Srinagar: Minister for Education, Mr. Naeem Akhter today introduced in the House A Bill to provide for the establishment of the Cluster University of Kashmir and the Cluster University of Jammu and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto:
The creation of two Cluster Universities in the State under Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) by pooling the resources of five existing colleges that have adequate academic, physical and technical infrastructural facilities with one of the each in Srinagar and Jammu acting as Lead College aims at improving the quality of State Universities and Colleges and enhance their capacities to become dynamic, demand driven and quality conscious. A number of courses including Post-graduation, under-graduation and diploma in different subjects shall be introduced in these schools thus benefiting the students to pursue their higher studies in regular mode.
The Cluster University Srinagar and Cluster University Jammu will each comprise of five colleges functioning within a radius of 3-4 kilometers in Srinagar and Jammu respectively. As per the approval of State Higher Education Council (SHEC)/Project Approval Board (PAB), five schools with eleven PG departments each are to be established at the two universities. Amar Singh College, Sri Pratap College, Government College for Women M. A. Road, Government Degree College, Bemina and Government College of Education, Srinagar shall be the constituent colleges of the cluster University of Kashmir whereas, Government Gandhi Memorial Science College, Moulana Azad Memorial College, S.P. M. R. College of Commerce, Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar and Government College of Education, Jammu shall constitute the constituent Colleges of the Cluster University of Jammu immediately after this Act comes into force.