Rs. 110 crore(@ 55 crore per cluster university). Rs 35.19 crore has already been utilized for creation of infrastructure for these universities. The idea behind the concept of Cluster University is decentralization and making smaller units so that working becomes more flexible and quality is enhanced.
University of Jammu has been recently awarded A+ Grade, thereby making the University a part of elite group of A+ Institutions.
University of Kashmir has been granted the status of Centre with Potential for Excellence in Himalayan Biodiversity by UGC.
SMVDU has established Technology Business Incubator at Kakryal, Katra to identify potential entrepreneurs in northern India, to nurture and support innovations, and develop technology based ideas into independent self-sustaining business as well as to facilitate small-scale business with potential to grow into big industry.
The existing Academic Staff College at University of Kashmir has been upgraded to Human Resource Centre as the quality of higher education rests on the quality of all stake holders- faculty, staff and students.
MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between Department of Higher Education, J&K and Department of Higher Education, MHRD was signed to set-up Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Jagti, Nagrota, Jammu. It is presently functioning at transit campus located at Paloura and is being shifted to transit campus at Jagti, Nagrota during current year.
Rs 1000 crore has been approved under Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP) for creation of infrastructure for this institution, against which an amount of Rs. 18.85 crore has been released.
Permanent Campus with 122 Kanals of land at Bantalab, Jammu has been proposed for IIMC. At present, transit campus at Vikas Bhawan Jammu offers one year P.G. Diploma Programme in Journalism, wherein students are exposed to Print Journalism, TV and Radio News and Production.
MHRD has approved two Engineering colleges at Kathua and Safapora and construction work is in full swing. Rs 52 crore was approved for establishment of these colleges and the first installment of central share of Rs. 11.70 crore stands released for execution of work. Both these colleges are likely to be functional very soon.
Degree Colleges at Ganderbal, Shopian and Samba are being upgraded as Model Degree colleges under RUSA. Rs.12 crore has been approved for upgradation of these colleges and Rs.1.48 crore gas already been utilized.
As per recommendation of 8th Teacher Education Approval Board (TEAB), MHRD has approved up- gradation of College of Education, Srinagar to the level of Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE). The College has been institutional member of Asia Specific Quality Network since 2011.
The Department has introduced Orientation Programmes for newly selected Assistant Professors, both at Government College of Education, Jammu and Institute of Advanced Studies in Education at Srinagar, in order to orient them towards the latest curriculum needs in the subject and general acquaintance to the recent teaching-learning methodologies.
Rs.100 Crore has been approved under PMDP for modernization of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar.
Under PMDP, Rs.50 Crore has been allocated for construction of girls hostels in 07 degree colleges of the state, keeping in view, safety and security of girl students which is the prime focus for the present government.
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.
2 day UDAAN Merge Recruitment Drive on 28th -29th November 2016 held at GGM Science College.
Awareness campaign on Going digital and cashless economy to sensitise the faculty and students thereby ensuring cashless transactions. Workshops and seminars were conducted by SBI, J&K Bank and others to educate the stakeholders for the promotion of cashless economy
Awareness Seminar at GDC Surankot-Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
1st prize in postermaking on Digital India to NSS unit, GDC Kathua organized by Jammu University.
Shivani Bhagat attended in YEP in Srilanka w.e.f 20th Nov. – 2nd 2017.
Yasmeena chib of GCW Parade selected for YEP at Nepal in Feb. 2017.
Angom Manoj of Amar Singh College Srinagar selected for Mt. everest expedition.
5 NCC cadets of Amar Singh college, Srinagar selected as officers in army and 2 cadets as Asst.Commanders in CRPF
Gold Medal to Rajat Choudhary ,NCC Cadet of GGM Science college in Declamation contest at ALC Delhi.
11 cadets each of GGM Science College and Govt. M.A.M College, Jammu selected for Republic Day Parade at New Delhi.
GCW Parade bagged the best NCC Institution award, 2016, Suman Lata bagged best NCC ANO award, 2016
Adil Farooq,BA FinalYear student of GDC Pampore becomes a trendsetter by winning 3 inter-collegiate competitions;2 Seminars on –Impact of Climate change on Agriculture production and Ozone or No Ozone and debate on-Impact of social networking sites on youth
Government MAM College Jammu lifted the 2nd annual Maulana Abul Kalam Azad rolling trophy to commemorate national education day.
GCW Gandhi Nagar lifted 7th northern zone Decalamation contest rolling trophy instituted by the hon`ble Governor, also winners of the B.D Sharma Memorial Trophy.
GCW Parade lifted the rolling trophy in 15th Veerana Aivalli inter-debate college debating competition.
3 days workshop on Swachta and Swachch Ramnagar at GDC Ramnagar in September 2016.
Sushil khajuria Inter-college Symposia to pay homage to the martyr, Sushil khajuria, an alumunus of Govt. MAM College on 27th Sept. 2016.