SRINAGAR: As part of its evolution into the first Deemed University of Kashmir, Islamia College of Science and Commerce (ICSC), Srinagar, is expanding its campus area, for which the institute is, in a first, acquiring 40 kanals of additional land in its vicinity.
The premiere college, which has already been conferred the status of a State Autonomous College by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the year 2010, may also introduce three postgraduate programmes from the current academic session.
Principal ICSC Yaseen Ahmad Shah, who recently assumed charge, told Kashmir Reader that the college administration had identified 40 kanals of land between Kathi Darwaza and Bachi Darwaza near the Makhdoom Sahib shrine. Shah said that the governing board of the college had given approval to acquire the said land for the expansion.
“We are lucky to have got approval from the governing board. It is a step towards achieving the status of deemed university,” Shah added.
While the governing board of the college had approved the land acquisition, Shah said the revenue authorities needed to be taken on board by the college administration before starting any construction work.
Shah said that for ICSC’s expansion into a deemed university, land was the “prerequisite”.
Shah said that acquisition of new land would save the playground of the college from any undue ‘encroachment’.
“We have not encroached upon the ground. We will keep it there for sports facilities,” he said.
Along with campus expansion, Shah said that they were mulling to introduce more postgraduate courses at the college for which they were in touch with the Kashmir University to get feedback about Master’s courses.
“We are also thinking to recruit the required additional posts for which the higher education department has to take up the matter with finance department. It is in pipeline,” he informed.
Standing out from rest of the colleges in the valley, The ICSC currently has a separate budget and a governing board with the state head (Governor at present) as its chairman.
Besides being a state autonomous college, the UGC has also conferred the institute with the status of College with Potential for Excellence (CPE).
An official said that once the UGC declares an institute as autonomous, it “keeps an eye on the academic output of the college before they declare it a deemed university”.
“The subsequent years are very crucial for the college. The principal as head of the institution has to play a crucial role in the college’s promotion,” he said.