Srinagar, Oct 9: The state Assembly Saturday passed seperate bills facilitating setting up of three universities in the state including Transworld Muslim University by Jammu and Kashmir Jamiat-e-Ahli-Hadith.
Coming up in the central Kashmir's Budgam district, the varsity is estimated to cost Rs 135 crore and would be set up on more than 100 kanals of land.
The bill for setting up the institute – Trans-world Muslim University to provide Islamic, Scientific, Technical and other education – was tabled in the Assembly in 2009 during its winter session in Jammu. Following objections on certain points by the government, the bill moved by the National Conference legislator, Mir Saifullah, was referred to cabinet sub-committee in February 2010.
The President, Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith, Moulana Showkat Ahmed would be the pro-chancellor of the varsity as per the proposed legislation. It will have 11-member board as a supreme authority which will comprise of chancellor, two Muslim members of the State legislature to be nominated by the chancellor, vice-chancellor and the administrative secretary in the higher education department, two eminent educationists and academicians not affiliated with the university to be nominated by the pro-chancellor, as its members.
The bill was passed by the House with four amendments brought by the government, through a voice-vote.
The varsity is likely to introduce courses related to entrepreneurship at the outset so that more youth could get jobs. Besides, subjects like Economics and Law would be made part of the curricula at the beginning. It is likely to operate from the Parraypora, complex of Salfia Muslim Institute till varsity structure comes up at Narkara, Budgam for which the Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith has already acquired 100 kanals of land.
This Transworld University would be funded by Jamiat Ahlihadith, the Salfia Muslim Educational and Research Trust and Wakf Tanzeem Trust. The Salphia Muslim Educational Research Trust will have to provide the government Rs 10 crores as security to safeguard the interests of students and employees of the University.
The House passed another bill seeking establishment of Sheikh-ul-Alam Research University. To be set up in Shadipora here the varsity would be established by Karvan-e-Islami in the name of Sheikh-ul Alam (RA). It was moved by NC MLA from Handwara, Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan and passed through voice-vote with eight amendments brought by the government.
The lower house also passed a bill granting sanction for setting up a varsity–Guru Nanak Khalsa University—in Jammu.
The bill mentions that the chief minister shall be the chancellor of university. "Chancellor will consult pro-chancellor to appoint vice-chancellor, chancellor for the varsity," it reads.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik, said government would have no role in setting up the universities. "We will not be providing any kind of assistance like financing, manpower infrastructure for the universities. The organization will have to manage it independently," he said.
'KU CAMPUS AT KARGIL'
Meanwhile, the government today informed the House that the Kashmir University in its Council meeting of June 6, 2008 and March 30, 2009 has approved establishment of a University Campus at Kargil.
This was stated by Minister of State for Cooperative Dr Manohar Lal in reply to a question of Aga Syed Razvi in Legislative Council.
He said 100 kanals of land have been identified by the Deputy Commissioner, Kargil at Khurbathang near Kargil airport for establishment of the University Campus. The University of Kashmir has submitted a proposal of over Rs. 18.78 crore which includes Rs. 3.48 crore as recurring cost, the Minister said adding that the proposal is being submitted to Planning and Development Department and Finance Department for their concurrence/ agreement.
Replying to supplementaries, the Minister said that setting up of University Camps at Poonch and Bhaderwah by Jammu University has also been taken up and land identified for the purpose.