Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government has issued instructions to the two premier universities of the state to allow students from other states to pursue their higher studies in the state.
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today issued directions to the Vice-Chancellors of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU), Rajouri, and Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora, to encourage students from other states willing to pursue higher education in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sayeed, who is the Chancellor of the two universities, also asked the Vic-Chancellors to start preparations for holding convocations of the universities in the months of May and June respectively.
He was chairing a high-level meeting called to review the functioning of the two universities.
Minister for Education, Nayeem Akhtar and Minister for Finance, Haseeb Drabu attended the meeting.
The Vice-Chancellors briefed the chief minister about the status of academics, infrastructure, placements and perspective plans vis-a-vis their universities.
Sayeed stressed the need to give scholars from outside the state a level playing field in getting admissions in the state.
“Our students are studying all over the country for higher and advanced education. We should also take effective steps to facilitate those students from other states who are willing to seek higher education in our universities,” he said.
Emphasising upon the need to induct competent teaching faculties by offering them incentivised packages, the chief minister asked the VCs to introduce career-oriented courses which will accelerate placement of students in the corporate and business sectors.
“There should be no compromise over quality of teaching faculties at the universities. We have academics from outside the state and abroad who have distinguished themselves in their fields of expertise. Many times they have expressed desire to contribute in the field of higher education sector in the state.
We can involve them as visiting professors at our universities so that our students benefit from the best possible resource faculties,” Sayeed Said.
He also stressed upon the need to promote the concept of summer schools for visiting professors in the university curricula.
While taking a brief on the functioning of BGSBU, he asked the VC to engage a top architect to prepare a uniform facade for the existing and upcoming infrastructure at the university which is spread over 6,000 kanals of land.
He also passed directions to start work on construction of an ultra-modern guest house for state guests and visiting faculties.
He also expressed the need to explore installation of another solar unit inside the university campus for which the VC was asked to forward a detailed proposal.
Calling for development of sports and co-curricular infrastructure at the university campuses for all-round growth of a scholar's personality, Sayeed said the government will request the Union Ministry of Youth and Sports to sanction one playground for BGSB University as a special case.
He also asked the VC to prepare a draft plan for an auditorium inside the university campus.
Emphasising the need to acquire more land for expansion of IUST campus, he asked the VC to expedite all acquisition proceedings. “IUST needs more land to create sufficient infrastructure which is in tune with the large number of students seeking admission in the university,” he said.
He called for expediting all land acquisition cases with the District Collectorate. Presently the university is spread over only 289 kanals of land.