Civil Engineering approved at KU Zakura campus but lack of faculty blocking its launch

Civil Engineering approved at KU Zakura campus but lack of faculty blocking its launch
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SRINAGAR: Despite ‘approving’ the proposal two years ago, the University of Kashmir has failed to introduce the principal Civil Engineering branch of the B Tech programme at its Zakura campus in the five years since the campus was established.
The campus, which was established in the year 2014 by the KU, teaches all but the key Civil Engineering branch in BTech, the Director of the Zakura Campus, Prof G M Bhat, told Kashmir Reader.
Prof Bhat said that the branch was yet to be introduced at the campus, even as the university council “has already approved it in 2017”.
After the council approved the introduction of the engineering branch at the campus, Prof Bhat said that the then Vice Chancellor KU had decided against it for the lack of teaching faculty.
“They should have in fact started it in 2017 (itself), but they did not do it even in 2018.”
While the current KU VC, Prof Talat Ahmad, had given them the nod to introduce the branch from the current academic session, Prof Bhat, however, is “still apprehensive” of the development.
The campus will notify admissions for this year in May.
Underscoring the importance of the scope in Civil Engineering branch of B Tech programme, Prof Bhat said, “This is the specific branch which provides the maximum employment opportunities.”
“This is the only institution in the capital under local control and it exclusively admits Kashmiri students,” he added.
Introducing the branch at the campus, Prof Bhat said, “immediately” required at least four positions of assistant professors filled and Rs 5 crore for building infrastructure.
Now that the KU VC has given an approval for introducing the branch at the campus this year, Prof Bhat hoped that the varsity will at least temporarily fill the teaching positions in the current session.
Dean Academic Affairs at the KU, Prof Musadiq Amin Sahaf however is not sure whether the branch will immediately be introduced for now because there has been no creation of the required posts by the government.
Prof Sahaf emphasised on having a permamnnet faculty for teaching the Civil Engineering branch of the BTech programme.
“The university council has not met yet this year. Once the council meets, the VC will hopefully raise the issue there,” he added.