To provide better vocational and quality education in the state,Jammu and Kashmir government will introduce National Vocational Quality Education Framework (NVQEF) in its colleges from the current academic session.
Department of Higher Education will introduce NVQEF in the colleges with the assistance of All India Controller of Technical Education and Ministry of Human Resources Development Department,Minister for Higher Education,Labour and Employment Abdul Gani Malik said replying to a debate in the Assembly today.
Also,under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister,a State Advisory Council for Higher Education has been constituted,Malik said.
To give boost to higher education in the state,the plan allocation in the sector has been increased from 0.9 per cent during 2008-09 to 2.7 per cent during 2011-12 (Rs 46.86 crore to Rs 175.00 crore),Malik said.
Meanwhile,a Special Plan Assistance of Rs 40 crore released by the Central government has improved basic infrastructure in the educational institutions,he said.
The minister said Rs 117 crore was also recently approved by the UGC for the infrastructural development of various university campuses.
Around Rs 400 lakh is approved for BGBS University during the current financial year for its various expansion and construction projects,he said.
During the current financial year,four colleges and two state Universities were accredited with “A” grade and 17 colleges are in the process of getting re-accredited by NAAC,he added.
Further many job oriented courses have been introduced in the degree colleges to enable the youth to get good jobs.
He said that 95 degree colleges,including 22 newly established,have been sanctioned for the state and 73 of them have been made functional.
Eleven women colleges and seven universities,including two Central Universities and three private universities are providing quality higher education to the students.
Highlighting the achievements of the Labour Department,Malik said that under the Building and other Construction Workers Act,the number of establishment registered has gone up from 169 to 346.