The recent trend in educational sphere of Jammu and Kashmir shows a large number of students moving out side the state and opting for courses not only limited to engineering and medical sciences, but also in arts and commerce. This number is increasing year after year, with more and more students opting for courses in the universities outside the state.
Punjab Technical University is among the top universities which provides bachelor and master courses in engineering to a huge lot of students. Jammu University and Kashmir University stands uncompetitive when it comes to match the quality and number of seats that universities outside the state have to offer.
With an overwhelming rise in student population, the state universities are proving to be inadequate in providing the courses to all the aspirants. To add to that, the aging syllabi of Jammu University is also a matter of concern which is doubtful to be at par with the rest of the nation. “There is more stress to theory and less to practical knowledge and this leaves us short of a deep understanding of the subject”, said Sameer, a JU engineering student.
The state board of school education and the University for higher education has been criticised many times for laying more stress on theory and less on practical knowledge of the subject. It is of the view of many students that mere cramming up of subjects is required to score good percentage in the exams. Placements for the final year students is also a major issue in the state colleges.
The on campus placement scenario in the state in even mass recruiting companies of India needs help. Only a fraction of students who graduate every year has a job offer in their hands while a majority of students remain unemployed. These students then have to either move out of the state in search of off campus opportunities or they switch to preparation for public service or banking exams. “I pursued engineering for 4 years, but I couldn’t crack a campus placement. So, now I’m studying for competitive exams in banking which makes me feel like I should have taken up a bachelors in commerce and not in engineering at all.”, says Amrit, a passed out Engineering graduate from JU.
So when we look at it, State universities of Jammu and Kashmir, although fully capable, are in the dire need of a reform in their education structure and expansion of educational institutions providing a higher number of graduation courses to the ever increasing number of students in the state.