HRD approves 2 engineering colleges, seven girls’ hostels in J&K

webdesk | Thursday, May 4, 2017 2:10 PM IST

HRD approves 2 engineering colleges, seven girls’ hostels in J&K

The Ministry of Human Resource Development  has approved two new engineering colleges, one in Jammu and one for the Kashmir valley. Along with this, seven new girls’ hostels for the region have also been approved by the ministry in a meeting with the education ministers from Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister, Altaf Bukhari and Minster of State, Priya Sethi met the HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar along with senior ministry officials in Delhi on Wednesday, where they discussed several education-related issues about the state.

“We have approved two new engineering colleges for J&K. One will be in Jammu, and the other in the Kashmir valley. It has been decided that studies will begin from the coming session in these colleges without waiting for a building. Once the building is constructed students can shift to the new location. Providing them education is more important right now,” HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said after the meeting.

He also mentioned that the government plans to increase the quota for students from J&K in institutions across the country, from the current 5 to 10. “Quota for J&K students will be increased across institutions. We want to encourage students to come forward for studies,” the minister said.

The minister said that the construction of girls hostels will also be one of the major steps to encourage the Kashmiri youth to pursue education.