SRINAGAR: With the Industries and Commerce (I&C) Department failing to appoint faculty for the Master’s in Craft Management and Entrepreneurship (MCME) programme at the Craft Development Institute (CDI) Srinagar, the University of Kashmir has proposed to take over the programme instead.
Currently administered by the I&C Department, the CDI, located in the city’s Nowshehra area, withheld admissions this year for the lone master’s programme in Craft Management and Entrepreneurship after failing to appoint a permamnnet faculty as per University Grants Commission (UGC) norms.
Kashmir University (KU) had directed the CDI to put on hold admissions to the MCME programme till the institute appointed the faculty to teach the course.
In view of directions from KU, the Executive Board of the institute had decided not to issue any admission notification for the current academic session.
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.
Dean Academic Affairs KU Prof Musadiq Amin Sahaf told Kashmir Reader that they had written to the CDI administration over shifting the programme to KU.
In case the CDI management agrees, Prof Sahaf said that the KU Business School would offer the MCME programme.
He said that deliberations were going on between KU and the I&C department regarding the takeover.
An official at KU said that the faculty appointed by I&C department to the CDI was “not qualified to teach the MCME programme there”.
The department, as per the official, “has not been able to handle” the institution for many years.
To mention, the pass-out students of the MCME programme at the CDI had alleged last year that the institute had failed to provide entrepreneurship opportunities to them.
They had also alleged that the CDI had been running the programme without any affiliation from the UGC.
Over KU’s offer to shift the MCME programme to the varsity, Commissioner Secretary, I&C, Shailendra Kumar said that they had “no objections” over the proposal.
He also informed that they had written to the Finance Department to create the required faculty posts to teach the programme.
A CDI insider told Kashmir Reader 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 of 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.