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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 12:46 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 12:46 AM (IST)

Panel to take call on new courses in pvt colleges

Vikas Sharma

Tribune News Service

Jammu, April 16

The state Higher Education Department has constituted a committee to examine the authorisation of private colleges for introducing new undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The committee will furnish its recommendations to the administrative department within a month.

The nine-member committee comprised Director (Colleges); Dean (Academics), University of Jammu and University of Kashmir; Director (Colleges Development), University of Jammu and University of Kashmir; nodal principals (one each from Jammu and Srinagar); and representatives of private colleges (one each from Jammu and Srinagar).

Sources claimed that the decision of authorising the private colleges to start new courses was taken after the Government Degree Colleges in the state were found to be short of space to accommodate the heavy rush of students, especially after the introduction of new subjects/streams.

They said the strength of student enrolment increases every year but the institutes were not able to raise the infrastructure to accommodate the heavy inflow.

Satinder Singh, principal, Government GGM Science College, and nodal principal, Jammu, told The Tribune: “Yes, a committee has been constituted by the government and it will examine the cases of private colleges to introduce new courses.”

“Many private colleges in the state have good infrastructure and it is for them to decide that which new undergraduate/postgraduate course they can run in any stream keeping in mind their overall infrastructure,” he said.

“The task of the committee is to examine their proposal of starting the new courses by visiting the institution to verify its credentials. If the college has the required facilities, the government will authorise it to run the new courses,” the principal said.

Meanwhile, the Higher Education Department had also accorded sanction for grant of no objection certificate to the Government Degree Colleges for introducing additional courses/subjects.

Library sciences and physical education has now been introduced at the undergraduate level in all Government Degree Colleges of the state.

Besides, subjects such as public administration, food science and technology, management, geology and statistics had been introduced at the undergraduate level in all Government Degree Colleges, wherever feasibility and demand exists.

Pertinently, there are around 208 private colleges in J&K, including 107 in Jammu division and 101 in Kashmir division. As far as the strength of Government Degree Colleges is concerned, their strength is 97, including 47 in Jammu division, 46 in Kashmir division and four in Leh-Ladakh region.

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