Published On: Thu, Mar 29th, 2012

UGC funded Rs 202 Cr. for Universities in Jammu & Kashmir : State Government

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Abdul Gani MalikJammu & Kashmir

The University Grants Commission released funds worth Rs 202 crore to universities in Jammu and Kashmir for developing their campuses, the state government said today.

“The UGC has made Rs 117 crore and Rs 85 crore available to Universities for the development of their campuses,” Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik told the Legislative Council. The budgetary allocation for higher education in Jammu and Kashmir has increased by three-fold during the last three years, he said, adding that the figure had crossed Rs 200 crore in 2011-12 as compared to Rs 26 crore alloted in 2008-09. There are currently 97 colleges, 11 women colleges, 5 universities and 258 private institutions in the state, the minister said. As such, he said, the gross enrolment ratio has also shown a considerable increase. A state advisory council on higher education has been constituted to monitor the consolidation of higher education in the state, Malik said. Recruitments are on to ensure adequate number of staff in all the colleges in the state. The government has also approved 1,200 posts of assistant professors to augment the faculty at college level, he said.

[ Source : IBN Live ]

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