Islamia College to introduce more integrated postgraduate programmes

SRINAGAR: Islamia College of Science and Commerce (ICSC) is going to introduce many integrated postgraduate programmes from the upcoming academic session, officials said.
The college has introduced post-graduate programmes in english, commerce and computer application from the current academic session.
An official at ICSC told Kashmir Reader that they will introduce integrated postgraduate programmes in zoology, botany and chemistry from the upcoming session for which the governing board of the institution has already approved 27 teaching positions besides a few non-teaching posts as well.
The advertisement of the posts however is subject to the concurrence by the Finance Department, the official added.
Till the permanent staff is appointed by the government, the college will run the programmes through internal arrangement, he said.
“To teach the three PG programmes introduced this year, we already had the faculty for our bachelors’ courses,” he added.
With the ICSC already offering Masters in Business Administration (MBA), the total number of postgraduate programmes offered by the institution from next year will add up to 7-two more than the minimum requirement of 5 for a college to be adjudged a deemed university as per the official.
For the post graduate programmes introduced from the current academic session, the college enrolled the students based on the entrance examination of the Kashmir University.
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 institute with the status of College with Potential for Academic excellence (CPA).
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.
Confirming the development regarding the introduction of new post-graduate programmes at ICSC, college Principal, Dr Aijaz told Kashmir Reader that the institution was on course of becoming the first deemed university of Kashmir.

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