J&K Government has re-established the Council of Higher Education

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has set up a Council of Higher Education for two years, headed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
Rohit Kansal, Chief Secretary to Government as per GAD Order: Reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir Higher Education Council (JKHEC) Reference: UO No. GAD-CORD/180/2021 dated 19.09.2022
The order reads: Sanction is given for the re-constitution of the Jammu and Kashmir Higher Education Council (JKHEC) in the following composition.
Government Order No: 219-JK(HE) of 2022 Date: 30-09-2022 Lieutenant Governor of J&K as Chairman. In his absence, the council is chaired by the lieutenant governor’s adviser on higher education.
Dr. Dinesh Singh, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi, Principal Secretary, J&K, Administrative Secretary, Higher Education Department, J&K, Joint Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Education, Prof. Umesh Rai, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu, Prof. Nilofar Khan, Deputy Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Prof. Shakeel Ahmed Romsho, Vice-Chancellor, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora, Srinagar, Prof. Akbar Masood, Vice-Chancellor, BGSBU, Rajouri, Prof. Nazma Akhter, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi Prof. G. Rangarajan, Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Dr. Kavi Arya, Professor of Computer Science, IIT Bombay, Dr. Aijaz Ahmed Sheikh, Islamia College of Science and Commerce, Srinagar, Dr. Vishal Sharma, GDC Bani.
According to the order, the JKKK chairman may nominate any member to the committee who, in his opinion, can advance the cause of higher education in J&K. The term of office of the Council shall be two years.
The terms of reference/functions of the J&K Higher Education Council are to provide guidance and advice for general and comprehensive policy formulation, reform of the higher education sector in line with NEP 2020 and advise the government on specific issues. To formulate and implement policies of universities, research institutes and other higher education centers in UT, develop strategy and leadership of higher education institutions, develop new concepts and programs to create an industry-ready workforce in line with the needs of the 21st century. and rapidly changing technologies.
The Higher Education Council suggests reforms in curriculum and syllabi, makes recommendations on introduction of new courses as per changing academic and industry requirements, regularly reviews the rules, regulations and guidelines of UT Universities and suggests appropriate changes for implementation. Objectives of NEP-2020, Enhancing institutional accountability through proper regulatory framework.
Improve test standards and recommend improvements, assist with social audit process and public feedback on performance and achievements, and evaluate existing institutional infrastructure and recommend additional facilities when needed.
Facilitate collaboration between UT universities and other local and foreign universities to enhance innovation and research and quality. Help develop a program for greater academic collaboration and interaction between university faculty and college faculty. It will act as a Council of Higher Education to perform functions as required by the Rashtriya Uchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUUSA) guidelines,” the order said.

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