Cluster University in Kashmir

  • DR MOHAMMAD FAROOQ RATHER
  • Publish Date: Jan 29 2018 1:24AM
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  • Updated Date: Jan 29 2018 1:24AM
Cluster University in Kashmir

The J & K government in consultation with State  Higher  Education  in  2017  introduced  a scheme for setting up  universities with a view to improve the quality of higher education imparted  in government colleges. To begin with, it set up two cluster universities:   Srinagar and Jammu. The Kothari commission had introduced the idea of establishing clusters of advanced centers as one of the possible means for extension of excellence from the centre to the periphery. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has been pursuing the project of clustering higher educational institutes with the objective of optimum utilization of the existing facilities for the expansion of higher education. In addition, the National knowledge Commission (NKC) has recommended autonomous status to these cluster universities at national level.

To promote co-operation among the well-established neighboring colleges with a view to improve both access and quality of higher education: the concept is to develop independence and interdependence, sharing of resources and developmental opportunities, shared vision in the broad objectives, goals of access, fairness and quality, co-operation in teaching, learning,   research, local needs and student aspirations, benefit for each college with lesser energy expenditure.

The future  research scholars, post graduate level students and also the faculty members, who wish to do experiments and  advanced research, a highly sophisticated research  centre or interdisciplinary research centre  should be created and be  available to all students. The centre will have lab and testing facilities for fields that have relevance across multiple science streams and should not made limited to any particular subject or discipline. Recreation centers though available but not up to the mark needs to be upgraded. 

I believe the Cluster University Srinagar is an ideal platform that requires a broader mind-set, positive attitude and a high level of tolerance especially the heads/administrators of the constituent colleges in sharing the physical and intellectual resources of the colleges. This in future will decide the fate of clustering of other colleges in their respective vicinities of the state.

 

THE WRITER TEACHES AT S. P. COLLEGE, SRINAGAR