J&K Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Saturday said Kashmir University's South Campus here will be a "hub of advanced learning" where "market-driven and job-oriented courses" will be offered to students.
During his visit to South Campus at Fatehgarh, the Chief Minister—who is the pro-chancellor of the University of Kashmir—issued directions for preparing a 'concept plan' for establishing a Paramedical Institute which shall offer specialized training under single roof to aspirants in emergency medical services, physiotherapy-cum-rehabilitation and nursing.
The Chief Minister's directions came after the KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi made a power-point presentation seeking establishment of a Paramedical Institute in South Campus to supplement regular health-care with key support services like nursing, emergency medical services and physiotherapy-cum-rehabilitation.
Mufti said these skill development colleges will be market-driven and provide ample opportunities of employment to our talented youth.
"The University should coordinate with Health & Medical Education Department and prepare a Concept Plan so that new courses are started at an earliest," he said, asking Prof Andrabi to make South Campus an advanced centre of higher education.
The Chief Minister was briefed that around 400 students are undergoing studies in South Campus for which 24 senior faculty members have been permanently positioned.
The Chief Minister directed Deputy Commissioner Anantnag to explore possibility of acquiring additional land for creating adequate infrastructure at the South Campus.
Minister for Horticulture, Haj &Auqaf, A R Veeri, MPs Mehbooba Mufti and Fayaz Ahmad Laway, MLC Dr Bashir Ahmad Veeri, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B B Vyas, besides various Administrative Secretaries and Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, were present on the occasion.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor said he wants the varsity's satellite campuses to offer "specialized and dedicated courses which are not offered elsewhere in the state."
"That's how we will fulfill the objective of establishing these campuses," he said.
The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied to South Campus by a team of officials including Registrar, Prof Musadiq Amin Sahaf, Dean Academic Affairs Prof MA Wani, Special Secretary Dr M S Sumbli, Deputy Registrar (Development) DrTanveer Ahmad, Executive Engineer Mufti Burhan and PRO FaheemAslam.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister reviewed the Health Sector in Anantnag and stressed upon strengthening peripheral services on round-the-clock basis to avoid referrals to Srinagar and other places for advanced medical treatment.
"Availability of specialist doctors in maternity and childcare wings in all Sub-District Hospitals has to be ensured," the Chief Minister asserted.
Commissioner/Secretary, H&ME, Dr M K Bhandari, informed the Chief Minister that with J&K PSC and SSB becoming fully functional, 845 vacancies of doctors and 4000 vacancies of paramedics in the State will be filled up over next four months on a fast-track basis.
On setting up of new Medical College at Anantnag, the Health Secretary told the Chief Minister that the land has been identified and indent placed before the concerned authorities. "We will be able to source funding after the Cabinet grants approval to change in land use," he said.
The Chief Minister directed the Health Department to complete modalities for taking over of Rehmat-e-Alam Hospital Trust at Anantnag so that it can be developed as a 50-bedded MCH Hospital, which will ease pressure on the new 110-bedded MCH Hospital. He also asked the Health Department to make the Trauma Hospital at Bijbehara fully operational.
Speaking on the occasion, Mehbooba Mufti urged the Health Department to adequately address the issue of shortage of doctors so that people are provided satisfactory healthcare services without any referrals.
While taking review of upgrading higher secondary schools as Model Schools, Commissioner / Secretary, School Education, ShaleenKabra, informed the Chief Minister that six schools, three each in Jammu and Kashmir Divisions, will be developed as Model Schools by August 10, which will feature all aspects of a modern educational institution. He informed the Chief Minister that 50 more schools will be upgraded as Model Schools over the next three months.