Coronavirus pandemic has pushed back many important development projects of higher education. Let alone starting new courses in Jammu University this year, admissions to postgraduate courses are delayed by seven months. Even though the apex Body Council of the university had approved the introduction of new departments and new courses, but it could not be possible because of the situation arising out of the coronavirus induced pandemic.
The Department of Journalism and Media studies and research cluster was scheduled to be set up at the University of Jammu this year. There were also proposals for starting a one-year diploma course in museology and conservation and a two-year executive MBA at the business school.
Other than that, the Directorate of Hindi and the Department of Philosophy could not be set up because of the pandemic. The formation of the Alumni Association also failed to set up. As educational institutes were closed because of the J&K government’s order, It was not easy for the university to set up a department or start a new course. However, the university has set up Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Chair, but as of now, appointments, offices or other infrastructural facilities have not started.
The University has not received the second instalment of funds under the National Higher Education Initiative. The University has done many developments works with the first instalment of thirty crore rupees. The University has been sanctioned 100 crore rupees under this scheme. The University is now waiting for the second instalment of funds.
Jammu University has also failed to start new courses in the campuses. It is trying to start the Arabic course at Poonch campus. At present, the admission process for academic session 2020 is going on for PG courses in Jammu. The University is trying to wrap-up the admission process by this month. The University management has prioritized starting classes as the first admission process ends.