JAMMU: Secretary designate, Union Human Resource Development Ministry, K K Sharma Tuesday convened a meeting to review the functioning of higher education institutions in J&K besides taking stock of progress on infrastructure development in the sector under different schemes in the state.

The meeting had detailed deliberations on present position of several key projects being executed in the state like establishment of IIT, IIM, IIMC, CSS, RUSA etc.

Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar, who was also present in the meeting, informed that optimum use of existing infrastructure in colleges and Universities has been initiated besides evening classes are being started in some colleges and state universities to make best possible use of the existing infrastructure. He revealed that several start-up initiatives have been launched for skill development and career counseling started in some Government Degree Colleges of the State. He also elaborated on initiatives like revisiting curriculum for promoting creativity among students,   academic training programmes, vocational courses, diversification of infrastructure and IT awareness among the students. He said efforts are being made to uplift the standard of universities in the state so that these could figure among the top universities in the world.

Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon made a power point presentation on the status of IIT, IIM, IIMC, Central University Kashmir, Central University Jammu, two state universities besides achievements in academic and research sectors. He informed that the state government has issued necessary instructions regarding starting of BSc nursing courses at GCW M A Road Srinagar and GCW Gandhi Nagar Jammu and two Architect Colleges one each at MAM College Jammu and GDC