In order to help diversification of the academics along with introduction of latest job-intensive courses at the graduate, post-graduate and diploma levels, two new cluster universities will soon be coming up in Jammu and Kashmir state.
As per recent order issued by the Higher Education Department, each cluster university will be headed by a Vice-Chancellor.
More details about these universities:
- For these universities, hiring will soon be done for a total of 124 posts
- Tthe legislation for establishment of two cluster universities was passed during the Budget Session of the State Legislature held this year
- As per reports, each cluster university will spread out in five existing government colleges in the capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu
- Further, these varsities will be established under Rashtriya Ucchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)
- To establish this, HRD has sanctioned Rs 55 crore for the each cluster university
- Also, each cluster university will have one nucleus college with an administration block, central library and an auditorium
Where will the Cluster Universities function?
- These universities would be functioning in GGM Science College, Government MAM College, SPMR College of Commerce, Government College for Women Gandhi Nagar and Government College of Education, Canal Road while the Cluster University in Srinagar will comprise Amar Singh College, SP College Srinagar, Women s College MA Road, GDC Bemina and the College of Education, Srinagar.
- With the setting up of two Cluster Universities, the total number of universities in the state will go up to 11.
- Currently, there are six satellite campuses of the University of Jammu and University of Kashmir in the state.
How will the Cluster Universities help education?
In a recent statement, Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said, "Setting up of Cluster Universities, one each in Srinagar and Jammu, will not only augment the existing higher education facilities in the state, but help diversification of the academics with introduction of latest job-intensive courses at the graduate, post-graduate and diploma levels."