Start evening classes to augment intake capacity: Akhtar tells IUST

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AWANTIPORA: Suggesting Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) to start evening classes on experimental basis, Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar Wednesday said the move will pave the way for such students to enroll for higher education who don’t get admission in educational institutions of the state due to paucity of seats.  

He said the initiative will make the University utilize the available resources in the best interest of the students and also prevent them from getting duped by the fake universities outside the State.

The Minister was speaking at a seminar on “Igniting Mathematical Potential and Creative Thought (IMPACT)” organized by IUST Awantipora in the campus today.

He said the universities in J&K can emulate the model of the neighboring Punjab University which has a full-fledged Multidisciplinary Evening Studies Department offering a variety of courses including technical learning. He said especially introduction of vocational courses during evening classes would ensure at least respectable livelihood for the youth benefitting a large proportion of students. “More significantly, there are a large number of young men and women who take up employment directly after high school, and then realize that their career prospects are restricted because of the absence of a degree,” Akhtar said and added that evening classes would tremendously also benefit  such youth who are unable to get admission in normal process.

He said the Kashmir University and the Central University Kashmir have already begun the process for starting evening classes and IUST can also join the initiative to become a part of the global trend in education.

The Minister asked teachers to rejuvenate entrepreneurial skills among the students so that they will set up income generating units of their own rather than hankering after government jobs. He said Government is providing financial assistance as well as expertise advice for the purpose.

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