Srinagar: The Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Thursday approved permanent faculty for the commencement of 5 Years Integrated Course in Mathematics in J&K Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMS) from this academic session.
The Minister issued these directions during a meeting convened to take review of the functioning of J&K Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Higher Education, Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon, Nodal Officer IMS and other senior officers of the higher education department, an official spokesperson said this evening.
During the meeting the Minister was apprised about different activities being carried out by the department and the different issues concerning the department.
Bukhari took the first hand information from the officers regarding the strength of staff and the infrastructure at IMS.
After being informed about the lack of staff in the institute, Bukhari approved the permanent faculty besides authorizing the Nodal Officer to go for academic arrangements if required to make the institute fully functional.
To mention, J&K Institute of Mathematical Sciences was inaugurated in 2013 and was set up in a newly constructed building at Amar Singh College, Srinagar. The Minister was informed that no formal courses in Mathematics were being offered by the Institute so far.
The meeting was informed that the students are already enrolled through proper national level entrance examination and the formal classes would commence from this academic session.
The institute has been setup with an aim to conduct research in mathematical sciences and dissemination of findings to the related sectors.
The meeting was informed that the department of higher education has already raised the issue of funding of JKIMS at a tune of Rs 50 crore under PMDP and its affiliation to Mathematics Institute Chennai.
Meanwhile, Bukhari accompanied by Minister for Public Works (R&B) Naeem Akhtar today conducted extensive tour of constituent colleges of Cluster University Srinagar and reviewed the ongoing construction works being carried under Rashtriya Uchchattar Shikhsha Abhiyan (RUSA).
The Ministers took stock of ongoing works at Government College for Women MA Road Srinagar, SP College Srinagar, College of Education Srinagar, A S College and GDC Bemina.
The joint tour kick started from Women’s College, M A Road where the construction of School of Engineering Technology and Computer Technology is underway.
The ministers were informed that the construction work on the buildings will be completed by March 2018 at the revised cost of Rs 476.77 lakh. The construction of classrooms at the cost of Rs 471.93 lakh will be completed too by the same time.
The Minister for Education directed the officers of the executing agency – R&B department to speed up the pace of work and complete all the construction works taken under RUSA within the given time frame.
On his visit to S P College, the Minister for Education reviewed the construction of Auditorium being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 544.33 Lakh and construction of classrooms with the project cost of Rs 471.93 lakh.
Bukhari was informed that both the projects will be completed by March 2018. However the construction of Canteen/ Cafeteria, Toilet shall be completed by September 2017 at the estimated cost of Rs 45.04 lakh.
The construction work of School of Teacher Education block and construction of Canteen/Cafeteria, Toilet Block and Miscellaneous at Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (College of Education), M.A Road will be completed by September 2017 at the estimated cost of Rs 308.95 lakh.
On his visit to Amar Singh College, Bukhari observed that there was low progress in the construction. Five blocks including Admin Block, VC’s Office, Humanities block, classrooms, Canteen, Toilet and Central Library blocks are currently under construction under RUSA. He directed the concerned officers to gear up and complete their target within the stipulated timeframe.
At Government Degree College Bemina, the minister reviewed the construction of Hostel Building, Classrooms block, School of Social Science block and Canteen, Toilet and Misc block which is being constructed at the total estimated cost of Rs 929.76 lakh and will be completed by October 2017.
Later, both the Ministers visited the proposed site for Bus Stand at Parimpora and observed that the roads were in dilapidated conditions. They directed the concerned officers to repair the roads at an earliest for smooth flow of traffic and pedestrian movement in the area.