J&K to have 2 medical universities

J&K to have 2 medical universities

Initially the idea was to set up a single medical university in Jammu and Kashmir.

Initially the idea was to set up a single medical university in Jammu and Kashmir. But fearing trouble, the government has come up with a different plan in order to stave off accusation of bias: the state would now have two medical universities, one in Kashmir and another in Jammu.

The Minister of Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat on Saturday told the Greater Kashmir that to avoid any controversy between the people of Kashmir and Jammu, the state government has decided to have two universities. "Initially, only one medical university was proposed to be set up in the state, but later, we decided to establish two campuses because we don't want any confrontation between people of Jammu and Valley," said Bali Bhagat.

In January 2018, the Health and Medical Education Department had sent a draft bill to the Law and Justice Department for the establishment of a varsity.

The draft bill for the establishment of a medical university was prepared by a four-member-committee constituted by the Health and Medical Education Minister on November 29 last year.

Headed by the Additional Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department, Naseer Ahmed Wani, the 4-member-committee had representatives from Jammu University, Government Medical College, Jammu and Government Dental College, Jammu respectively.

Special Secretary, Law and Justice Department, Acchal Sethi told the Greater Kashmir, "We have vetted the bill and sent it back to the Health and Medical Education Department."

On whether the university would be established through legislation Bhagat said: "Initially, our plan was to move a bill in the State Assembly for discussion in both houses of the state legislature for its passage, but since it is a lengthy process, we will now bring in an ordinance that will be promulgated by the State Cabinet."

According to government records, there are over two dozen medical institutions, including nursing and paramedical colleges and schools in the state which are affiliated to Kashmir and Jammu universities while many still more are coming up.

"These institutions are confronted with multiple issues related to their academic activities vis-à-vis admissions, counseling, timely conduct of exams, results and other allied issues in absence of an exclusive medical university in the state," a government spokesman had said.

The two main universities in Kashmir and Jammu are catering to needs of thousands of students from across the state while medical colleges are also affiliated with them, thus making them overburdened with multiple workloads.

Once established, all medical institutions, including nursing and paramedical colleges and schools in the state would be governed by the medical universities.

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