Minister for Education, Naeem Akhter today said that rather than opening new colleges, Government is working on the upgradation of existing college infrastructure that will go a long way in making available world class education to students of the state.
“There are 95 degree colleges functional in the State out of which 22 Degree Colleges were sanctioned during the year 2011. 58 colleges out of 95 are functioning in their own building and the remaining 37 are functioning in the makeshift arrangements,” Akhter said.
“Rather than going for expansion, right now the Government is in a phase of upgrading the existing infrastructure in the educational sector including buildings, laboratories, libraries etc and teaching, non-teaching faculty to make them fully functional rather than expansion,” he said.
In reply to a question by Advocate Mohammad Yousuf Bhat today in the House, the Minister said that the Higher Education Department has constituted a Committee on June 26, 2014 to discuss various issues related to introduction of new / additional subjects in Government degree colleges of the State. He said that the issue of introduction of PG subjects would also be considered by the Committee subject to the availability of infrastructure, teaching faculty and in light of other para-meters like subject being taught in the adjoining college, feeding higher secondary schools, scope of subject’s stream etc.
The Education Minister said that, the Government Degree College Shopian has already been allowed to introduce Commerce stream. Besides, it has also been allowed to introduce new job oriented course in Horticulture and Plant Management.