Academic autonomy for J&K colleges soon: Chief Secretary

Academic autonomy for J&K colleges soon: Chief Secretary
Mehta said that several government degree colleges were also being motivated to research socially relevant issues.Special arrangement

Jammu: Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta Wednesday said that the colleges in Jammu and Kashmir would soon move towards academic autonomy.

Chairing a meeting to review the functioning of the Higher Education Department (HED), the chief secretary said that under the NEP-2020, government degree colleges of J&K would be given graded autonomy in a phased manner along with academic bank credit facility and NAAC accreditation.

He said that under the Hub-Spoke model the department had identified 14 colleges for establishing Center for Invention, Innovation, Incubation, and Training (CIIIT) besides introducing vocational courses in multiple verticals like agriculture technology, horticulture technology, veterinary technology, food, science, and technology, among others with multiple entries and exit options.

Mehta said that several government degree colleges were also being motivated to research socially relevant issues.

He asked the department to rationalise the availability of teachers at new colleges based on respective student enrolments and evolve a strategy to promote synergy and integration among all colleges through e-lectures in virtual mode.

The chief secretary asked the department to explore additional activities for utilising the state-of-the-art infrastructure available with the colleges in extra-curricular teaching and learning experiences, and awareness generation activities.

Mehta urged the department to frame timelines for granting academic autonomy to the government degree colleges and receive NAAC accreditation over the next five years.

He asked the department to develop an online appraisal mechanism for capturing feedback on teaching-learning outcomes from the HoDs, peers, and students.

Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department, Mission Director, Rashtriya Uchachatar Shiksha Abhiyan, and concerned officers participated in the meeting.

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