JK to have 2 Cluster Universities

JAMMU: Setting up of Cluster Universities in Srinagar and Jammu will not only augment the existing higher education facilities in the State, but help diversification of the academics with introduction of latest job-intensive courses at the graduate and post-graduate levels, Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar said.

Akhtar said the two Cluster Universities are being established in the State under centrally-sponsored Rashtriya Ucchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) to run series of additional and novel courses in the existing city colleges, with one of the Colleges each in Srinagar and Jammu acting as the lead college.

He said a grant of Rs 55 crore each has been provided under RUSA for development of additional infrastructure for these Cluster Universities. “The Cluster University in Jammu will comprise GGM Science College, Government MAM College, SPMR College of Commerce, Government College for Women Gandhi Nagar and Government College of Education, Canal Road. Similarly, the Cluster University in Srinagar will comprise Amar Singh College, SP College, Women’s College MA Road, GDC Bemina  and the College of Education, Srinagar,” the Minister said adding that in Jammu GGM Science College will be the Lead College for the new University while in Srinagar Amar Singh College will be the Lead College.

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