Kashmir University, the largest academic/educational institution in Kashmir has received over 35000 applications against the vacancy of 3600 students. The officials told that they could not accommodate more students that its capacity of 3600 students. Registrar of the university, Zaffer Reshi told, “Over 35000 application forms from students have been received by the university but we cannot take more students than our capacity of 3600 vacancies.”
Due to the devastating floods in September 2014 in the region, the admission process was delayed by nearly six months, which is likely to impact the current academic session. Usually, the university issues the admission notification in February and the classes begin by the end of March, this year however, due to the floods, the notice was issued in May.
The university issued admission notification for 43 postgraduate courses and three undergraduate courses for the 2015 academic session and the classes are likely to commence by June.
Also, apart from the main campus in Hazratbal, Srinagar, the university has two more campuses in Anantnag and Delina (North Kashmir), which offer various engineering and management courses. The notification regarding management, engineering and the certificate and diploma courses would be issued separately.
Students have been complaining and criticizing the government for failing to expand the education infrastructure in the region which is forcing the students to pursue their education outside. There are not many choices in Kashmir and the University offers a very limited capacity. While some students are forced to go for distance education, some have to pursue their education in outside universities. The government is not taking the issue seriously and is not doing anything to upgrade the academic infrastructure in the valley, express a student.
Apart from Kashmir University, there are two other universities offering postgraduate and undergraduate professional courses are Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) and Central University of Kashmir (CUK). Both the universities however lack proper infrastructure.