Omar approves B.Com Honours stream in Islamia

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Srinagar, May 12:Approving B.Com Honours stream in the Islamia College of Science and Commerce, Srinagar, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today underlined consolidation as an essential ingredient in achieving excellence in higher education.

Chairing the Governing Body (GB) meeting of the College here, the Chief Minister asked the Kashmir University to do the needful in this regard within a week's time.

He said that imparting quality education is imperative to produce best subject matter specialists as per the market compatibility and higher educational institutions should benchmark it in their academic programmes.

The meeting of the College was held after the lapse of over nine years under the directions of Mr Omar Abdullah who is also Chairman of the GB to review the academic progress and infrastructure development and take decisions about the futuristic plans and strengthening of the college on modern lines.

The Chief Minister said that the prestigious Islamia College is known for its specialty in Commerce and the need is to further strengthen this stream and introduce subjects of marketability and present day relevance in the academic schedule of the college.

Mr Abdullah said that imparting quality education should be target of all educational institutions and Higher Education Department in consultation with the Universities should thoroughly look into the subjects taught in the higher educational institutions to make these job oriented and as per modern trends in science and technology.

The Chief Minister directed the Islamia College authorities to explore possibilities of enhancing the area of the college for futuristic expansion and addition.

"Option for vertical constructions instead of horizontal increase should be taken into account while looking for the expansion", he added.

Principal of the College, Mohammad Saleem Khan in his statement informed the GB that Islamia College has 75 per cent doctorates on its staff and the University Grants Commission of India has granted the college autonomous status besides awarding Rs 1.5 crore for being the best college of the State.

He said that the reconstruction of all the gutted structures has been completed and construction of an OBC hostel at a cost of Rs.

5.74 crore is under progress .

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