At long last, MA in Anthropology at KU from this year

Srinagar: The Kashmir University is likely to introduce Master’s in Anthropology from the upcoming academic session this year, Kashmir Reader has learnt. The programme was among many others, including Master’s in Philosophy and Public Administration, that had been approved by the varsity council but could not be introduced over the years due to lack of teaching faculty and physical infrastructure.
Now, though, as far as the master’s programme in Anthropology is concerned, the required teaching faculty is at the disposal of the varsity administration at its Institute of Kashmir Studies (IKS), Registrar KU, Prof Nisar Ahmad Mir, told Kashmir Reader. He added that the programme would likely be introduced in the upcoming academic session.
Prof Mir said that the university had at least four permanent faculty members at the IKS who could teach the programme. He said that the anthropology department will, for now, operate from the IKS premises.
He further said that there will be a seat intake of around 30 for the Anthropology programme.
Dean Academic Affairs KU, Prof Akbar Masood also said that they have the required faculty for teaching the Anthropology programme. Prof Masood said that 25-30 students will be admitted to the programme in the opening year on the basis of the KU entrance test.
As for the other proposed programmes, the Registrar said that they will be introduced at the varsity as and when the required teaching faculty and infrastructure were provided by the government.
As per a senior professor, for introducing a typical postgraduate programme at KU, there is requirement of at least four associate professors, two assistant professors, and a professor.
While the physical infrastructure required for the introduction of the programmes can be pooled, the staff members are indispensable, he said.
“We can have buildings over a period of time and can pool the physical infrastructure, but we cannot do without staff,” the professor said.

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