Council approves double shift in Kashmir University’s identified postgraduate departments

Srinagar: Kashmir University Council on Saturday approved the introduction of double shift in postgraduate departments of the varsity to accommodate more students.
An official handout issued here said a meeting of the university council was held at the Raj Bhavan here under Governor N N Vohra, who is also the Chancellor of the university.
Chief Minister and Pro-Chancellor of the University, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Minister for Education Naeem Akhter participated in the discussions, it said.
The council approved “introduction of second shift in identified postgraduate programmes, with a view to accommodate eligible students who are unable to get admissions in the university due to limited number of seats”, it said.
The council, it said, also approved establishment of an Institute of Paramedical Sciences at South Campus, Anantnag, and an Institute of Innovation and Technopreneurship Development  at Baramulla; withdrawal from the academic session 2016 onwards of the private mode of education wherever offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and introduction of Distance Mode of Education for all undergraduate and postgraduate courses wherever possible; adoption of new statutes to govern Choice Based Credit System and PG Course for the students admitted during the year 2015; adoption of semester-based two-tier scheme of examinations for various undergraduate courses; implementation of the modified scheme of Choice Based Credit System at the postgraduate level from the academic session 2015; regularisation of contractual teachers having more than 7 years service working in the university’s  Model High School; regulations for reemployment of university teachers after retirement, in light of the UGC Model Guidelines; and  implementation of revised UGC guidelines in toto in respect of Academic Staff College.
Besides, the council enhanced the number of scholarships and fellowships, to be granted to research scholars, from the existing four to six in each department. Also, the monthly emoluments of qualified contractual lecturers has been increased to Rs 25,000 per month, while as the ones without Ph. D, NET or SLET would be paid Rs 20,000 a month.
The governor and the chief minister, as per the handout, stressed on the need “to institutionalise a system of the vice chancellors holding regular meetings for securing effective harmony in dealing with all policy and other major issues”.
They suggested enhanced focus on students and faculty exchange programmes; strengthening sports-related infrastructure in the universities and affiliated colleges; and promotion of music, fine arts, and spoken languages in the overall curricula of universities and colleges.
The council reviewed the implementation of the decisions taken in its previous preceding meeting, with Vice-Chancellor Kashmir University, Prof Khursheed Andrabi informing that “action has been initiated for arriving at a better understanding of issues relating to the changing weather patterns and resulting effects on agricultural production”.