Jammu & Kashmir

All JK colleges to introduce skill courses this year, says Admin

An aerial view of Anantnag college as students move on the lawns of the institution. [FPK File Photo]

‘Student feedback, Biometric Attendance to be introduced, Research to be facilitated’

Srinagar: Principal Secretary Higher Education Department (HED), Rohit Kansal on Monday said that all colleges in Jammu and Kashmir will introduce a 30-credit voluntary skill certification programme this year.

“This will be in addition to the curriculum prescribed by the UGC for the undergraduate programme and the aim of this will be to give the students an additional skill certification leading to their higher employability. In addition several other innovative and reformative steps such as a uniform academic calendar, fidelity of the timetable and exam schedule, student and institutional feedback, ERP support, and biometric attendance will be introduced from this year onwards,” he said.

He made these remarks while speaking at the two-day Conference on ‘NEP-2020: Preparedness & Implementation’ here at Lalla Arifa Auditorium of Govt College for Women, MA Road. The conference is jointly being organized by four city colleges, viz. Amar Singh College, S P College, Islamia College of Science and Commerce, and Women’s College M A Road.

Terming the NEP 2020 as a revolutionary policy, he said that the policy promises to change the entire higher education ecosystem in India and its focus on flexibity, multidisciplinary and equity are unique and unprecedented. He reiterated that NEP 2020 had come into being after extensive stakeholder consultations and discussions, deliberations and suggestions from all concerned.

“Now it is time to implement the package. And when it comes to the implementation of policy, all of us have a role to play. Universities have a very important role being norm stetting institutions and the guardians of our academic standards; but in the actual implementation at the ground level the colleges will have to lead the way,” Kansal said while addressing the inaugural session of the conference.

During his address, Vice-Chancellor Cluster University, Prof Qayoom Hussain talked about the importance of NEP 2020 and the preparedness of the University in drafting the syllabus and all related activities.

While speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor University of Kashmir, Prof Neelofer Khan expressed confidence that the NEP 2020 would be fully implemented across all the educational institutions of J&K. She outlined the efforts of the University of Kashmir in this direction and promised all support to the Higher Educational Institutions in the implementation of the policy.

Director Colleges J&K, Dr Yasmeen Ashai gave a brief about the conference and said that the conference would help in effective and wide consultations with stakeholders and academicians and will set a roadmap for better implementation of NEP 2020.

Principal Government Women’s College Srinagar, Prof (Dr) Ruhi Jan Kanth gave a brief overview of NEP 2020 and said the policy envisages multidisciplinary and holistic education with creative and logical thinking coupled with the extension of technology.

She said that the deliberations of the conference would be used to roll out NEP’s implementation in the Union Territory of J&K.


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