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J&K colleges to move towards academic autonomy: Chief Secretary

Last Updated on December 22, 2021 at 10:11 pm

The Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, today chaired a meeting to review the functioning of the Higher Education Department.

It was informed that under the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the Department is contemplating various reforms for structural changes in the education sector encompassing multidisciplinary studies; skill-based courses, and courses on Indian culture and traditions.

Accordingly, the technical educational institutions namely IIT Jammu, IIM Jammu, and AIIMS Jammu have signed MoUs to provide integrated courses to the students of these institutions. Similarly, the SMVDU, University of Kashmir, Cluster University, Jammu/ Kashmir have also started integrated programs with special exit provisions, besides strengthening the research and skill enhancement courses.

Under NEP-2020, Government Degree Colleges of Jammu and Kashmir will be given graded autonomy in a phased manner along with academic bank credit facility and NAAC accreditation.

Under the Hub-Spoke model, the Department has identified 14 colleges for establishing Center for Invention, Innovation, Incubation, and Training (CIIIT), besides introducing vocational courses in multiple verticals like agriculture technology, horticulture technology, veterinary technology, food, science and technology, among others with multiple entry/ exit options. Meanwhile, several Government Degree Colleges are also being motivated to conduct research on socially relevant issues.