JAMMU: The Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday informed the House that the government has sanctioned opening up of 17 new colleges in the uncovered areas of the state.
The location details for setting up of the newly sanctioned colleges are being worked out by the Education Department, he added.
Replying to a question of legislator Choudhary Qamar Hussain in the Legislative Assembly Saturday, the Minister said that the department’s endeavour is to commence the academic activities soon in these colleges. He, however, said the opening up of new colleges at a particular place/area shall be the subject to the availability of requisite land and feasibility of demand which includes the sufficient number of feeding Higher Secondary Schools.
“The priority will be given to uncovered Assembly segments which are presently devoid of such facility”, he added. With regard to another part of the main question, the Minister informed that presently six Government Degree Colleges are functional in the district. Responding to another query of the Legislator, the Minister informed that at present there is no proposal to establish Cluster University in Pir Panchal and Chenab regions.
“He further informed the House that Government Degree College Rajouri cannot be included in existing Cluster Universities. With regard to the introduction of Arabic and Persian department in Jammu University, the Minister said that the University of Jammu intends to introduce both these departments in the Main Campus/Offsite Campuses and the proposal for the creation of teaching and non-teaching positions is being taken up.