March academic session in state

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Srinagar, May 9: Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to introduce March academic session in the Kashmir valley while ensuring minimum 180 teaching days.

The November Session in higher education is giving way to the March academic session in the valley making it at par with rest of the country in respect of the conduct of examinations and holding of academic classes, said Minister for Higher Education Gulchain Singh Charak.

He said recommendations to this effect have been made by the Committee of experts headed by former Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, Professor Abdul Wahid.

Mr Charak said the recommendations seek switching over to March session in the valley bringing it at par with the rest of the country and ensuring minimum 180 teaching days along with other suggestions pertaining to student-staff ratio, infrastructure facilities and consolidation in higher education sector.

He said history has been created and new heights scaled in the field of extension of higher education under three-pronged policy of access, infrastructure and bench mark quality during last five years.

The first priority was given to the extension of higher education to every nook and corner of the state so that access was guaranteed to every student.

To achieve this goal, he said the number of degree colleges in the state has increased from 14 to 72 in five years.

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