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J&K Govt proposes 50% financial assistance for educational institutes in student mentorship

Riyaz Bhat

Srinagar, Oct 23: J&K’s higher education department has proposed to provide fifty percent of financial assistance for aspiring educational institutes to attract international mentors for its students.

The official documents accessed by the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) reads, “On expenditure incurred by schools, higher and technical education institutions for bringing international educators and mentors for knowledge exchange activities for a minimum period of one week, Government of Jammu and Kashmir will provide 50 percent reimbursement up to the maximum limit of Rs 2 Lakhs per institute for maximum of 10 institutes per year.”

About the curriculum examination reforms, authorities have said that the government will bring reforms like LMS, CMS, Library up-gradation using IT solutions will be undertaken to overhaul the examination and grading system for continuous assessment of learning outcomes during each semester along with question bank management so as to make it more relevant to the changing skill and educational requirement and scenario.

“Special focus will be given to get NAAC accreditation for all leftover or eligible colleges, to achieve the target of NAAC accreditation of all colleges by 2020-21,” it reads.

It states that the Higher Education Department shall persuade the affiliating Universities to award credits to acknowledge the contribution of students in social out-reach activities.

The skill courses will be an integral part of the curriculum with add on courses on disruptive technologies for making the youth of Jammu and Kashmir more employable and job ready,” it reads.

Similarly, stating the development of career counselling and placement, the documents read that efforts will be made to establish and strengthen placement cells at college directorate level and all government degree colleges of Jammu and Kashmir and connect them with private sector enterprises.

National and International Academic Exchange

“Programme Academic student exchange programs offer numerous opportunities in India and abroad and are among the most exciting and career enhancing activities for the students,” it reads.

Meanwhile, Principal Secretary Higher Education Department Alok Kumar and other concerned officials were not available to comment on the subject.—(KNO)

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