Request Governor’s intervention
SRINAGAR: It has been more than a year of highhandedness from the authorities at the Craft Development Institute (CDI), say its Craft Management and Entrepreneurship (MCME) students, who are now seeking the Governor’s intervention as they demand their course be continued while the institution gets its conditions of affiliation fulfilled.
“We request the Governor to meet with us and expedite the process of seeking affiliation and UGC recognition of the course,” a group of students said.
They added that classes have been suspended for two months now. “Ever since the complaint was lodged, the director has been against us,” they said.
The students have been requesting to be allowed to continue pursuing their MCME MPhil and PhD degrees as promised them by the CDI authority.
“We also demand the eligibility criteria for various posts, since the course was started with the aim of creating a professional pool of individuals who would revive the craft industry sector in government organisations as well as non-government organisations,” the students further added.
Since the future of the students is at stake and the degree they are studying for does not have UGC recognition, the students wish the institute to take the necessary action.
“In case the government has decided to close down the course, we demand compensation with time value,” they said.
The CDI has lost its affiliation with Kashmir University with it not being renewed since 2012. The institute is now scrambling to get one after student protests at the campus and at Kashmir University brought the issue to light.
The Dean of Academic Affairs, Kashmir University, Musdaq Sahaf, said, “There are certain norms if the institute (CDI) wants to get affiliated under UGC. It should have a permanent faculty who have qualified NET or hold a doctorate, but CDI doesn’t fullfill these norms,” Sahaf said. “We gave them eight months to get these norms fulfilled. After that, we will reassess whether we can renew the affiliation.”
Earlier, the Director of the CDI told Kashmir Reader that the institute’s Executive Board had decided that the institute should not issue any admission notification for the time being.
The institute at Bagi Ali Mardan Khan in Nowshera came about with a focus on integrating the development of the handicraft sector. Students allege that the institute’s goals of producing qualified and skilled professionals are not matched by the attitude of its administrators. At present, 50 students are enrolled for different courses.