Letter To Editor | CUK’s DIC Project In Shambles

THE Design Innovation Centre is one of the prestigious projects of the Central University of Kashmir. It was established in the year 2018 under the National Initiative of Design Innovation of MHRD, GoI with the appointment of Prof. N A Nadeem, a noted academician as its first Project Director. The DIC at Central University of Kashmir follows the Hub & Spoke model with 09 spokes established across the Kashmir valley. These Spoke Centre's offers One-year Diploma Courses.

Ironically, the varsity has shifted all the spoke centres from these degree colleges to Green Campus of Central University of Kashmir without providing any notice to the spoke centres. This has directly affected the students of other districts of Union Territory of J&K and Ladakh. However, it was decided with the Ministry of Education before getting this project that the university will open the spoke centres at various districts and will bridge the gap to provide an opportunity to the students.

Additionally, there are 11 on-going 06 month Research Projects in different specializations/trades at DIC CUK. Among which 04 are senior research fellows and 07 are junior research fellows. These research fellows were admitted in the month of December 2018 but till now their research projects and prototypes were not evaluated. The university is supposed to draft/make some prototypes to submit the same with the Ministry of Education but the university failed to do the same. From the last three years no patents were filed.

The university in its first phase received 1.5 crore rupees in 2018 and then 1 crore rupees in 2021 for various research based innovative products which is the actual theme of Design Innovation Centre.

Ex-Staffer DIC 

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