CDI yet to appoint faculty required to save Master’s program

CDI yet to appoint faculty required to save Master’s program
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Irshad Khan

Srinagar: Authorities have failed to appoint faculty, including a full-time director, to Craft Development Institute (CDI), Srinagar, which, due to lack of faculty, withheld admissions to its lone postgraduate programme after directions from Kashmir University earlier this year.
Established in the year 2004 at Nowshehra here, the CDI, as on date, offers a single Master’s programme in Craft Management and Entrepreneurship (MCME), introduced at the institute in 2012.
Upon directions from KU, however, the institute withheld admissions for the MCME programme this academic year as it had not appointed the faculty to teach the course as per University Grants Commission (UGC) norms. Affiliated with the University of Kashmir, the CDI is currently administered by the Handicrafts Department.
After directions from Kashmir University to appoint faculty as per UGC norms, the CDI Executive Board decided not to issue any admission notification for the time being till the required faculty, including a full-time director, is appointed.
The board, which met on March 19 in the backdrop of the KU directions, had asked the CDI to submit a proposal over the appointment of a full-time director, faculty and other financial requirements.
CDI’s Director in-charge, Mir Zubair, told Kashmir Reader that the required faculty had not been appointed to the institute. “We have submitted the proposal to the government, which has to take a call on that,” he said.
To appoint the faculty to the CDI, Mir said that the concurrence of the Finance and Planning departments was required “because there is money involved to appoint the faculty”.
“If you appoint the faculty and a full-time director tomorrow, they need to be paid. It is a time-consuming process,” informed Mir.
To appoint faculty as per the UGC norms, Mir said that the CDI recruitment rules needed to be amended.
Mir also said that there was a proposal to start vocational certificate courses at the CDI as the MCME had been getting a cold response from the students.
“The number of students who actually take admissions in the course is one-third the intake capacity. The students are just not turning up, so you have to look into it before appointing faculty or going ahead with the Master’s course,” he added.
Commissioner Secretary Industries and Commerce Department, Shailendra Kumar, who is also Chairman of the CDI’s Executive Board, said that the appointment of faculty and a full-time director to CDI “will take time”.
Kumar said that the creation of posts needed the concurrence of the Finance Department.