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University of Kashmir Hazbartbal, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir


University of Kashmir Hazbartbal, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Address:20/5 A, Trikuta Nagar Hazbartbal
Srinagar (District Srinagar)
Jammu and Kashmir, India
Pin Code : 180012

University of Kashmir Hazbartbal, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir is a University recognised by UGC. University of Kashmir Hazbartbal, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir is also known as Kashmir University Hazbartbal. University of Kashmir Hazbartbal, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir was established on / in 1948.

Principal of University of Kashmir Hazbartbal, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir is Prof Dr Neelofar Khan.

University of Kashmir Hazbartbal is situated in Srinagar of Jammu and Kashmir state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Srinagar comes under Srinagar Tehsil, Srinagar District.

Fax # of University of Kashmir Hazbartbal, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir is 0194-2425195, 2421357.

Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of University of Kashmir Hazbartbal, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir is (are) : 0194- 2420569.

email ID(s) is University of Kashmir Hazbartbal Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir

Website of University of Kashmir Hazbartbal, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir is www.kashmiruniversity.net, www,ddeku.edu.in.

Vice Chancellor : Prof. Abdul Wahid, Tel: 0194 2423345(O) 2420569(R).

Registrar : earlier Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din Mir, Tel: 0194 2420333(O) 2403544(R), now Prof S Fayyaj Ahmed.

Contact Details of University of Kashmir Hazbartbal, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir are : Telephone: +91-194-2420333, 2403544, 2423345, 2420078, 2420405, 2420570, 2420571 2421346, 2423276, 2424152, 2429870 (VC Office)
Registrar: Zafar Ahmed

Jammu Chapter:
172-A/D, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu-180004

Kashmir University Academic Staff College, Hazratbal
Kashmir University Bio-informatics Centre, Hazratbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir University Centre for Adult Continuing and Extension Education, Hazratbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir University Centre of Central Asian Studies, Hazratbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir University Centre of Plant Taxonomy, Hazratbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir University Centre of Research for Development(CORD), Hazratbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir University Educational Multimedia Research Centre(EMMRC), Hazratbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir University Institute of Kashmir studies, Hazratbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir University Iqbal Institute, Hazratbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir University Population Research Centre, Hazratbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir University Sheikh-ul-Alam Chair (Markaz-i-Noor), Hazratbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir University State Resource Centre, Hazratbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir University Science Instrumentation Centre, Hazratbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir University Womens Studies Centre, Hazratbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Department of Law
Faculty Members- Prof Shakeel Ramshu


Certificate Courses:
Certificate Course in Hindi
Certificate Course in Modern Spoken Persian
Certificate Course in German, French and Russian Languages
Certificate Course in Sanskrit
Certificate Course in Quranic Studies

Under Graduate Courses:
LLB (5 years integrated)
B.Sc. (Pharmacy)

Post Graduate Courses:
M.A. (Arabic, English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Linguistics, Persian, Urdu, Kashmiri, Mathermatics, Statistics

Master of Social Science (Islamic Studies, Sociology, Social Work, Geography & Regional Development, Psychology, Political Science, Economics

Master of Social Sciences (History)
M.Sc. (Chemistry, Geology, Electronics, Botany, Zoology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Bioresources, Clinical Biochemistry, Statistics)
M.Sc. Home Science (Foods and Nutrition)
M.Sc. Home Science (Extension & Communication)
M.Sc. Home Science (Human Development)

Masters of Library and Information Science

Master of Finance and Control (MFC)
M.A. (Mass Communication and Journalism)

PG Diploma in Business Administration
PG Diploma in Kashmiri
PG Diploma in Human Rights and Duties Education Course
PG Diploma in Remote Sensing & GIS
PG Diploma Course in Hindi
PG Diploma in Sanskrit
Diploma Course in German and French Languages
PG Diploma in Computer Application
PG Diploma in Adult & Non-formal Eucation
PG Diploma in Population Education
Diploma in Professional Laboratory in Chemistry

Other departments of this University:
Academic Staff College,
Bio-informatics Centre,
Centre for Adult Continuing and Extension Education,
Centre of Central Asian Studies,
Centre of Plant Taxonomy,
Centre of Research for Development(CORD),
Department of Law, Srinagar
Department of Management Studies,
Department of Mass Communication,
Educational Multimedia Research Centre(EMMRC),
Faculty of Arts,
Faculty of Arts, Department of Arabic,
Faculty of Arts, Department of English,
Faculty of Arts, Department of Hindi,
Faculty of Arts, Department of Kashmiri,
Faculty of Arts, Department of Library and Information Science,
Faculty of Arts, Department of Linguistics,
Faculty of Arts, Department of Persian,
Faculty of Arts, Department of Sanskrit,
Faculty of Arts, Department of Urdu,
Faculty of Arts, Institute Of Foreign Languages,
Faculty of Commerce and Management, Department of Commerce,
Faculty of Commerce and Management, The Business School,
Faculty of Education,
Faculty of Engineering,
Faculty of Law,
Faculty of Music and Fine Arts,
Faculty of Oriental Learning,
Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry,
Faculty of Science, Department of Biotechnology,
Faculty of Science, Department of Botany,
Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry,
Faculty of Science, Department of Computer Science,
Faculty of Science, Department of Electronics and Instrumentation Technology,
Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Science,
Faculty of Science, Department of Food Science and Technology,
Faculty of Science, Department of Geology and Geophysics,
Faculty of Science, Department of Institute of Home Science,
Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics,
Faculty of Science, Department of Pharmaceutical Science,
Faculty of Science, Department of Physics,
Faculty of Science, Department of Statistics,
Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology,
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics,
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Regional development,
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of History,
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Media Education Research Center,
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science,
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology,
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Shah-i-Hamdan Institute of Islamic Studies,
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Social Work,
Institute of Kashmir studies,
Iqbal Institute,
Population Research Centre,
Sheikh-ul-Alam Chair (Markaz-i-Noor),
State Resource Centre,
the Department of Distance Education,
University Science Instrumentation Centre,
Womens Studies Centre

* Faculty of Arts
* Faculty of Commerce and Management
* Faculty of Education
* Faculty of Engineering
* Faculty of Law
* Faculty of Medicine
* Faculty of Music and Fine Arts
* Faculty of Oriental Learning
* Faculty of Science
* Faculty of Social Sciences

Profile of University of Kashmir Hazbartbal

The University of Kashmir came into existence when the University of Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two individual universities - the University of Jammu and the University of Kashmir, in the year 1965. The university has been granted grade 'A' by National Accreditation and Assesment Council (NAAC). It serves as a state university and is a member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

Various courses under different streams are offered by the university. The university has started offering courses in management studies from the academic year 1991. Besides MBA, several other courses such as MCA and M.Tech (Embedded systems), Biotechnology, GIS and Remote Sensing, Bio-Informatics and Environmental Sciences have also been started by the university.

The Kashmir University is one of the premier universities in India. The seeds of first university in Kashmir ware planted immediately after India gained its independence from British. The university has evolved from basic education provider in valley to full fledged university offering courses in various streams. The university is also sought by many foreign students especially from gulf, Iran, Iraq and some African countries. Kashmir university is situated on the western side of world famous Dal Lake, surrounded with beautiful gardens(Bagh), namely Amar sing bagh, Naseem bagh, Mirza Bagh. The campus is filled with world famous Chinar trees (Maple) and views from close by mountains and lake make it one of the beautiful universities in world.

Quick Facts:
* Established: 1948
* First Honorary Vice-Chancellor: J. N. Wazir
* First Vice-Chancellor: Mr. A. A. Fyzee
* Special Ordinance(1965): Jammu and Kashmir two separate Universities
* Post Graduate Students: 3500
* Student Diversity: Local and Foreign students
* M.Phil and Ph.D: 430
* Research Centers: 18
* Number of Departments: 54
* Affiliated colleges: 62
* Research: Atmospheric studies and Medicinal plant
* Latest Technological Courses: MCA, Bio-Tech, GIS and Remote Sensing, Bio-Informatics and Environmental Sciences.
* Research Papers Published: > 4000
* Ph.D. Degree Awarded: > 600
* M.Phil Degree Awarded:> 500
* Faculty Members: > 250
* M.Phil & Ph.D. Scholars: > 400
* Note: With time above statistic may have changed.

Locals take private transportation or state government managed buses for daily commute to the university. The private matadors (mini bus) operate from different part of city and busses can be boarded from central station in Lal chowk (down town). :

By Air: The nearest airport is situated in Srinagar the main city in Kashmir. The Srinagar airport is well connected to all major cities in India. Foreign students first land at New Delhi before catching domestic flight to Srinagar or taking local train or bus to reach Kashmir University.

By Rail : The nearest railway station is in Jammu, which is approximately 295 km from Srinagar. One can reach Jammu by train and then take Bus or private taxi to Kashmir University.

By Road : Once in Srinagar, you have wide variety of option(Taxi, Bus, private transportation, University Bus) to reach Kashmir University.

The University arose out of humble origins immediately after Independence when in 1948 the State Government established an institute for conduct of examinations with its headquarters at Srinagar, Justice J. N. Wazir being its Honorary Vice-Chancellor. This was followed by a noble effort by the authorities to revive the old tradition of learning and teaching, an essential feature of ancient Kashmir, through the establishment of three postgraduate departments in 1956 - English at Srinagar, and Economics and Geology at Jammu. Thus came into being a full-fledged University, then christerned the University of Jammu and Kashmir, with Mr. A. A. Fyzee as its first whole-time Vice-Chancellor. The University was shifted to the present campus, known as Amar Singh Bagh, when the land was donated by Dr. Karan Singh, the second Chancellor of the University. A lay-out plan was prepared by Mr. Fayaz-ud-Din, Chief Town Planner from what is now Andhra Pradesh and Mr. G. B. Mhatra, an eminent architect of Bombay. With financial assistance provided by the University Grants Commission and the State Government, a series of construction works began at the Campus in 1959, with the foundation stone laid for the Arts Faculty Block by Bakhshi Ghulam Mohammad, the then Prime Minister of the State, on 5 June 1959. The Faculty was commissioned on 1 August 1960 by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the then Vice-President of the country.

In 1965 the University was reorganized and divided into two divisions of equal status; one for the province of Jammu and the other for the province of Kashmir - with a central organization having specific legislative and executive powers relating to budget, finance, planning, coordination, improvement of standards of teaching and examinations and devising of courses of studies. Each division had its own executive body to run the day-to-day administration and its own academic bodies to formulate programmes and policies. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor was the chief executive and academic officer of the concerned division while the Vice-Chancellor was the principal executive and academic head of the whole University. Mr. G. A. Mukhtar, the then Education Advisor to the State Government was appointed the first Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Kashmir division.

By an ordinance promulgated by the Governor of the State of J&K on 5 September 1969 - which was subsequently replaced by an Act of the State Legislature and was published in the Government Gazette on 10 November 1969, the University of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two full-fledged Universities : the University of Jammu and the University of Kashmir. Accordingly, the statutes and regulations of the Jammu and Kashmir University Act, 1965 were modified.

Since 1956, this academic institution has come a long way and has developed into a multi-faculty University, imparting instruction in various subjects in the Faculty of Arts, Languages, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Education, Commerce, Law, Medicine, Dental Surgery, Engineering, Music and Fine Arts and Non-formal Education, all manned by academics with considerable teaching and research experience, some of whom occupy places of eminence in the academic world.

The University provides reasonably comfortable residential facilities - on first-come-first-served basis to the teaching and non-teaching staff as well as to students, male and female, in hostels. Besides the departmental libraries, the University has a centrally-heated central library, called Iqbal Library, with a vast collection of books, leading national and international journals and magazines and the recently installed internet facility. The location of the library, a magnificent edifice, at a walking distance from the various departments of the University, renders it easily accessible to teachers, research scholars and students of the University.

Message of Prof. (Dr.) Riyaz Punjabi, Vice-Chancellor
The University Campus spread over 263 acres of land is situated in the picturesque setting of glittering snow clad mountains of Harmokh range, the placid waters of Dal Lake and the divine grace of Hazratbal Shrine. The University comprises the Amarsingh Bagh, the Mughal Garden of Chinars and the Mirza Bagh. It is under the shade of Chinars in the University Campus that Moulana Abul Kalam Azad wrote some of his letters during his visit to Kashmir which later found place in his famous Gubar-i-Khatir. In pursuit of higher learning the University provides large facilities in terms of teaching faculties, infrastructure and library. The University has 54 departments and offers 65 courses and programmes in diverse disciplines of science, arts, humanities and technology. The University has kept pace with the new developments in the field of education and information revolution and has introduced postgraduate courses in Environmental Sciences, Information Technology, Embedded System and Solutions, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Psychology and Social Work. The fully computerized library of the University has access to information through VSAT, Radio Link and Campus Networking. The central facility of research in science and technology has been fully upgraded and brought in tune with national and international standards.

The faculty and the departments of the University are working on several significant research projects in which a large number of teachers as well as students are engaged. The University has a mechanism of offering consultancy services. In this regard the consultancy services by Centre of Research for Development (CORD) on environment, the country wide classroom productions by EMMRC, the extension services by Population Research Centre, Adult Education Centre, State Resource Centre, Centre of Central Asian Studies with Museum, High Altitude Cosmic Ray Research Station and Medicinal Plant Research Station at Gulmarg are worth mentioning here. The several departments of our University have attained the position of eminence at national and international level. The University has been accredited as 'A Grade' University by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of India. The University has expanded its sphere of activity by starting P. G. Centres at remote places like Ladakh, Anantnag and Baramulla, besides setting up of postgraduate courses in reputed colleges of Kashmir. The University is collaborating in teaching, research and exchange of faculty members and students at the national and international level. We welcome teachers, scholars and students from across the country and all over the globe for short and long term visits, collaborative research and teaching programmes.

The University offers appropriate academic and physical ambience to pursue knowledge and learning. I do hope that this interactive website of the University of Kashmir will provide a complete picture of the working and facilities offered by the University.


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Date of Decision: 25.2.2008
Sant Kumar and others ............. Petitioners
State of Haryana and others. ..............Respondents.


None for the petitioner
Sh.Mahabir Singh Sindhu,DAG Haryana for respondents.

When notice of motion was issued, the following contention of the learned counsel for the petitioners was noticed by this Court on 23.8.2007:-

“The petitioners who have passed their B. Ed. From
University of Kashmir, Srinagar are aggrieved by the action of the respondents in not considering the petitioners for the post of Masters in pursuance to the advertisement (Annexure P-2) dated 20.7.2006.
Learned counsel contends that the University of Kashmir is a recognized University in terms of rule 2(b) of the Haryana State Education School Cadre (Group -C) Service Rules,1998 and hence the degrees obtained by the petitioners could not have been ignored.”

Vide order, referred to above, petitioners were ordered to be provisionally interviewed for the post of Masters.

In response to notice issued, reply has been filed wherein it has been stated that all the candidates who have acquired B.Ed. degree from Kashmir University, Srinagar, were considered eligible and they have been
allowed to appear in interview.

This renders the writ petition infructuous. Disposed of

(Jasbir Singh)

(Jaswant Singh

Weve been deprived of our childhood, say Kashmir students

Pune: The psychological scars left behind on Generation Next by the two-decade unrest in Jammu and Kashmir run very deep. This was evident when DNA spoke with a section of the 30-member post-graduate computer science students of the University of Kashmir, who were in the city on a two-month IT industry orientation and training tour.The tour was organised by Pune company, Global Talent Track (GTT), as a part of their joint initiative with the JandK government to improve the skill sets of the young computer science students of that state.

Amina Rashid, an MCA student told, I never experienced what it is to be a normal child. Our childhood passed away amid bomb blasts, curfews and strikes. We never experienced a peaceful, playful childhood.

Referring to frequent bomb blasts and terror attacks in Srinagar, Zafirah Bashir, another MCA student said, Having seen acts of violence from a small age, we became mature at the age of nine and 10. We are certainly very capable of looking after ourselves now.Zafirah, who has recently been selected to join the JandK administrative services is motivated to clean up the system. She told, I am very motivated to clean the state administration of corruption. That is why I am keen to become a bureaucrat.

Said Iqra Ali, It is especially traumatic during examinations. When we walk to the examination centre, we are stopped at multiple junctions by the policemen who check our bags, our identity cards and even cross check our centre and subject details with their own lists, Iqra said.

Given the unrest in the state, colleges and schools in Srinagar and other parts of the state are not able to complete their annual curriculum. However, the Kashmiri girl students have identified a silver lining even here.
Iqra said, This situation forces us to become self-dependant. We study alone or in groups. Due to the frequent disturbances, we have also become very focused and determined.Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and television journalist Barkha Dutt are the favourite role models for a section of the students who spoke to DNA in Pune on Friday.For Zafirah, her role models are both Tendulkar and poet Mohammed Iqbal. I like Tendulkar for his impeccable professional conduct and for being completely non-controversial. I find Iqbals words very inspiring and motivating.

Iqra, who still wants to study journalism despite pursuing a computer science post-graduate course, said, I admire journalist Barkha Dutt for being outspoken and brave.

Kashmir University lecturer from UP found dead

Srinagar: A university lecturer, hailing from Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh, was found dead inside his rented accommodation here on Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

Body of Muzher Ahmad Khan, a Hindi lecturer in the University of Kashmir was recovered from his rented room at Nigeen on the outskirts of the city, the spokesman said.

He said the cause of Khans death was not known immediately. However, inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC (death in suspicious circumstances), have been initiated in this regard.

Quoting preliminary investigations, officials said the 52-year-old Khan had apparently suffered a massive heart attack.

ISRO scientist dies of cardiac arrest while delivering lecture

Srinagar: An ISRO scientist died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday while delivering lecture during a regional conference at the Kashmir University in Srinagar.

Police said Professor SK Pathan, who was also vice-president of Indian Society of Geomatics, suffered a massive heart attack as he was delivering presidential address at the Universitys Gandhi Bhawan at Hazratbal.

Pathan, who hailed from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, was shifted to SKIMS hospital at Soura where doctors declared him brought dead. The body was handed over to police so that formalities could be done to send it to his hometown.

Pathan was a group director at the Ahmedabad Space Application Centre (SAC) of ISRO.

The two-day conference is being organised by University of Kashmir in collaboration with the Indian Society of Geomatics.

The pain and suffering of Kashmir is my suffering: Rahul Gandhi

Srinagar: I am a Kashmiri. I have not come here to talk politics. The pain and suffering of this place is my suffering as well, Rahul Gandhi told university students at an interactive session here Monday.

The Congress general secretary is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to convince the youth to join the party.

I am not here to make a political speech. I have come to learn and understand how best I can help the people here, he said.

My grandmother was killed when I was just 14 and my father was killed when I was 21. Pain and suffering is not something I cannot understand, Gandhi said.

A large gathering of students listened patiently before the interactive session started at the Kashmir University.

In a visibly relaxed atmosphere, a student told him: I lost my father when I was just five. Why dont you do something for us if you say you are also a Kashmiri? Kashmiri students are harassed and intimidated in other parts of the country where we go to pursue studies. Unemployment is growing and there are no avenues for professionals and educated people.

Rahul Gandhi took questions with a smile, though some of them were pointed and carried the anger of the local youth.

I am not somebody who came here and will forget what you have told me. I will ensure that big corporate houses come here and create employment avenues in IT and other sectors.

In a year or two, you will realize what I am promising you today was true. I have a Kashmiri origin and I deeply relate to that origin.

I hold interactions with youth throughout the country as it is the youth who shall lead India to a better tomorrow, Gandhi said.

After his interaction with the students of Kashmir University, Rahul Gandhi paid obeisance at the nearby Hazratbal Shrine, which houses the holy relic of the Prophet Mohammad. Hazratbal is the holiest Muslim shrine of Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, he addressed a large gathering at the public park in Kargil town of Ladakh region.

Rahul Gandhi promised to use his clout to have the much-hyped tunnel made across the Zojilla Pass in Ladakh, which would ensure that the desert region of the state remains connected with the rest of the country year round.

Heavy snowfall in the Zojilla Pass blocks the Srinagar-Leh highway for nearly six months every year.

Rahul Gandhi arrives in Jammu to boost Congress in state

Jammu: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi arrived here on Tuesday to a rousing reception on the second and final leg of his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Hundreds of Congress and Youth Congress workers lined up on both sides of the road -- right from the airport to the guest house in the city.

They shouted slogans like Rahul Gandhi Zindabad (Long live Rahul Gandhi) and waved the partys flags. The Gandhi scion waved at the crowds, acknowledging their greetings.

He is scheduled to attend two functions here. He is to interact with youths and also the newly-elected panches and sarpanches in the local body elections held this year.

Essentially, he is here to boost the Youth Congress membership, but we expect him to give us an overall direction for the party in Jammu and Kashmir, said state Revenue Minister Raman Bhalla, who is looking after the arrangements for Gandhis rallies.

Both the areas where Rahul Gandhi is to attend functions fall in Bhallas Gandhi Nagar assembly constituency.

Rahul started his two-day visit to the state on Monday by first visiting Kargil in cold desert area of Ladakh and then Srinagar.

The hallmark of his visit has been his interaction with Kashmir University students when he identified himself with their pain and suffering.

Rahul Gandhi, Omar Abdullah meet to discuss Congress-NC coalition in JandK

Srinagar: AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi Tuesday met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in Sringar and discussed the functioning of the Congress-NC coalition government in the state.Rahul and Omar had a breakfast meeting this morning and the two leaders discussed the functioning of the coalition government and various developmental matters within the state and at the national level, an official spokesman said.Rahul arrived in Srinagar on Monday on a two-day visit to the state and held a series of meetings with students, youths, panches and sarpanches, party leaders besides addressing a public meeting at Kargil in the frontier region of Ladakh.

Talking to media persons last evening, the Congress leader said he had come to Kashmir to launch the membership drive of the Youth Congress and to bring the youth into the political system.I had a very nice interaction with students at Kashmir University. I also interacted with panches and sarpanches and the youth here. I am proud of what I heard during the interactions, he had said.

Rahul also paid obeisance at the Hazratbal shrine on the banks of Dal Lake and interacted with the locals and tourists present there.

Jagjit Singh strikes the right chord in Srinagar

Srinagar: Lovers of Urdu poetry and prose as they have always been, over 2,000 Kashmiris turned up at a concert by ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh. The over three-hour-long scintillating performance left the audience singing along with the prolific singer.

True to his tradition, Jagjit Singh enthralled the listeners, raising the pitch of Urdu ghazal singing to such heights that the audience sang with the maestro Wednesday evening at the Kashmir University auditorium here.

Yeh daulat bhi le lo, Yeh shauharat bhi le lo (Take away all my wealth and fame), he sang to the mesmerised audience.

Every word rendered by the singer seemed to strike the right chord with the audience even as fans kept on requesting their favourite numbers.

For over 20 years, since armed violence started here in early 1990s, ghazal singing and even traditional local music and folklore had become taboo.

After 1990, some guerrilla groups banned beauty parlours, cinema halls, music concerts, wine shops and video shops across the Kashmir Valley.

The entertainment-starved Kashmiris had nothing but satellite TV to be watched in the privacy of their homes.

Wednesdays concert in Srinagar not only proved the immense popularity of ghazal singing in the valley, but also the fact that no compulsion can force Kashmiris to give up their love for music, poetry and singing.

The majority of Jagjit Singhs audience comprised youngsters.

It is a grand statement made by the youth who attended the concert. Their passion for literature, poetry, prose, music and fine arts remains rooted in their history, said Khalid, 25, who works as a trainer in a local gym here.

Kashmiri women turn to combat sports - and win

Srinagar: When the hijab-clad Sabiya Kirmani won a gold in the first international championship in thang ta, a Manipuri martial art, she scored a victory not only for herself but also for other young women in Kashmir, which has lived under the shadow of terror for over two decades.The 22-year-old, a post-graduate student of commerce in Kashmir University, has spent most of her life learning the martial art, which she calls her first love, with or without the permission of her parents.

Combat sports is a trend significantly picking up among young Kashmiri women. They are learning taekwondo, kung fu, judo and thang ta.

Kirmani, for instance, has been practising thang ta to defend herself from physical threats and also because I am passionate about sports since an early age.

Winning the gold after sweating it out for hours in daily practice, sometimes alone in my room behind closed doors or with my friends (at the only indoor sports stadium in Kashmir Valley), was of course a dream come true, Kirmani said.

It was a victory for all Kashmiri women and a message to the world that Kashmir is more than what you read in the media, Kirmani said, showing off the gold medal she won in Manipur.

The first international thang ta championship was held in Manipur March 11-14 in which, besides host India, over 250 players from Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nepal, Britain and Sri Lanka participated.

India won the overall championship while Malaysia got the runners-up trophy. The Indian team had 30 members - boys as well as girls - from Jammu and Kashmir who got 25 medals between them, including eight gold, nine silver and eight bronze. Six of the eight gold medallists from the state were girls.

Hailing the performance of the states team, Kirmanis coach Ejaaz Bhat also admits that it is tough for Kashmiri women to get into sports but then the trend is changing and changing fast.

Look, our girls have done us proud. It is a big achievement to win so many medals in an international event, said Bhat, who is president of the Jammu and Kashmir Thang Ta Association.

Usually girls in the conservative Muslim society of Kashmir are not allowed by their parents to go into sports. But they are breaking the shackles now, coming out of the closet in the valley where an unending separatist war has been raging since 1989.

Amina Mehraj, another gold medallist from the tournament, believes Kashmir has lots of talented young female sportsperons who need encouragement and good training to be groomed for international events.

We dont have a good sports culture for girls. Otherwise we can do wonders. Infrastructure is lacking, encouragement is lacking, Mehraj said.

In Kirmanis case, graduating from a point when she had to sneak off from her home for practice to the time when her parents allowed her to go for tours outside Kashmir has not been an easy journey.

There are only a few girls who take part in sports in Kashmir. Even I was discouraged by my family and friends who told me its not good for a girl to follow sports, Kirmani said.

Convincing my family was of course a tough job. I have got their support lately, but then you know gender has to do something with success in a male-dominated society. I fought everything, within and outside. Insha Allah I will continue doing so, she said.

Ask her about the hijab, the cloth covering her head that she never forgets to wear even when she is in the fighting rink, and Kirmani feels a little embarrassed, a little angry.

What is wrong with you or for that matter with my hijab? It is a part of my dress and I am proud of it. It doesnt make any statement, she said.

Kashmir to usher autumn with literature fest

New Delhi: A resurgent Jammu and Kashmir will welcome autumn with literature, debates, discussions and book readings at a unique literature festival, Harud: The Autumn Literature Festival. The festival begins from September 24 and will continue till September 26 in Srinagar.

Harud, being promoted as the states first pan-national literature festival, will bring together the local, regional and national literature on one platform to allow exchange of ideas and assimilation. It will be held at the Kashmir University premises.

The focus will be on the centuries-old folk and oral traditions of the region, which have grown from the diverse cultural influences the region has been subjected to for more than a millennium. Story-telling and folk music are two of the most important components of the states traditional folk culture.

Announcing the festival on Wednesday, the programme director of the festival Author Namita Gokhale said. The festival will engage with local writing in Kashmiri, Urdu and English to provide an open and inclusive forum for literature.

Gokhale further said, It will celebrate the vibrant and layered literary traditions of the region, provoke dialogue and communication and create a platform and inspiration for a new generation of readers and writers.

The festival will be presented by Teamworks Productions.

Producer of the Harud Festival and managing director of Teamwork Productions Sanjoy Roy said, The Harud festival will be a great addition to our existing literary and arts festivals in India.

Roy added, It is a privilege to be creating this programme with the backdrop of Kashmir and its legacy of literature, which has a history of over 2,500 years. We strongly believe that Indias multi-cultural ethos needs to resonate across the world.

The sessions will include conversations on culture, travel, history, film and poetry, among others.

Budgam IT park to create 10,000 jobs: Govt

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government is hopeful that the upcoming Information Technology (IT) Park in central Kashmirs Budgam district will create job opportunity for 10,000 IT professionals in the state.

The proposed IT Park, coming up at Ompora in Budgam 12 kms from here, would create jobs for 10,000 IT professionals, Minister for Information and Science Technology Aga Syed Ruhullah said at a function here on Sunday.

Ruhullah, who was addressing a seminar on Microsoft DreamSpark Yatra-2011 held at Kashmir University, said the state government is exploring the possibilities in information technology sector in the State.

The function was organised by Microsoft Student Partners, Kashmir Chapter, with the aim of creating awareness about latest programming design tools and technologies available in global market.

Appreciating efforts of the students, the minister said that government has initiated several measures for boosting IT sector in the State.

The government has plans to set up Khidmat (Service) centres across the state, he said, adding that nearly half of the 1150 such centres have already been established.

Ruhullah said that e-governance is priority of the government and efforts are on to create basic required infrastructure at block, tehsil and district levels.

He added that IT sector has vast job potential and advised students to hone their skills to compete at national as well as international levels.

Digitisation of books to start soon

Srinagar: In a bid to upgrade Jammu and Kashmir libraries, University of Kashmir will soon start digitising eight million pages of various books.

In the first phase, eight million pages from books in various libraries of Jammu and Kashmir will be digitised, an official of the University said.

He said old and rare books which are in private possession will also be digitised.

The valuable rare books available in private collection shall also be digitised under this project and put on internet, he said.

The digitisation project will be financed by the Union governments Department of Information Technology.

Digitisation of books will enable users to browse and read them even at their homes and one copy of the book can be simultaneously browsed by multiple users, the official said.

Six arrested for gambling in Kashmir

Srinagar: Six persons, including two employees of Kashmir University, were arrested on Sunday near here on gambling charges, police said.

An official spokesman said police, acting on a tip-off, arrested them from an orchard in Shuhama-Zakoora, 15-km from here. He said that Rs 29,560 at the stake was also seized in the raid.

He said a case under section 13 of Gambling Act has been registered against the arrested persons, including two employees of Kashmir University.

ISRO scientist dies of cardiac arrest while delivering lecture

Srinagar: An ISRO scientist died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday while delivering lecture during a regional conference at the Kashmir University in Srinagar.

Police said Professor SK Pathan, who was also vice-president of Indian Society of Geomatics, suffered a massive heart attack as he was delivering presidential address at the Universitys Gandhi Bhawan at Hazratbal.

Pathan, who hailed from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, was shifted to SKIMS hospital at Soura where doctors declared him brought dead. The body was handed over to police so that formalities could be done to send it to his hometown.

Pathan was a group director at the Ahmedabad Space Application Centre (SAC) of ISRO.

The two-day conference is being organised by University of Kashmir in collaboration with the Indian Society of Geomatics.

A tenuous comeback

Mattan, a Hindu pilgrimage place in the Anantnag district of JandK, is buzzing with activity these days. No, it isnt time yet for the Amarnath yatra. Nor is it because of the temple dedicated to Martand or Sun God, which has been here from times immemorial. Then why is Mattan bustling?

More than 100 Kashmiri Pandits have returned to this village. Under the Prime Ministers Employment Package, 1,800 young men and women have been placed in the districts of Anantnag and Kulgam. It is the welcome ceremonies, celebrations and visits of political heavyweights that is keeping places like Mattan, Qazikund, Badgam and Vessu busy.

Sunila Pandita, a 24-year-old teacher, who has returned to Mattan after almost two decades, says, The hospitality of the people has been overwhelming and has changed my perception about the past. I am happy to be back. Adds Abdul Qayyum, a resident of Mattan working in the rural development department of JandK government, Both the communities have suffered, but the Pandits suffered more as they had to leave their homes. I welcome them back.

The government has constructed special homes for these Pandits by the government. The new migrant employees live in fortified, safe and secure accommodation, developed specially for them. A round of the villages show how these safe havens stand out in the local milieu as security forces do not allow entry without permission.
Not many in the villages approve of these ghettos being promoted by the government. Sanjay Joshi, a local shopkeeper who never left Kashmir asks, If the whole idea is reintegration of communities, why this kind of barricading? Doesnt it make the whole exercise futile?

Points out the valleys noted human rights activist and programme coordinator of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society or JKCCS, Khurram Parvez, The rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in ghettos will create problems. When tempers are high, anything that exhibits `Indianness gets targeted. Thats how tenuous and delicate this peace is.

These ghettos might be raising questions in the minds of local inhabitants but for the youth who have displayed courage to return to the valley for the sake of jobs, are comfortable with the security. Three people living in a small room are happy to have a job in hand even though they have not been paid a single months salary since the beginning of 2011.

Neetu Kaul, a teacher who has come with her three-year old daughter, states It is the presence of the security forces that makes me feel sheltered. The sense of security for the newcomers may come from the presence of forces, but for those Kashmiri Pandits who never left the valley, it does not really matter. For them times have been difficult, but they still say it has been worth it.

For Kalpana Pandita, living in Ganpatiyar, the heart of downtown Srinagar, life has been lonely without relatives but she has managed. During the agitations, it is best to stay indoors so that you dont invite trouble, she said.

Most Kashmiri Muslim youth have accepted that the two communities have different leanings. Moin Iqbal, student of the University of Kashmir, points out, We never force Kashmiri Pandits to join our protests, we know that they are not on our side. They can come and stay in Kashmir but we should not bow down on our knees to call them back.

Happily, there are an increasing number of takers for this maturity. Shaukat Hussain, shopkeeper from downtown Srinagar displays this strain, When nothing happened to the five families who stayed back in our area, what will happen to the thousands when they come back? All sides of the political divide must answer that query.

It is only when things get politicised that life becomes uneasy and emotion gets the better of maturity. Professor Bahsir Ahmad Dabla, Head of Department of Sociology and Social Works, University of Kashmir and the author of Sociological Implications of Pandit Migration in Jammu and Kashmir puts the situation in context. He acknowledges that ``Kashmiri Pandits are an integral part of our society, culture, history and religion. But looking at the change in the situation in the last 20 years, he explains, Kashmiri Pandits have to accept that a full generation has changed. A whole new generation has taken over in the last 20 years. New people have joined in all fields of life. When they return, they may face certain interaction and cultural problems. The two communities will have to be realistic enough to understand the changed dynamics. If they do not, then it will lead to unexpected problems and disgruntlement.

At the political level there is much more happening than meets the eye. In order to project normalcy in the valley, these recent emigres have been lured by the promise of employment to return to the valley and to do that, they need to sign a bond. Neenu Fotedar, a young newly-employed teacher, says, I had been trying for jobs for almost two years but when I got this one I was in two minds as we can never be transferred. We have signed a bond that we have to serve in Kashmir. Some of our friends who came with us in February have left the job as it is difficult to cope without anyone from your family being around. But for me at the moment this job is important so I will stay back.

The co-existence of the two communities might appear to be forced but its the economic factors, which weigh the heaviest both in the cases of those who left Kashmir and those who are returning.

Elucidating on it, Kumar Wanchoo, son of Hriday Nath Wanchoo, noted human rights activist who was assassinated by unidentified gunmen on December 5, 1992, explains, Most of the Kashmiri Pandits have moved on in life. They have acquired properties and are well settled elsewhere. Why on earth would they want to come back to the still uncertain land of Kashmir?

Wanchoo is not very optimistic about the present situation. He points out the contradiction of the governments rehabilitation policy. The government of India does not want Kashmiri Pandits to return the valley. You will be surprised that they created 4,000 flats in Jammu and are now asking people to come to Kashmir. If they were really serious, they should have built the flats right here. What this means is that they do have their own interests and this has now become a fertile land for everybody to play in. Ultimately it is the people who end up becoming victims.

JandK among the most corrupt states?

Last week, the Public Information Officer (PIO) of Kashmir University rejected and returned back an RTI application on the plea that the applicant had attached the required fee in form of an Indian postal order instead of a bank draft, along with application.

The application had sought information regarding funds utilization and the purchases made by the university authorities over a period of time. The application was rejected almost a month after it was filed. The university official advised the applicant to come again with a bank draft in place of the postal order.

The incident is a candid example of the ignorance of the PIO about RTI rules and regulation which allow an applicant to submit the fee in any form i.e. Postal order, Bank Draft or Bankers Cheque.

Since the enactment of JandK RTI Act 2009, in the month of March 2009, the politicians and bureaucracy of the state have made a mockery of this otherwise pro-people law. The PIOs and the APIOs who are to entertain the RTI applications in the government and semi government departments are yet to be trained. Most of them are ignorant of even the basic provisions and rules of the Act.

Likewise, the common people are still unaware of the power and rights which the RTI law empowers them in order to tackle the menace of the political corruption.

As per the guidelines of the RTI Act, the government is supposed not only to educate concerned officials but also to sponsor awareness programmes for common masses to give them information about the law. And all this should have been done within 18 months after the act was formally enacted. But nothing has been done by the government during the last two years. The government has not even reserved budget for training or to launch awareness programmes regarding the new law.

True, the RTI Act has created enthusiasm among the people all over the country as it has empowered them with a strong tool to fight corruption. But in Jammu and Kashmir, it is, perhaps, the only state in the country where this Act has failed to make any change on ground. In fact, the illogical stand and non seriousness of the government has almost defeated the very purpose of the RTI Act in Jammu and Kashmir.

Shockingly, the local RTI activists who are trying to act as a pressure-group compelling the government to implement the law in its letter and spirit are being harassed.

Early this year a well known activist Dr. Muzaffar Bhat along with his eight colleagues was attacked by a group of 20 aggressors during their overnight stay in the town of Badgam, where the workers had to launch an awareness campaign regarding RTI Act. The activists alleged that they were attacked by the followers of a local politician who is facing serious charge of corruption.

This may mirror the fate the RTI Act has faced in a state which has been declared one of the most corrupt states in entire India, only next to Bihar, by Transparency International, a Berlin-based international corruption watchdog in 2005.

In Jammu and Kashmir several politicians (including some sitting ministers) and many bureaucrats are facing serious charges of misappropriation of funds. It has the dubious distinction of having as many as 14 politicians including two sitting and nine former ministers against whom cases of corruption are registered in the State Accountability Commission.

States Vigilance Organisation and Crime Branch have more than 700 corruption cases registered against several politicians and bureaucrats including many IAS officers.

Jammu Kashmir has RTI Act but till date the Government has failed to appoint chief information commissioner and members for the State Information Commission which could have been assigned the responsibility of overseeing and safeguarding the implementation of the RTI Act.

A State Accountability Commission was set up in Jammu and Kashmir after legislation in this regard was passed by the state assembly in 2002 but this commission has been functional only for one year during the last 8 years.

As the law proposes, the Accountability Commission is meant to probe the corruption cases against sitting and former ministers, legislators, bureaucrats including the Chief Minister.

The government had appointed Justice RP Sethi as the first chairperson of the commission in 2005 (three years after the commission was formed). Sethi resigned in 2006. Since then, the commission is still waiting for its successor.

In fact, the government has been unsuccessful in implementing the RTI Act in its letter and spirit. It has failed to appoint a chief information commissioner and members for the state information commission. It has also failed in making the State accountability commission functional. But still Chief Minister Omar Abdullah frequently keeps talking of providing a clean government to his people.

Why should not critics allege that the government is shielding corrupt elements by way of extending political patronage to them?

Last year, addressing a State-level conference of vigilance officers in Jammu, the CM had said, At present, we are considered the second-most corrupt State but my fear is that if we do not wake up to reality and stop looking for excuses, we will climb the ladder and come on top.

The fact is that if the government continues its apathy regarding RTI Act, Information and accountability commissions, then the time is not far when we will be at the top of the list of most corrupt states of India.

The alleged human rights violation by State police and the CRPF that caused the death of more than hundred people, mostly teenagers have seriously challenged the credibility of Omar who took over as the youngest Chief Minister of the State about two years ago. He is right when he himself acknowledged the truth and said, I need to rebuild my credibility brick-by-brick, In order to discover his lost credibility he has to deliver. Mere talking wont work now.

Good governance is not possible without accountability and transparency in the system. Omar should lay a foundation stone of transparency before building his credibility brick-by-brick.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in the blog are that of the author and does not necessarily represent the editorial policy of The Sunday Indian.)

Rahul visits vegetable vendors at Dal lake

The picturesque Dal lake had an unusual early morning visitor today when Rahul Gandhi came calling to get a firsthand account of the problems of people eking out a living selling vegetables.

41-year-old Gandhi accompanied by his close aides and handful of personnel from Special Protection Group (SPG) made a quiet entry to the lake section where the wholesale vegetable market was going about its daily business.

The presence of the AICC General Secretary in their midst led to an excitement among the vegetable vendors who immediately flocked to the shikara in which he was travelling.

Gandhi was pleasantly surprised when some of the vendors recalled the visit of his father and late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to the lake in 1984.

Gandhi gave a patient hearing to the problems of the vendors who requested him to visit the residence of general secretary of Dal Dwellers Welfare Association Ghulam Rasool to get details of their demands and rehabilitation issues.

After exchanging pleasantries, Rahul sat attentively listening to Rasool and his associates with rapt attention. He assured the delegation that genuine issues will be taken up with the Congresss coalition partner -- National Conference.

At one stage, Gandhi carried the hosts seven-month-old niece Sabah when she crawled upto him and he started playing with her. He later relished some hot Kahwa (green tea) served to him.

Gandhi had yesterday interacted with Kashmir University students and told them that he understands the pain of Kashmiris as he was a Kashmiri himself.

Kashmir varsity bans students politics, demolish union office

Kashmir University witnessed noisy scenes on Monday morning when students boycotted classes to protest against the alleged demolition of Kashmir University Students Unions (KUSU) office. The varsity made it clear once again that no students politics will be allowed on the campus and its

At around 11 pm, a team of KU authorities, led by chief proctor Afzal Zargar and deputy proctor Nasir Iqbal, confronted dozens of angry students near Iqbal Library, who raised anti-authorities slogans and booed the decision to demolish the KUSU office. The students alleged they were thrashed and threatened by the heavily-armed police and the authorities. The students organized a three-hour sit-in against the incident.
The authorities started demolishing the office on Saturday evening when the students had left the campus. On Sunday, they razed it to ground, said Amir Bashir, a students representative from Media Education Research Centre (MERC) and also a member of the KUSU.

The students alleged the authorities did not take them into confidence before demolishing the structure. We were not taken into confidence before demolishing our office. We had recently started a membership drive. Many identity cards and other papers were lying in the building.The authorities, however, said they do not recognize KUSU as students body. We are not going to allow any students union on the campus. Besides academic and amenities issue, no politics will be allowed, chief proctor Afzal Zargar told the Hindustan Times.
He denied that the authorities demolished the structure deliberately. There are four-five old and dilapidated structures in Naseem Bagh, which we are developing as a heritage park. We are demolishing all the buildings, many 50 year old, in Naseem Bagh, including some residential barracks, said Zargar.
Zargar, however, confirmed that the KUSU was allowed to function in 2008 by the authorities and used the Dean Social Welfare building as its office.
The KUSU was allowed to function for two to three moths but later it was banned. We have decided to only have students welfare body, which will address students issues, said Zargar.
The students also alleged that students were thrashed and threatened by the police and the authorities. Kashmir University is among very few universities in the country where students politics is banned.
All we are demanding is allowing the KUSU to function on the campus and to be recognized by the authorities. The university should also provide us with an alternative space to function…This is against the freedom of expression and against basic principles of society. They can cow us down like this, said a KUSU leader pleading anonymity.
The KU authorities, however, are hell bent to take tough action against the KUSU representatives. We cannot allow anybody to vitiate the atmosphere here. Those who do will not be allowed to stay here.
Vice-Chancellor Riyaz Punjabi, a former head of department of Jawahar Lal Nehru, New Delhi, also a hub of students activities, did allow students politics on the KU campus. But, for unknown reasons, the authorities have decided to clamp down in it again. Ironically, the sister concern of KU, Jammu University (JU), allows students politics --- which has students bodies openly supporting BSP, BJP, ABVP and other mainstream political parties.
They (authorities) do not want us to have opinion on issues or one voice. They want us to be like cattle, which has no opinion on issues, said a student on the condition of anonymity.
Sources said the ruling National Conference has also roped in students and backed the Kashmir University Students Welfare Association. Yes, we have reports of the NC backing students and many other political groups too trying to spread on the campus. But no political patronage, whatsoever, will be allowed, the chief proctor told the Hindustan Times.

Kashmir University uses CCTVs to shoo away lovebirds

The Kashmir University has decided to take help of electronic gadgets to shoo away lovebirds from its campus and to keep an eye on immoral activities in and around the varsity.

It has installed closed-circuit television (CCTV) at the two entrance points to dissuade outsiders from dating inside the campus. There are more such cameras in offing to tighten the grip over the university students too.

The university campus had become a hub of immoral activities. It was a dating place for everyone, even people would do engagement ceremonies on the campus, said Naseer Iqbal, an officer with the ward and watch department.

Iqbal, also a chemistry lecturer, resides in the campus. We are here round-the-clock to see if people are indulging in any immoral activities.

Iqbal said the wait and watch department has sought more CCTVs at cross points inside the campus to maintain a vigil. We only allow vehicles known to people inside the campus now. Vehicles without proper permission are not allowed, exhorted Iqbal.

Located on the banks of the world famous Dal Lake on one side with wall-like Zabarwan mountain range, University of Kashmir is spread over 263 acres of land and accommodates more than 3,500 (male and female) students on its campus.

The secret cameras have already paid. It (the camera vigil) has completely stopped gambling inside the campus. In the evening, many ruffians would enter the campus and used the seat of education for gambling. said Iqbal.

The decision to install secret cameras has divided the student community on the campus. We are not school-going kids. Moral policing on campus is unwarranted. If there are more cameras on the campus, it will give moral brigade a whip in their hand to crack on us, said Shazia Khan, named changed on her request. Now even meeting male colleagues will be an issue, she added.

But there are many who favour moral policing on the campus. Many immoral activities take place on the campus. Free mixing of the sexes is a problem. We need to dissuade those who indulge in illicit relations on the campus, said Mehboob Ali, a student.

University of Kashmir chief proctor Nissar Ahmad, who has conceived and implemented the new security system, did not attend the calls made by the Hindustan Times for his comment on the issue.

KU Lecture on Credit Based Choice Based Ed System

Srinagar, May 05: In the run-up to adapt credit based education system and aware the faculty and teachers about its various guidelines and regulations the University of Kashmir organized a special lecture by Prof .P. Nagabhushan, Chief Nodal Officer , Credit Based Choice Based system of Education , University of Mysore here at Ibn-Khaldun Auditorium on Saturday.

In his address Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat while directing the Deans of various faculties and heads of the department to gear up their men and machinery and start preparations for implementation of the new evaluation and assessment model in the University of Kashmir said As per a NAAC mandate we have to switch over to this new system of credit and choice based system of education sooner or later and it would be better if we start our preparations at the earliest so that the transaction from the present system of examinations and evaluation to the new model becomes hassle-free.

KU to link with public libraries at district level

Srinagar, May 7: In order to review the working of the Allama Iqbal Library, a meeting of the Library Committee members under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Kashmir University Prof Talat was held at e-Resources Centre here on Monday.
During the meeting various issues concerning the functioning of the Library, budget allocation, infrastructure upgradation, purchase of rare books, IT policy of the University, opportunities of membership for senior citizens and civil society members, orientation program for fresh students and digitization of rare manuscripts were discussed.
On the occasion, Prof Talat emphasised on getting linked with the public libraries at district level. We should tap the satellite technology and there should be some link between Allama Iqbal Library and different colleges of the Valley including the public libraries in various districts so that students and scholars could get benefited from the rich collection of manuscripts, books and journals.

At the same time there has to be some academic audit at our University level so that we can ascertain that how much the facility at Allama Iqbal Library is being used by students and faculty members of various departments. This will help us to know the departments who are not attending the Central Library for research and other academic purposes, Prof Talat said.

While stressing the management of Allama Iqbal Library to focus more on collection of soft copies than the hard ones due to paucity of space, Prof Talat said there is a need to go through some structural changes.
All over the world there is more focus on collection of soft copies as the space in the libraries is shrinking and same is the case with our library, he said.

He appreciated the cooperation from members of civil society and participants for making suggestions.
We will ensure that these suggestions are put forward to the competent authorities both in the state and union government so that all the required budgetary support and approval to implement the recommendations are provided, he said.

The Committee discussed various other issues including the proposal of providing mandatory user awareness services for scholars and students at the beginning of each academic session. It also discussed proposals for setting up of multimedia unit in the Library and enhancement of temporary library membership fee, overdue charges, up gradation of CCTV system and creation of separate selection for differently abled students.

Earlier Librarian Allama Iqbal Library Riyaz Rufai made a power point presentation about the various activities and services provided by the Library for the students, scholars, faculty members and members from civil society.
The meeting among other attended by Dr GQ Allaqband, Prof Laxman Rao former Professor at Osmania University Hyderabad, Professor Shabahat Hussain University Librarian Aligarh Muslim University, Registrar KU Prof S Fayaz, Dean Academic Affairs Prof AM Shah, Dean College Development Council Prof Mushtaq Ahmed Kaw and Dean Research Prof Khursheed Ahmed Andrabi.


If one believes officials of Kashmir University, then getting an accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council is not easy. There are nearly a thousand parameters on the basis of which any university is assessed before an accreditation and rank is awarded.

Its no surprise then that that the Kashmir University takes pride in being an NAAC-accredited university with an A rank.

But factors other than the thousand parameters seem to have played a determining role in the university getting its rank. The NAAC team, which visited the university in July-August last year to assess its quality status, was gifted shawls, samawars and the famous Kashmiri saffron.

Subsequently, the team recommended that the university meets the standards of quality as set by the NAAC in terms of its performance, related to the educational processes and outcomes, covering the curriculum, teaching-learning, evaluation, faculty, research, infrastructure, learning resources, organisation, governance, as well as financial well being and student services.

From July 18, 2011, to August 12, 2011, the university spent Rs.12,89,137 on the NAAC team. The amount included Rs.3,11,235 towards travel and dearness allowances, Rs.83,000 as honorarium, Rs.1,26,235 to the library cafe for lunch and Rs.70,000 to camping agency for camping charges. The university also paid Rs.5,87,994 to Hotel Taj Vivanta towards the NAAC teams stay and other charges.

Documents reveal that the university has shown 12 Tosha shawls costing Rs.33,150 as expenditure on the team. Tosha is a mix of pashmina and another type of wool.

The university has also shown 12 samawars and Rs.12,028 for buying saffron as an expenditure on the NAAC team.

Besides, the university paid Rs.6,120 to a local book-seller Sheikh Usman for the books that the NAAC team members borrowed but never returned.

Kashmir University registrar Syed Fayaz said that usually TA and DA of the NAAC team is reimbursed by the NAAC to the University. University pays the team and subsequently the NAAC reimburses TA and DA to the university. But money spent on gifts is not reimbursed.

Senior NAAC official Sham Sundaran said the university might have given these things to guests out of respect. But as per guidelines of the NAAC, they are not supposed to take all these things, he said.

The NAAC is an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country. It was formed after recommendations from the National Policy On Education (1986), which laid special emphasis on upholding the quality of higher education in India.

To address the issues of quality, the National Policy on Education (1986) and the Plan of Action (POA-1992) advocated the establishment of an independent national accreditation body. Consequently, the NAAC was established in 1994 with its headquarters at Bangalore.

Kashmir University showers NAAC team with gifts for A ranking

Kashmir University officials say the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) minutely scrutinises nearly a thousand parameters before it gives its seal of approval to a particular institution.

But they will never tell that the thousand parameters include expensive gifts and extraordinary hospitality to the accreditation councils members when they call in for a ground check or random quality evaluation.

The university showered a NAAC team last summer with high-end Pashmina-mixed Tosha shawls, a dozen intricately designed Samawars (Kashmiri tea pots) and Kesar (saffron) - the world famous emperor of spice grown by Kashmiri farmers.

For the record, pure saffron comes at a prohibitive price of around Rs.235 per gram and the university shelled out Rs.12,028 on this exclusive herb-spice.

And thats not all. The university spent Rs.1,289,137 on the NAAC members during their stay from July 18 to August 12. Documents reveal the break-up: Rs.311,235 on travel and dearness allowance, Rs.83,000 as honorarium, Rs.1,26,235 to library cafe for lunches, Rs.70,000 to camping agency, and Rs.5,87,994 to Hotel Taj Vivanta, where the team stayed. This includes Rs.33,150 for a dozen Tosha shawls.

Besides, the university paid Rs.6,120 to book-seller Sheikh Usman for books that the NAAC members borrowed but never returned.

Rest assured, going this extra length helps as the Valleys topmost institution takes pride in being an NAAC-accredited university with an A rank - the highest possible. The team checked all the parameters - curriculum, faculty, research, infrastructure, learning resources, organisation, governance, financial well-being and student services - and found them in order.

University registrar Syed Fayaz said the NAAC normally reimburses the tour and dearness allowances (TA and DA) of its visiting team. But money spent on gifts is not reimbursed, he added.

Senior NAAC official Sham Sundaran said the team wasnt supposed to accept any gift, though the university might have given these things out of respect.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) formed the NAAC in 1994 with its headquarters in Bangalore. It was accorded autonomous status to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country.

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Students, police clash over cricket in Kashmir university

SRINAGAR: Unrest gripped Kashmir University after a cop fired in the air following a tiff with students playing cricket on the campus on Monday. Sparks flew when a cricket ball hit the Vice Chancellors room. Witnesses claim, when students went to fetch the ball, they were stopped by police, triggering violence. Vice-chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad ordered a probe into the firing and suspended the errant constable.

The cricket match was organized by the Army in collaboration with the sports and youth affairs department. Chief proctor Afzal Zargar said two local teams were playing the Kashmir Premier League on the campus when the incident occurred. The VC has ordered an inquiry, he said.

Police had stopped the boys from entering the administrative block, a restricted area. This sparked off a war of words. Soon, players rushed in and assaulted the constable, Ashiq Hussian, and even tore his uniform, a police officer Saleem Khan said.

Later, more boys stormed the campus and thrashed other policemen, including an inspector. During the scuffle, one of the cops fired in self defence. As word spread, students trooped out of their classrooms and launched protests.

A defence spokesman said, there was a misunderstanding during the match on the campus and the issue was later resolved. No student of the university indulged in violence and no student was injured, university spokesperson Showkat Shafi said.

Shafi said, The Kashmir Premier League was being held on the university grounds between two private clubs, Kashmir Greats and Blossom Cricket Club. There was an argument between the players and the university guards. The matter was resolved after a policeman was suspended and an inquiry committee set up.

Last week, the vice-chancellor faced embarrassment when students and teachers showed disrespect to the national anthem during a 3-day seminar - Impact of peace, conflict and disturbances on economic development processes. The university authorities, however, played down the incident.

Cops resort to firing inside Kashmir University campus

Srinagar: A policeman was suspended after he allegedly opened fire in the air following a scuffle with a group of youth playing cricket in the University of Kashmir ground today.

Superintendent of Police Hazratbal Abdul Qayoom said the suspended cop, Mehrajuddin of Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police (JKAP), was on deputation at the university campus. The official said they have found two empty cartridges in the ground but no one was injured in the firing.

The incident took place when a cricket ball landed in the garden adjoining the university Vice Chancellors office. As one of the players went to get the ball back, an armed police guard objected to his trespassing into the garden.

According to eyewitnesses, the policeman verbally abused the player. The situation turned violent after sometime, when the policeman returned with his colleagues, started beating up the players and spectators and opened fire.

University authorities, however, remained tight-lipped about the incident. When contacted, the vice-chancellors office, close to where the incident took place, said he was in a selection committee meeting.

First time in 20 yrs, university discusses Kashmir issue

For the first time in 20 years, the Kashmir University has opened its gates for politicians to discuss the Kashmir problem. In a two-day seminar — Jammu and Kashmir and the Federal Models of Shared Sovereignty — at the varsity, participants debated on National Conferences autonomy concept along with Sajjad Lones achievable nationhood proposal. However, as only mainstream politicians were invited at the seminar, some participants called for the need to take the separatist on board.

We have discussed issues on a larger scale and which have certain political implications, said Prof Noor Ahmad Baba, head of varsitys political Science department that organised the seminar in collaboration with the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation.

On the second day of the seminar on Sunday, politicians discussed formulae for the resolution of the Kashmir issue. Finance Minister and NC leader Abdul Rahim Rather said, Our party has always advocated autonomy and continuation of dialogue. Lone, on the other hand, said, This (achievable nationhood) is an amalgam of various models practised in the modern world. It covers everything (about the issue) and is best suited in the present conditions.

The organisers had also invited PDP leader Muzaffar Ahmad Beig, who was to discuss the self rule formula proposed by his party. But he couldnt attend the meet. Communist leader M Y Tarigami was also present.

Some participants advocated the need for inviting separatist leaders. Until we listen to them and debate with them, we cant reach anywhere, said Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki.

Foundation stone for Leh campus of Kashmir University laid

Srinagar, June 18 (PTI) The foundation stone of Leh campus of Kashmir University was laid today by Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today laid Kashmir University, located at Hazratbal, already has two offsite campuses in Baramulla and Anantnag districts and Leh will be the third such campus of the varsity. Stressing the importance of access to higher education, Vohra and Omar said the establishment of a Kashmir University Campus in Leh district would enable students living in difficult areas to pursue higher education. The Governor, who is Chancellor of the University, dwelt in detail on various aspects relating to the development of higher education institutions and production of qualified human resource which can serve Ladakh region, the state and the country. He underlined the high potential of knowledge being transmitted through faculty exchanges, tele-conferencing and internet. The Governor asked the University to consider a scheme for providing full scholarship to meritorious students who commit to work as teachers for specified periods after gaining qualifications from the University. He also suggested a survey to assess the needs and aspirations of students of this region so that the campus could consider how best to meet their expectations. More PTI MIJ

Foundation of Kargil campus of University of Kashmir laid

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra and chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday laid the foundation of the Kargil campus of University of Kashmir.

The University of Kashmir, whose main campus is located at Hazratbal here, already has two off-site campuses in Baramulla and Anantnag districts.

Kargil will be the fourth off-site campus of the university after the foundation stone for the Leh campus was laid on Monday.

Both the new campuses -- Leh and Kargil -- are in the mountainous Ladakh region.

The Governor said the satellite campuses, particularly those located in remote areas, are important to give a fillip to the attainment of educational goals.

This will also provide opportunity to young talent to pursue higher educational goals without having to incur large expenditure and face difficulties in having to move away from their native places, he said.

The chief minister said the decision to establish satellite campuses in the remote areas is aimed at reaching out to the talent all across the state and giving them an opportunity to prove their ability.

The foundation of the Kargil campus was laid at Khumbathang near Saliskote in Kargil district.

Omar said his government would ensure that higher education was accessible to students in remote areas.

My government has flagged the education sector as one of the most important areas in the states development policy, he said.

Cops beat cricketers, open fire in Kashmir University

Srinagar, May 14: Police resorted to aerial firing and reportedly thrashed cricket-playing youth on Kashmir University campus here Monday afternoon, creating panic and triggering protests.

Eyewitnesses told that police fired in air and beat cricketers and umpires in the ground after the cricket ball landed in the lawns of Vice-Chancellors secretariat during a match of Kashmir Premier League (KPL). Ironically, the tournament is being organized by Army in collaboration with State Government with an aim to involve youth in constructive activities.

The ball landed in the VC offices front lawn unintentionally. Policemen abused us furiously as if we had hurled a grenade, said a cricketer Tanveer Ahmad of Soura.

It just started from a small thing. When we went to fetch the ball, policemen abused us and we just let it go. But they continued to abuse and we just retorted back. They went to an extreme: coming into the ground, beating players and umpires; and then firing, witnesses said. Danish, a BCCI-recognized cricket umpire, said policemen beat them and resorted to firing over a small thing. He said after the small argument, an organizing member was sent inside the secretariat to apologize for the trespass. Even if we did wrong but why did they (cops) beat the organizing member inside the secretariat who had gone to apologize. They are blood thirsty, said another cricketer, Arif Dar.

The team manager Aslam Bhat was beaten severely, Arif said. Cricketers shouted slogans against police and sought action against the cops who fired horizontally on the youth. They are murderers and enemies of peace, shouted a cricketer.

Later youth also raised pro-freedom slogans.
When Army is organizing tournaments for us, police is trying to kill us. They (policemen) should feel ashamed, they said.

The youth held bullet cartridges in their hands and shouted: Down with JK Police.
They did not listen to us. Even I was beaten before we could say anything. They just went berserk and fired horizontally, Danish said showing bruises on his left arm.

Danish said policemen also intimidated them not to play the Army-organized tournament. With every punch and kick they repeated: play, play the game of Army you rascals…, he said.

When Superintendent of Police, Hazratbal, Abdul Qayoom reached the place, protestors intensified sloganeering. A cricketer told SP that police were playing with the sentiments of youth. Your policemen opened fire over a small thing, the SP was told.

In a statement, Defence spokesman Col. J.S. Brar said the Kashmir Premier League is being organised by the Army in concert with the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs. There was some misunderstanding in the match at Kashmir

University and the issue has been resolved amicably, he said.

An official communiqué said the involved cop has been suspended.

Taking note of an incident at University with regard to a scuffle, constable Mehraj Din has been put under suspension. An FIR has been lodged in this regard in police station Nigeen, the statement said.

A Kashmir University communiqué said the matter was resolved following the constitution of an inquiry committee and immediate suspension of the police official suspected to be involved in the act. During this whole episode no student of the University of Kashmir participated in the scuffle neither was any student injured in the act. However, few KUG personnel suffered injuries in the scuffle, the statement said.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the firing incident.

In a statement, PDP chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said the shooting incident was symptomatic of the trigger-happy nature of the government forces which have no respect for human rights or value for human life.

The atmosphere of insecurity created by the present dispensation had percolated down even to the educational institutions and it was deeply disturbing that the PSOs of the Vice-Chancellor should have opened fire in response to a non event, he said in a statement.

Akhtar said use of unwarranted force gives an idea of how the government was misusing its instruments to create an artificial calm which can get shattered on the flimsiest pretext. Government and the university authorities must come clean on this shameful incident, the statement said.

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