KU ‘reluctant’ to run human rights course

Varsity Authorities Indecisive On Taking Financial Assistance From UGC

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Dec 30:  Kashmir University authorities are indecisive on accepting the financial assistance from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for running a human rights course at the varsity.
 The UGC has invited proposals from all educational institutes across India for the year 2012-2013 under the UGC XII Five Year Plan for running courses ranging from certificate courses to post graduate programmes. “The UGC has been implementing the scheme of Human Rights Education and inviting proposals every year from the Universities/Colleges/Institutes which are included under section 2(1) and 12 (B) of the UGC Act. Accordingly, all the eligible and interested Universities/Colleges/Institutes are requested to submit their proposals as per the prescribed format made available in the guidelines of the scheme,” reads a UGC letter to Kashmir University.
 According to the UGC guidelines, the financial assistance will be provided for introduction of Foundation Course (2-3 months), Certificate Course (3-6 months), and Undergraduate Course/ a Postgraduate Diploma Course (9-12 months), Postgraduate Degree Course, an Integrated Master Programme in "Human Rights Education."
 According to the guidelines, the UGC will not only provide financial assistance for running the courses but also provide finances for conducting Seminars/Symposia/Workshops, Moot Court/ Mock Trial and for encouraging publication of Books and Journals and for Promotion of Human Rights Standards, Social Concerns and Human Development.
 The assistance will continue throughout the XII UGC plan from 20012-2017 about which UGC has asked educational institutions to reply by 31st January 2013.
 Interestingly in 2003, the University of Kashmir started one-year post graduate diploma course in human rights under the aegis of Law Department. However the University stopped the course in 2009 without citing any reason. Observers however said the decision was ‘politically motivated.’ The varsity move evoked criticism from human rights activists and students.
 According to observers, there is nothing wrong if the University teaches human rights. “This is the case with many universities where human rights courses are taught. So the University has no reason to be reluctant in having the course on the campus,” said a KU professor, insisting not to be named.
 When contacted, the KU Registrar Prof Zaffar Reshi said: “We have not decided anything on the issue yet. I will let u know when we take any decision.”

Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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