Admissions to lone PG prog at CDI withheld for second consecutive year

Admissions to lone PG prog at CDI withheld for second consecutive year

SRINAGAR: Authorities have withheld admissions to the lone postgraduate programme offered at the Craft Development Institute (CDI) Srinagar for the second straight year after consistently failing to appoint a permanent faculty as per the University Grants Commission (UGC) norms to the institute.
Established in the year 2004 at Nowshehra here, the CDI offered a single Masters Programme in Craft Management and Entrepreneurship (MCME) introduced at the institute in 2012.
However, upon directions from KU, the institute withheld admissions to the MCME programme last academic session as it had not appointed the faculty to teach the course as per the UGC norms.
Affiliated with the University of Kashmir, the CDI is currently administered by the Industries and Commerce Department.
After directions from the Kashmir University to appoint the faculty as per UGC norms last year, the Executive Board of the institute had decided not to issue any admission notification for the time being till the required faculty including a full-time director is appointed to the CDI.
The board, which had met on March 19 last year 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.
An official at the CDI told Kashmir Reader that the required faculty was yet to be appointed to the institute even as the management forwarded a proposal to the government in this regard in April last year.
Due to the absence of a permanent faculty, admissions to the MCME programme stand withheld for the second consecutive year at the CDI, the official informed.
Another official said that in order to appoint faculty as per the UGC norms to the CDI, the CDI “recruitment rules needed to be changed”.
He further 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.
Commissioner Secretary Industries and Commerce Department, Navin Kumar Choudhry, who is also Chairman of the CDI’s Executive Board, could not be contacted for comments over the matter.