JAMMU: The government has given ‘go-ahead’ to University of Jammu for starting its own engineering college and for the purpose provided Rs 2.50 crore to the varsity as initial grant-in-aid, Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari stated on Sunday.
Addressing civil society members, parents, students and teachers here at the annual day function of Mahant Bachitttar Singh College of Engineering and Technology, the minister said the move has come after the government decided to keep the twin engineering colleges established in Kathua and Ganderbal under RUSA, under the control of Higher Education Department, read an official handout.
Secretary School Education, Farooq Ahmed Shah, Director School Education, Jammu Ravinder Singh and senior faculty members of Government College for Engineering and Technology (GCET), Jammu were also present at the function.
Asserting that the state government has accorded top priority to education, he said the engineering colleges at Safapora in Ganderbal and Janglote in district Kathua have already started functioning with sixty seats each. He said the prime aim of opening new institution was to provide adequate opportunity for the growth and development of all potential students, the handout read.
“Our target is to revamp the existing education system to make it compatible with the present day challenges,” he asserted and said that government was in the process of implementing a comprehensive road map to meet the infrastructure and faculty requirements at all levels. He hoped that in the coming years the sector would witness a discernible change.
The minister said the government would extend every support to the private institutions in consonance to the norms. “I assure you that government will give permission for running M Tech courses to private institutions if they meet the infrastructure and other standards”, he said while responding to the demand of the management of the host college, it further read.
“Every institution is for the benefit for our own youth and government has no reservations in permitting the private institutions to offer courses if these meet the set standards,” the minister said.
He asked the management to apply for the same and assured that the government would take the decision as per the set norms.
The minister also interacted with the college students who had put up different models on innovative ideas for bringing improvement in existing technology used in day-to-day life.
The minister asked the students to give their ideas a practical shape as it would help them to grow and serve the society, the handout added.