Colleges to close admissions if student number is below 10 in a subject

In a new move, the government degree colleges have decided to close such subjects which have meagre enrolment of students.

An official said the colleges have instructed the students that no admission will start in the courses if the number of students applying for admissions is less than 10.

The move comes at a time when the governor administration is opening new colleges across the state, citing demand of students particularly those living in far off areas.

An official said the students are denied admission in various subjects at under graduate level due to the poor response of the students in the streams.

Government Degree College Ramnagar Jammu is a case in point, where the college authorities have directed the students that they won’t be given admission in the college in streams like BCA, BBA, Philosophy and Psychology subjects if the number of students seeking admission is less than 10.

Other degree colleges have put the students under same instructions leaving them disappointed. The fresh admission session of the colleges in Jammu started recently.

“It is utter disappointing,” an official said.

The decision has also agitated the college faculty and parents of the students.

“We appeal the governor administration to intervene into the matter and instruct the higher education department not to close admission process in the streams which have been started after struggle by the local populace in the area,” a group of faculty members told Greater Kashmir.

The decision has cost the educated unemployed youth dearly as the colleges are not hiring contractual lecturers and teaching assistants on contract basis.

It may be recalled that the governor administration has announced 102 new degree colleges in state in past one year citing the non-availability of higher education facilities for students in rural areas.

Director Colleges J&K, Muhammad Yaseen Shah, said the decision has been taken by government to streamline the process for hiring contractual lecturers and academic assistants in colleges on contract basis.

“The issue needs to be understood properly. Government has to make arrangement of teachers in colleges. In colleges having sanctioned strength we have the provision of hiring of contractual lecturers,” Shah said.

He said it becomes problematic for the government to hire academic arrangement teachers for colleges which don’t have sanctioned strength. “In these colleges, the burden of academic arrangement gets shifted to students enrolled in the particular stream as the salary is managed from the fee of students,” he said.

In view of this, the government has decided to hire the academic arrangement for such streams where the number of students is more than 10 or 15. “Otherwise the admission of students becomes virtually self-financed which is unethical. So, if the enrolment in any college is less than 10, the students should try to get admission in adjacent colleges,” he said.