By News Desk
The University of Kashmir and Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on offering a joint Master’s Degree programme in Kashmir and South Asia Studies.
Speaking on the occasion, KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi said the MoU was the outcome of “out-of-the-box thinking by the two universities for academic advancement.”
He hoped that the two universities would continue to collaborate in academics and research.
Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor of JMI said the real beneficiaries of the MoU would be the students who would have access to expertise in both the universities.
He hoped that the JMI would be able to develop teaching modules and provide top-quality human resources.
Prof Gull Mohammad Wani, Director, UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Institute of Kashmir Studies, University of Kashmir observed that the SAARC students who had pursued the programme had benefited immensely and were gainfully employed.
Ms. Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, former member of the Planning Commission and former Chancellor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, said signing of MoU between JMI and University of Kashmir with the help of SAF was a “milestone in terms of creating greater awareness about Kashmir and South Asia.”
Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyer, Chairman, South Asia Foundation hoped that SAF will work as a catalyst for “promoting international understanding and cohesion amongst the SAARC countries.”
Prof. Veena Sikri who earlier headed the Bangladesh Studies Programme at the Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia and an active member of South Asia Foundation gave a perspective on the academic cooperation between the two universities which was the first of its kind in respect of UGC-Dual Degree Programme implementation.
Earlier, Prof. Mujtaba Khan, Director, Human Resource Development Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia welcomed the guests and observed that it was a “historic moment for both the universities to enter into an academic collaboration for teaching and research.”
The course will be spread over two years comprising four semesters. The academic session for this Postgraduate programme will commence in July each year following the national academic calendar. Each semester will have 4 courses of 4 credits each totaling 16 credits per semester, with the fourth semester having a dissertation paper, also of 4 credits.
This makes a total of 64 credits for the Master’s degree. The 1st and 3rd semesters will be taught, evaluated/graded at the University of Kashmir, Srinagar. The 2nd and 4th semesters will be taught and evaluated/graded at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. The syllabus for the 1st and 3rd semesters for the said Master’s programme will be designed by the University of Kashmir.
Jamia Millia Islamia, besides designing core courses, will provide a list of optional courses in related disciplines to be offered at the 2nd and 4th semesters under its Choice Based Credit Transfer System. The theme of the dissertation and nomination of supervisor will be finalized for each student before the end of the second semester. The dissertation will be submitted and evaluated before the end of the fourth semester.
Jamia Millia Islamia and University of Kashmir will formalize a mutually agreed admission procedure, including a joint entrance examination to be conducted simultaneously in Srinagar and New Delhi.