Proposes admissions on basis of KU entrance test
Srinagar: The Islamia College of Science and Commerce (ICSC), Hawal, which is on course to becoming Kashmir’s first deemed university, will introduce three post-graduate programmes from the current academic session.
The introduction of the post-graduate programmes in English, Commerce and Computer Applications have already been approved by the college’s governing board, Principal ICSC Prof Yaseen Ahmad Shah told Kashmir Reader.
Following the governing board’s nod, Prof Shah said that the institution had requested Kashmir University, to which the ICSC is affiliated, “to guide us on the mode of admission” for the proposed postgraduate programmes.
The ICSC, Prof Shah said, wanted to take KU on board over the introduction of the new programmes.
Prof Shah said that a communication from the ICSC had gone to the KU authorities, wherein the former has proposed to enroll students for the three new postgraduate programmes on the basis of this year’s KU entrance test.
“Maybe, we use their entrance test wherein there will be an option for the aspirants of the three programmes to take admission at our college. We can complete the formalities including issuing the merit list on our own,” Prof Shah said.
The intake capacity for each of the three postgraduate courses will be “20 to 25”, informed Prof Shah.
The ICSC will enroll the students for the programmes based on the KU examination database that they might share with the college, as per Prof Shah.
In case the students to the proposed postgraduate programmes are not enrolled on the basis of the KU entrance test, Prof Shah said that they “will hold our own PG entrance test within a week”.
Prof Shah however informed that the KU had not yet conveyed its consent to the proposal.
“In any case, the three PG programmes will be introduced this academic session,” he stated.
The physical infrastructure and faculty to teach the new subjects are in place at the ICSC, as per Prof Shah.
Confirming the communication from the ICSC, Dean Academic Affairs, KU, Prof Musaddiq Amin Sahaf said that the varsity was examining whether the curriculum and statutes governing the postgraduate programmes proposed by the ICSC were available.
“As for the three programmes the Islamia College is proposing, we have both curriculum as well as the statutes available for them,” Prof Sahaf said.
Prof Sahaf informed that any new course proposed by the KU is usually approved by a committee of deans of the university and the university Academic Council.
“Now, whether the same process is applicable to Islamia College, the university has to examine,” he added.
“It is under consideration. The process will be finalised in a couple of days.”
The ICSC has already been conferred the status of a State Autonomous College by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the year 2010. Besides, the UGC has also conferred the institution with the status of College with Potential for Academic excellence (CPA).
Standing out from the rest of the colleges in the Valley, the ICSC currently has a separate budget and a governing board with the state head (at present, the Governor) as its chairman.