The degree colleges will be set up under the centrally sponsored scheme ''Establishment of Model Degree Colleges in Educationally Backward districts''.
"In all, 22 new degree colleges will be set up in the state and this will revolutionise higher education scenario in the coming years," Malik said.
He said a comprehensive survey was conducted to ascertain viability of setting up these colleges, keeping in view the genuineness and geographical educational backwardness of the area.
The colleges will come up in Damhal Hanjipora in Kulgam district, Tangmarg in Baramulla district, Chrar-i-Sharief in Budgam district, Zanaskar in Kargil district, Marwah in Kishtwar district, Mahanpur in Kathua district, Surankote in Poonch district, Kalakote in Rajouri district, Nobra in Leh district and Sarah Bagha Mahore in Reasi district, Malik said here yesterday.
A women's degree college will be established in Kupwara district.