SRINAGAR, Apr 9: In a major achievement University of Kashmir has been listed among top 100 Universities in the country.
In the all India ranking for 2019, assessed by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, (MHRD) the University of Kashmir (KU) got the 53rd rank with a score of 44.19 points among the Indian Universities while as University of Jammu scored 74th rank with a score of 40.43 .
In the overall rankings where some 3500 institutions participated compared to 1500 last year , the University of Kashmir scored the 79th rank .
NIRF was approved by the MHRD and launched by Minister of Human Resource Development on September 29, 2015. This was the fourth edition of NIRF rankings.
The ranking of Indian Universities and other educational institutions in 2019 under Institutional Ranking Framework was displayed by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Pertinent to mention that the National Institutional Ranking Framework was instituted by MHRD in 2015 and the first rankings were announced in 2016. NIRF outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country. The methodology is based on developing a set a metrics for ranking of academic institutions, based on the parameters agreed upon by a Core Committee. The parameters broadly cover `Teaching, Learning and Resources”, “Research and Professional Practices”, “Graduation Outcome”, “Outreach & Inclusivity” and “Perception”.
In yet another achievement University of Kashmir has scored 51st rank among the universities and higher education institutions assessed in the QS India University Rankings 2019.
According to the latest report of 2019 released by QS University of Kashmir is ranked at 51st position in the list which has been topped by IIT –Bombay. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru stands second .The IITs in Madras, Delhi, Kharagpur and Kanpur have bagged third, fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
In QS rankings the University has scored 90.9 marks out of 100 in the staff with PhD- the indicator designed to identify the extent to which institutions are cultivating a highly-qualified faculty body. Based on the proportion of academic staff members with a PhD, this indicator aims to assess how successful universities have been in recruiting highly qualified faculty members.
In faculty /student ratio the University has scored 54.7 –this parameter reflects the number of students enrolled per full-time academic faculty member employed. The aim is to give an indication of commitment to teaching and student support. Calculated using data from Scopus in Papers /faculty parameter the University has scored 26.7 while as in Citations/ paper parameter the University has scored 38.8. Both these parameters have shown an upward trend given the fact that the H- index of KU was less than 10 in its last NAAC accreditation cycle which has now registered a quantum jump of 47 at present.
While terming it as “a positive development” at a time when the university is gearing up for NAAC visit for reaccreditation Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad said “This is a very positive development given the fact that institutions/universities in and around this region which otherwise have been assessed and graded well by NAAC are far behind than us in the MHRD and QS ranking.” The ranking by the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), a UK based company specialising in education, include public universities, private universities and higher education institutions or deemed universities.
Prof Talat also added “I congratulate both the teaching and non-teaching staff of our University and also our students and scholars and Team DIQA for this achievement. However, he said, that since we aspire to get recognized as an institution of excellence both at National and International level therefore we do not have to be complacent and work harder to score higher rankings next time as well as better grade in the upcoming NAAC reaccreditation.”
Registrar University of Kashmir Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir has also congratulated the University fraternity for achieving this milestone.
Advisor Skandan reviews functioning of JKSRTC
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: Advisor to Governor K Skandan today convened a meeting to review the functioning of Jammu and Kashmir State Transport Corporation (JKSRTC).
The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner Finance, Arun Kumar Mehta, Principal Secretary Transport Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon, Managing Director, JKSRTC, Bilal Ahmad Bhat and other concerned.
During the meeting, the Advisor directed the officials to take a fresh review of SRTC routes so that more buses are employed on hilly routes where overloading is reported.
The Advisor was informed that the corporation has rationally deployed vehicles in every Operational Division as per demand or convenience of the general public.
For Chenab Valley region, it was given out that in the districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban, 32 vehicles are already in place and a new fleet of 33 vehicles are being inducted in Chenab Valley with the result all the left over routes of the area would be covered.
The Advisor hoped that with the measures taken, the rate of traffic related incidents would come down in the area besides upgrading mobility of the people.
He also asked the corporation to devise a plan to give wide publicity to Electric Buses so that general public would avail the facility. The meeting was also told that the time table issued for operation of the buses is being followed in letter and spirit.
The meeting also decided to put more charging stations in major districts of JK so that all the designated routes would be made operational.
The Advisor directed the JKSRTC to hold an internal audit of accounts at the earliest and conduct a board meeting so that remaining issues are sorted out. He also asked for status of installing, monitoring and tracking devices in SRTC buses for better financial discipline in the working of organisation.
The meeting also decided to have an efficient Fuel Management System to save the government exchequer.
The meeting was told that the corporation started regular night bus service with effect from August 5 from Srinagar to Jammu and vice versa for the convenience of the public.
Srinagar administration makes arrangements to facilitate registration for GATE exam
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: The Srinagar administration has made arrangements to facilitate registration of aspirants for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE 2020.
Three counters with operators have been set up at the Tourist Reception Centre Srinagar as part of the arrangement.
The administration has asked the aspirants to feel free to approach the centre and avail the facility.
Militant killed in Sopore gunfight
A militant was gunned down by security forces in the Sopore district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, two days after police busted a module of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the valley.
The militant was gunned down following a brief shootout, said Jammu and Kashmir police.
“Sopore update: In a brief shootout one militant was killed in #Sopore. Further details shall follow,” tweeted Kashmir Zone Police.
According to sources, the militant belonged to LeT and was active in the valley.