Srinagar: The University of Kashmir has failed to offer a postgraduate programme in Nutrition and Dietetics this year, leaving stranded scores of girl students who had opted for the subject during their under graduate studies at Women’s College, M A Road, four years ago.
With an approved intake capacity of 30 seats, the Nutrition and Dietetics course was first introduced as a subject at the college from academic session 2015-16, after the institution was granted affiliation by KU to teach it.
Earlier, the college had approached the varsity to grant it affiliation for running the subject.
Scores of girl students told Kashmir Reader that they had gone for Nutrition and Dietetics in 2015 hoping that a “full-fledged Master’s programme would be offered at Kashmir University” once they completed their undergrad.
However, the girls were “shocked” when they came to know that the prospectus issued for this year’s PG admissions has no mention of any Master’s programme in their chosen subject.
“We have given four years to the subject. Even the college authorities did not tell us that there was no Master’s programme offered in the subject at the university level,” a girl student alleged.
The girl students, who had opted for the subject due to its having “less saturation”, have ironically drawn a blank now, with no Master’s programme in their subject at all.
“Why did we choose the subject then, what for?” asked a student.
“We had opted for Nutrition and Dietetics as one of our core subjects, hoping for a better scope in the subject as ours was the very first batch it was introduced to at the college, but there is not even a Master’s programme offered in the field,” rued a girl student.
The students demanded that they be made eligible for a relevant Master’s programme under a special provision.
Principal Women’s College, M A Road, Prof Shaheen declined to comment on the matter and asked this reporter to talk to the KU authorities.
As the subject has been introduced at the undergrad level, a senior professor at the college said that technically the varsity should also have offered a Master’s in the same subject.
Dean Academic Affairs, KU, Prof M A Sahaf told Kashmir Reader that the girl students “are being made eligible for the Master’s in Home Science programme.”
Their eligibility, however, was subject to a nod by the university Academic Council, as per Sahaf.
Acknowledging that there should have been a relevant Master’s programme at the university level after the subject was introduced at Women’s College four years ago, Sahaf however said that the issue prevailed in “a few other subjects too”.
Sahaf assured the students that they would be given time beyond the last date set by the varsity for online submission of application forms for this year’s PG entrance test.
Although they were being made eligible for the Master’s in Home Science programme in this year’s PG entrance test, the aggrieved girl students however lamented over the “different syllabus between Nutrition and Dietetics and Home Science”.