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Cluster Universities to be made full-fledged varsities
Will start with few schools, add more PG courses
2/17/2017 10:41:38 PM
Akshay Azad
Early Times Report

Jammu, Feb 19: The Cluster University of Jammu as well as Kashmir will be made full-fledged varsities offering Post Graduate and research in various disciplines. The already running Post Graduate courses will be taken under various schools and later more schools and Post Graduate courses will be started by varsities.
Sources informed Early Times that Cluster Universities are being established under centrally-sponsored Rashtriya Ucchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) and an amount of Rs. 46 Crores was recently sanctioned by Higher Education department for establishment of various types of infrastructure.
"Rs. 23 Crores is sanctioned to each Cluster University for establishment of infrastructure like Library, Hostel, Examination wing, Chamber of Vice Chancellor", sources said, adding that one canteen and one cafeteria would also be established in each of the five Government Degree Colleges. Moreover, classroom buildings would also be under construction in these colleges to run the Post Graduate courses.
Sources further said that at present the Post Graduate courses were being run from some Colleges including PG in English Literature, Post Graduation in Sciences. "A school of Linguistic will be established and PG English lit
The cluster universities shall be made full-fledged varsities by adding more PG courses
rature will come under the school. In the same way the PG Science courses will come under School of Sciences", sources said, adding that new courses would also be offered by the varsities but so far courses were not finalized.
Officials further said that both Cluster Universities would offer post-graduate and diploma courses in various disciplines including liberal arts, science, humanities, social sciences, engineering, teacher education, languages, entrepreneurship development, management and other job-intensive courses. "The Universities would also start research", the official said.
The official also informed that the Cluster Universities would also have powers of giving affiliation to colleges, issue degree, conduct examinations beside other. "As per University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines, a University should have not more than 100 Colleges affiliated with it but at present Jammu University as well as Kashmir University have more than 150 colleges affiliated with them", sources said, adding that more colleges would be de-affiliated from Jammu as well as Kashmir University and would be affiliated with Cluster Universities. In the initial stage, only five colleges of cities would be de-affiliated from Jammu as well as Kashmir University.
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