Ansari meets Union HRD Minister, seeks steps to strengthen education in JK

Demands special funding for revival of colleges, Universities in JK

New Delhi, May 29: Minister for Higher Education, Technical Education and Information Technology, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari on Tuesday met Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar, and demanded that steps be taken to strengthen higher education in Jammu and Kashmir.

Discussing various matters threadbare in his New Delhi chamber, the Minister appraised the HRD minister about various matters pertaining to the education sector, especially higher education in Jammu and Kashmir.

Ansari demanded special funding of Rs. 50 crore each for two colleges of Architecture Town Planning at Jammu and Srinagar. The minister said that that special funding of Rs. 50 crore each for two colleges of Nursing being established at Women College M.A Road Srinagar and Women College Gandhi Nagar Jammu. He asked that the special funding of Rs 260 crore Rs 10 crore per college may be provided for creation of infrastructure for the newly approved 26 Degree Colleges of the State.

The Minister informed the union Minister that the department has already taken up the issue of establishing some more cluster universities in the state but due to peculiar topographic conditions, the state does not qualify for any cluster university under RUSA-II.

Ansari apprised the Union minister that the University Grants Commission (UGC) sanctioned one time grant for infrastructure development of the campuses of Jammu University in 2011. The 1st installment of funds was released in 2012, however, due to unavoidable circumstances like allotment of land and extreme weather conditions, the deadline set by UGC for completion of the project by March, 2015 could not be met and subsequently the work had to be stopped due to non-release of 2nd installment of funds by the UGC. He urged the Union Minister to direct the UGC to extend the date for completion of these projects and release of balance funds to help the university to complete its campuses MHRD/ Union Cabinet may wave off upper income limit of Rs. 6 lakh per annum for Prime Minister’s Post Matric Scholarships (PMSS) Special funding of Rs. 100 crore for Government College of Engineering & Technology Jammu for up-gradation of infrastructure/campus and laboratories to enhance intake capacity residential campus for faculty students. Special funding of Rs. 100 crore each for Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri, Jammu and Islamic University for Science & Technology, Awantipora, Kashmir for infrastructure and campus development and Hostels Special funding of Rs. 250 crore (Rs. 5 crore per college) for construction of Hostels for students from far-flung l remote areas in 50 Degree colleges of the State.

The Minister sought release of additional funding from union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) for key areas of higher education department.

The Minister also pressed for incorporating more courses under Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS).

The Higher Education Minister is in Delhi to give a flip to the education sector seeking central support by way of additional funding for augmentation educational infrastructure in the State. The senior officers including Commissioner Secretary Higher Education, Javed Ahmad Khan, Private Secretary to the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr Mandeep K Bhandari, OSD to Higher Education Minister, Anil Sharma among other officers accompanied the minister.

“The union MHRD minister assured full support from the central government and his priority would be to raise the quality of education and ensure that it encouraged innovation in Jammu and Kashmir,” Ansari said.

The Minister also discussed slow funding under RMSA highlighting that out of Rs 500.65 crores of central share, only Rs 149.47 crore have been released by the Government of India.

The higher education minister has sought for Rs 100 Crore funding under Prime Ministers Development Programme (PMDP) for creation of additional infrastructure and Hostels in each out-campus of Kashmir University and Jammu University, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University and Islamic University for Science and Technology, Awantipora.

Ansari also asked the MHRD to release balance funds of Rs. 164.56 crore for establishment of cluster Universities, two engineering colleges at Safapora (Kashmir) and Kathua (Jammu) and vocationalisation, model colleges and other Infrastructure under RUSA.

The Minister also impressed on MHRD to expedite establishment of permanent campuses for IIT and IIM Jammu at Srinagar and IIMC, besides appointment of Director for NIT Srinagar, IIT Jammu & IIM Jammu. The meeting also discussed the speedy release of Rs. 100 crore under PMDP for upgradation of NIT, Srinagar.

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