rom this academic session, the University of Kashmir is introducing more undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, even as some of the courses offered at the university so far under the umbrella of allied departments are now being offered from full-fledged departmental research centres.
In a statement, the main decisions to be taken before the University Council for consideration / approval were endorsed or ratified at the 97th meeting of the University Syndicate, chaired by Vice-Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad, the Varsity spokesman said.
New programmes to be implemented from the 2020-21 academic session include Bachelor’s degrees in various paramedical courses at the Srinagar Government Medical College, Master’s degree programmes in three engineering disciplines at the Zakura Institute of Engineering, the PG programme in Anthropology at the Kashmir Institute of Studies, and the integrated B.Ed-M.Ed programme at the Department of Education.
The Syndicate also considered proposals including recognition of Geo-Informatics, Clinical Biochemistry and Bio-Resources as full-fledged Departments-Cum-Research Centers. Until now, the courses in these have been offered under the umbrella of the Earth Sciences, Biochemistry and Botany departments, respectively.
The spokesman said the Syndicate also endorsed the introduction at the Centre for Research and Development (CORD) of this academic session (2020) of an integrated PhD programme in Microbiology. The meeting also considered a variety of administrative issues, apart from considering academic matters, including approval of the services of faculty appointed in recent years.
The University also held its Finance Committee meeting, which was also chaired by Prof Talat Ahmad. Both the Syndicate and Finance Committee meetings, among others, were attended by Mr Shadi Lal Pandita, Director General Codes, Finance Department, J&K (Nominee of the Financial Advisor); Mr Talat Parvez Rohella, KAS, Commissioner/Secretary to Government, Higher Education Department; Prof Nahida Tabassum Dean, School of Applied Sciences & Technology, University of Kashmir; Prof Riyaz Farooq, Dean, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Kashmir; Prof Shohab Inayat Malik, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Jammu; Prof. Roopma Gandotra, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Jammu; Prof. MA Lone Principal, Government Degree College, Khan Sahab; Dr Salma Ahad, Principal, Government Degree College, Magam; Prof Shamim Ahmad Shah, Dean, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Kashmir; Prof Pankaj K Srivastva, Department of Geology, University of Jammu; Prof Vivek Gupta, Department of Physics, University of Jammu; Prof Zafar A Reshi, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir; Prof F A Shah, Department of Management Studies, Central University of Kashmir; Prof Yasmeen Kawoos, Former Dean, School of Education, Cluster University of Srinagar.
From some news agency