Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu on Friday directed for the framing of comprehensive Recruitment Policy to rationalize the recruitment process in the higher education.
The Lt Governor passed these directions while reviewing the functioning of Higher Education department in a meeting here at the Civil Secretariat.
Kewal Kumar Sharma, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance; Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education; Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor;Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner Jammu; Talat Parvez Rohella, Secretary, Higher Education and other senior officers attended the meeting.
The Lt Governor observed that it is important to have a comprehensive recruitment policy and asked the officers to frame the same to streamline the functioning of the department.
During the meeting, the Lt Governor was briefed about the functioning of higher educational institutions in terms of enrolment, status of infrastructure, staff strength, various centrally sponsored schemes, besides several other important issues.
The Lt Governor directed the officers to resolve all seniority and recruitment issues in the Higher Education department at the earliest to remove all the bottlenecks. He further directed them to submit proposal for funding of newly sanctioned colleges, including professional colleges.
The Lt Governor further asked the officers to identify all the important issues in the education sector and redress the same for the smooth functioning of the department.
The chair was informed that J&K has a high ratio of girl students with 52 % of girls enrolment recorded in Higher Education. Under Gender Equity initiatives, 14 girls hostels, 32 additional canteen and 22 Toilet blocks have been built under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shikha Abhiyan (RUSA) and intranet facility has been extended to 70 colleges across J&K.
On milestones and achievements in Higher Education, the meeting was informed that the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in J&K is 30.9 against 26.3 at the National Level. 42 colleges have NAAC accreditation and 04 more colleges are in the process. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, University of Kashmir and the University of Jammu are amongst the top 100 Universities in the country in National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF ranking).