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Central govt approves two cluster universities in J&K

Srinagar: J&K’s minister for education, Naeem Akhtar said in the state’s Legislative Council in reply to a question by Naresh Gupta that union HRD ministry has accorded its approval for setting up two cluster universities in Jammu and Kashmir and that these universities will be set up in Jammu and Srinagar. He said that these universities will be set up by collecting the resources of 5 existing colleges whose teaching, technical and natural structures are fairly extensive and these colleges will be affiliated to these universities when fully established. He told the House that Jammu University has introduced many job-oriented courses in its central and offsite campuses and that in Jammu University’s Bhadarwah campus, approval has been accorded for doing Master’s degree in Urdu and Chemistry. He further said that in addition to BCA, science and arts courses have been introduced in Government Degree Colleges in Doda, Bhadarwah, Kishtwar, Banihal etc. He also said that during the last 10 years an amount of approximately Rs. 125 crores has been provided to different campuses of Jammu University, adding that amounts or funds are provided in accordance with the approval of University Grants Commission.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2016 on page no. 14

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