CLUSTER UNIVERSITY OF JAMMU: Mr. Zaheer Abbas Hashmi retired I/C Principal , GDC Bhaderwah has been appointed as the Controller of Examinations for a period of one year.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEET AT CENTRAL UNIVERSITY JAMMU

School of Education Central University Jammu conducted first advisory committee meet under PANDIT MADAN MOHAN MALVIYA MISSION ON TEACHERS AND TEACHING(PMMMNMTT) to seek reflection and opinion on the Action Plan devised.

V.C. CUJ Prof. Ashok Aima presenting Memento to Pr. Secty.HED Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon

NAAC PEER TEAM VISITS CUK

The six member team comprising Dr. B.P. Sanjay, former Vice-Chancellor , Central University of Tamil-Nadu,(Chair-person) Dr. Shorosimohan Dan Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Burdwan, Prof. Sanjeev Sonvane, Dr, Ambedkar Bhawan Savitribai Phule Pune University, Prof. S. C. Bagri, Himgiri Zee University, Prof Ramballav Roy, Goa University, Prof. R.G.B. Bhagavat Kumar visited Nowgam Campuses, Sonawar Science block, Ganderbal old campus, and upcoming permanent campus of the Central University, Kashmir.

JU HOLDS 112TH SYNDICATE MEETING

The University of Jammu held its 112th Syndicate meeting under the Chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor, Prof. R.D. Sharma. Registrarof the University, Dr. Meenakshi Kilam, presented 42 items in the meeting, including Re-evaluation in P.G. Diploma Courses, Guidelines for Admission to the Students, Rules for the use of Dhanvantri Library, Introduction of B.E in the UIET, B.Sc. Nursing & B. Architecture, Relaxation of JUET score in favour of specially-abled candidates, Adoption of SRO 217 and expansion in the constitution of Planning Board. The action taken on previous items was also confirmed. The Syndicate meeting was attended by Principal Secretary to Govt., Finance Department, Navin K. Choudhary, Financial Advisor (Universities), J&K Government Prof Darshana Kumari, Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Jammu,Prof. D. S. Jamwal, Dean Faculty of Mathematical Sciences, University of Jammu,Prof. Azra Nahaid Kamili, Dean Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Kashmir,Prof. Arif Wani, Dean Faculty of Engineering, University of Kashmir, and other dignitaries.

FIRST ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL IN KASHMIR WAS INAUGURATED AT ABDUL AHAD AZAD MEMORIAL DEGREE COLLEGE, BEMINA - 22/09/2017

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

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS - 2017

Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon Visits Degree Colleges At Ladakh-18th -23rd Aug., 2017.

  • On 18th Aug. 2017, Principal Secretary, HED visited the proposed site for the construction of GDC Drass and approved the construction of the boundary pegs around 1209 Kanals of land for GDC Drass.
  • On 19th Aug.,2017 Principal Secretary, HED visited GDC Kargil and received Hon’ble CM , Hon’ble Education Minister and other dignitories and HCM laid foundation stone of Girls’ hostel and Lecture block in the college
  • On 20th Aug.,2017 Principal Secretary, HED visited Govt High school, Darkoon and the staff and students there put forth various demands for the upgradation of the school.
  • On 21st Aug., 2017 Principal Secretary, HED visited GDC Leh and had detailed interaction with the staff and students of the college and had detailed interaction with rhe students and staff. It was decided to start NCC activities in the college.
  • On 22nd Aug., 2017 Principal Secretary, HED visited HSS Turtuk, HSS, Buygdang and delegation there demanded new colleges. Later on, he visited temporary campus of GDC Nobra.

PROMOTION OF ALL REGIONAL LANGUAGES IN J & K

The Minister for Education, Jenab Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari chaired a meet to promote all regional languages in Jammu and Kashmir. Minister of State for Education, Mrs. Priya Sethi was also present on the occasion. The meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary Higher Education, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon and officers from different Universities of Jammu and Kashmir. On the occasion, Bukhari sought details of faculty strength for the language courses being taught in various universities across the J&K. He directed the Principals of the various Colleges that they should make efforts to promote the regional languages in their respective colleges.

The meeting also discussed various issues regarding the better functioning of educational institutions for further improving the academic scenario in the State.

Promotion of Commissioner / Secretary, Higher Education Dr.Asgar Hassan Samoon, IAS to Principal Secretary to Government, Higher Education on 28th July, 2017.

KNOWLEDGE INITIATIVE WORKING GROUP HOLDS SEVERAL MEETS

Knowledge Initiative Group discussing various proposals on educational scenario in J&K

Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo, chaired a meeting to review the status of work being carried out by Working Group constituted to chalk out modalities for operationalization of Knowledge Initiative in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was co-chaired by Minister for Education, Jenab Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari. The meeting was attended by all the members of the group, Financial Commissioner (Coordination)/ Resident Commission J&K Government, New Delhi Sh. K.B Aggarwal; Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Sh. Rohit Kansal; Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon ( Member Secretary of the group) , Registrar Jammu University and other concerned officers.

On the occasion, the title for the vision document on which this group is currently working was finalized. The report was titled as “Education, Engagement and Employability: Empowering J&K’s youth in a global knowledge society.” The Working Group would also prepare a blueprint for Information Communication Technology initiative that can harness the human resources talent in the State besides preparing a plan and guideline for the creation of knowledge cluster that can become a hub of state of the art technology, research and innovation through the participation of major stakeholders.

HED is preparing a 30 minutes documentary film on functioning of HED in the state in collaboration with DDK and approved film makers of the State within next two months for screening as a part of Knowledge Initiative

With an aim to revamp education scenario in Jammu and Kashmir, the State Government has constituted a knowledge initiative group of experts to prepare a vision document for interventions in skills, teaching, learning, research and innovation that will be drawn from global best practices and traditional norms.

The group is supposed to prepare policies, guidelines and schemes to ensure full literacy and competitive employability through an optimal use of existing infrastructure and human resources available in the State. The chapters shall include: Early Childhood Teaching and Learning, Teaching of Science and Mathematics, Introducing critical analytical thinking and problem solving in Schools, Skills and Vocational Education, Teaching of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Sports, Theatre and Fine Arts, STEM Disciplines (Science, Technical and Medical Education), Role of online learning and ICT in developing Human Resources in the state, Generating excellence in Research and Innovation in Higher Education and Creating world class institutions and spaces for excellence.

In September meet, Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo, chaired a meet of all members of the group. The meeting was also attended by Australian delegation of academicians which includes Education Counselor in Australian High Commission at Delhi, Dr Amanda Day; Chairman Australia India Institute, Australia, Mr Robert Johanson; Deputy Director Australia India Institute Delhi, Mr Vinod Mirchandani; Chief Finance Officer, Melbourne University, Australia, Mr Allan Tait and Director, Goodwill Exchange, Gauri Arora.

In continuation with the previous meets, the Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo today interacted with Secretary, Art & Cultural Academy, Director Handicrafts, Srinagar, Director Technical Education, Srinagar and Principal of Degree Colleges from Kashmir and Jammu Division at SKICC. During the meeting, Prof. Mattoo stressed upon the stakeholders, principals of colleges and schools to impart skills, teaching, learning research and innovation that will be drawn from global best practices and traditional norms, preparing policies, guidelines and schemes to ensure full literacy and competitive employability through an optimal use of existing infrastructure and human resources available in the State.

J&K Knowledge Initiative Group has invited suggestions, ideas and recommendations from stakeholders including students, teachers, thinkers and civil society members to take forward the maiden initiative in the State. The suggestions can be mailed at the knowledgeinitiative.jk@gmail.com by 16 October 2017.

Knowledge initiative group with Australian group of academicians

SECOND ROUND OF COUNSELING UNDER PMSSS

Principal Secretary to Govt., Higher Education Department , Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon inspecting the large scale counseling

Under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for J&K students, 2628 seats out of 3430 seats were filled after the first round of counseling which was held from 30th June to 6th July 2017 . Most of the students from J&K secured admission in some of the reputed colleges across the country under PMSSS. These include Delhi College of Engineering, Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, St Stephens College Delhi, University Institute of Engineering and Technology Rohtak, Lady Shri Ram College for Women New Delhi, Birla Institute of Technology Jharkhand, Rajiv Gandhi Government Engineering College Himachal Pradesh (HP), Netaji Subash Institute of Technology, Delhi and DAV College Haryana.

The second round of counseling under PMSSS for filling up 802 vacant seats under Reserved Categories in engineering, medical and general courses was held at the designated Counseling Centers Amar Singh College, Srinagar, Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu and Government Eliezer Joldan Memorial College, Leh from 17th July to 19th July, 2017.

The counseling of students seeking admission in engineering colleges under lateral entry was held on 19th July, 2017.

Education Minister Jenab Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari reviewing the functioning of Cluster University Srinagar (CUS) and Cluster University Jammu (CUJ)

CREATION OF 8 NEW POSTS FOR CLUSTER UNIVERSITIES

The State Cabinet under the chairpersonship of Hon’ble Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti, approved creation of eight posts in various categories for the Cluster Universities of Jammu and Srinagar.

The newly created posts include two posts of Controller Examinations (one post for each Cluster University) in the pay scale of 37400-67000+GP 10000, two posts of Assistant Controller Examinations in the pay scale of 9300-34800+GP 5400, two posts of Librarians in the pay scale of 15600-39100+ GP 6000 and two posts of PRO in the pay scale of 15600-39100+GP 6000.

The Government had earlier in 2015 ordered creation of 124 posts for these universities.

STATUTES OF CLUSTER UNIVERSITIES FINALIZED

CLUSTER UNIVERSITY SRINAGAR STARTS PROCESS OF HIRING TEACHING FACULTY

Cluster University Srinagar has started the process of hiring teaching faculty for various subjects. The teachers were initially hired on contractual basis and subsequently the process for engaging teachers and other staff on permanent basis will be initiated. Application for engaging teachers in Physics, Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Geography, Information Technology, Computer Applications and Environmental Science were received up to the July 10, 2017 in the university office (SP College Srinagar).

The university has started eight Integrated 05 Year programmes and 10 PG Programmes from the academic session 2017. The University Grants Commission has recognized the Cluster University Srinagar under the Section 2f of the UGC Act and authorized the university to award degrees in Under Graduate, Post Graduate and Research Programmes.

TUTION FEES REDUCED IN NEW GOVERNMENT NURSING COLLEGES AND ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLS OF HED

Jammu and Kashmir Government announced a 50 per cent fee cut for students in nursing and architecture courses in capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu. The existing annual fee for nursing course was cut down from Rs 65,000 to Rs 32,500 for general category students and made it Rs 15,000 for those from Below Poverty Line (BPL) category. The existing annual fee for architecture course was cut down 50 percent from Rs 1, 00, 000 to Rs 50,000 for general category students and Rs 25,000 for BPL students.

It was decided that the logos for both the universities will be developed by National Institute of Design at the cost of Rs Six lakh each. Strengthening of existing faculty and need for additional faculty for these universities was also discussed.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Higher Education, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon; Law Secretary, Sh. Abdul Majid Bhat; VC CUS, VC CUJ, Director Colleges, Director RUSA, Registrar CUS, Registrar CUJ, Principals of constituent colleges, and other concerned officers from Higher Education and Finance Departments.

FOURTH MEET OF SHEC HELD - 12TH JULY, 2017

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir chairing meet of SHEC

Fourth meeting of the State Higher Education Council (SHEC) was held under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Ms. Mehbooba Mufti. Minister for Education, J & K Government Jenab Syed Altaf Bukhari and Minister of State for Education Smt. Priya Sethi were present in the meeting.

Chief Minister suggested to strengthen Students Welfare Centres at the universities and making students real stakeholders in the affairs of the universities and also highlighted that the setting up of Incubation Centres at the universities will help the students to get trained to pursue their careers in a proper manner. It was decided to introduce Career Counseling and Personality Development among students from the high school level so that the students are properly groomed at the time of career selection. The CM also approved in principle the setting up of a Horticulture University at Wadura by the Higher Education Department and a Law University in the state. The Council also gave nod to the setting up of two Administrative Staff Colleges at Jammu and Srinagar.

Creation of faculty/ supporting staff for Nursing Colleges and schools of Architecture /establishment of Nursing Colleges in other districts

HED has established two B.Sc. Nursing Colleges at Women College MA Road Srinagar and Women College Gandhinagar Jammu with intake capacity of 60 students and two Schools of Architecture at MAM College Jammu and GDC, Bemina with intake capacity of 40 students

Government to approve creation of about 140 new posts of Principal, Professors, Associate and Assistant Professorss for Architecture Schools, RUSA Engineering Colleges at Kathua and Safapora as creation has already approved by finance department.

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

EDUCATION MINISTER VISITS KHANSAHAB, BUDGAM

Minister for Education, Jenab Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari undertook an extensive tour of Khansahab area of district Budgam to review educational scenario in the constituency on 19th July, 2017. He was accompanied by Minister of State for Education, Smt. Priya Sethi; MLA Khansahib Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen; MLC Saif-ud-Din Bhat; Principal Secretary, Higher Education Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon; Secretary School Education Farooq Ahmed Shah; Director School Education, Kashmir, DR G N Itoo, Director SSA, Director RMSA and Director Colleges and other concerned officials of the education and other departments.

On his visit to Government Degree College, Khansahib, Education Minister said that the college will be developed as a model college. He announced a smart classroom for the college and assured full support for the development of the college. The Minister also gave approval for the equipments which are needed for the high tech laboratories in the college.

Smt. Priya Sethi, MoS Education Department also promised the students that she will take up with the Horticulture Minister for the Herbal Garden in the vicinity of the college.

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, Principal 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.

Principal 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), Principal 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.