It is a great honour for me to have been given the responsibility of the founding Registrar of the Cluster University of Srinagar. This should go without saying that establishing a new institution is a challenge and requires a cohesive and coordinated effort of all the stake holders. I shall, therefore, hope and expect whole-hearted support from the government, the existing well established universities, society and indeed the students.
The idea of clustering existing and well established degree colleges to run a new university owns its origin to the recommendation of RUSA (Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan) National mission for Higher education. The idea is appreciable as it facilitates the job of expanding Higher education sector and drastically reduces the cost of initial investments on infrastructure and human resource. This idea also ensures an optimal usage of the existing resources of the cluster institutions and thus helps in the pursuit of the ambitious national goals of access, equity and excellence in the sector of higher education. In the long run this should also serve as an enormous opportunity towards enhancing the national Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) as well.
The Cluster University of Srinagar shall, on the one hand, strive to cater to the aspirations of the undergraduate and post-graduate students interested in the traditional programmes and on the other hand, make integrated programmes. This shall include integrated PG as well as the research programs as its defining features. Introduction of academic programmes which are in line with the demands and requirements of job market, industry, applied research, manufacturing in both private & corporate sector shall be the other unique feature of this university. The university will not aim at demolishing the existing systems of academics or indulge in creating competitive and comparison situations. However, it shall definitely work towards bringing visible and meaningful reform in the course content, course transaction, student support and evaluation. I hope our clientele and the stake holders – the students, shall remain focused on the development of their over-all personality and extend their support in the noble cause of establishing a new higher education institute in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Dr. Yaseen Ahamd Shah
The Cluster University Srinagar
It is a matter of privilege and honor for me to be the founding Vice-Chancellor of the Cluster University Srinagar (CUS). I believe that establishment of the Cluster University is an innovative and a strategic intervention in the higher education sector of the State. The CUS has been established under "The Srinagar and Jammu Cluster Universities Act, 2016" and the infrastructure development is funded through the Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development. The mandate of CUS is to provide opportunities to the aspiring students of the State to pursue higher education and also to bridge the critical gaps in specialized disciplines. The CUS has been created by pooling the resources of five existing colleges of Amar Singh College, Sri Pratap College, Govt. College for Women, M. A. Road, Govt. Degree College, Bemina and Govt. College of Education. These five constituent colleges of the Cluster University have adequate academic, physical and technical infrastructural facilities and the mission of CUS would be to lead these colleges to the advanced schools of learning.
The higher educational sector of the State is in dire need of a paradigm shift due to technological innovations occurring around the world. The modern tools of e-learning shall form an integral component of the educational system at CUS. Innovative under-graduate and post-graduate courses shall be introduced at CUS that will have close linkages with the industry. We intend to devise the curriculum of the CUS schools in coordination with the industry and other stakeholders.
In the words of Albert Einstein "Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of minds to think". At CUS, we intend to introduce a multi-dimensional assessment system that shall include seminars, group discussions, field survey etc. This will widen the intellectual horizons of the students. CUS is also planning to have a complete transparency in the evaluation process and student shall have vested rights to contest the assessments.
The constituent campuses of CUS have glorious past and have immensely contributed to the intellectual growth of the people of the State. The faculty of the constituent colleges is highly skilled with many of them having advanced doctorate and post-doctorate degrees. CUS shall also be recruiting more than 40 faculty in specialized disciplines in the near future. I consider CUS will have one of the largest faculty strengths in the region with this augmentation.
I welcome all the aspiring students to our University. I am sure that you will find our campuses intellectually stimulating and have a wonderful learning experience with us.
Prof. Sheikh Javid Ahmed
The Cluster University Srinagar
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