The state of Jammu and Kashmir is all set to get 40 new degree colleges in a phased manner, the J and K Administrative Council (SAC) said on Wednesday. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Governor Satya Pal Malik. The new colleges would include the 26 degree colleges already sanctioned, an official spokesperson said.
During the meeting Governor Satya Pal Malik acknowledging the need for more colleges to provide access to hitherto deprived sections of the society, he said, the SAC has decided to constitute a committee to finalise the phasing of the sanctioned colleges.
The committee will examine the feasibility of likely locations, keeping in view the prescribed norms, besides factors like enrolment, student-teacher ratio, faculty deployment, geographical conditions, and financial requirement, the official said.
Based on the recommendations of the committee, the Higher Education Department will seek approval for operationalization of the sanctioned and the new colleges, he added. The SAC also endorsed the proposal of opening a degree college in Drass and two administrative staff colleges in Srinagar and Jammu, the spokesperson said. The increase in colleges is essential so that more and more youth get the benefit of college education and the gross enrolment rises from the current 26 percent, the spokesman added.