Syllabi NOT fit for industry requirements: JU Report


Jammu, September 1:  Due to increase in the size and magnitude of activities on the University of Jammu (JU) campus, conducting regular internal audits has become an uphill task.

This has been revealed in the self-study of JU which was recently submitted to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The report highlighted various other weaknesses ranging from curriculum to administration.

The report claims that due to limited human resources, constraints are being faced by the varsity in the implementation of the student feedback system. Sources said in the self-study report, the Jammu University also mentioned that the programme on journalism and mass communication as recommended by the NAAC was yet to be introduced.

They added that the introduction of the programme was decided many years ago but an alleged delay on the part of the JU authorities invited severe criticism from the aspirants who wanted to pursue the professional course. “Lack of interest among students from outside state/abroad for taking admission in JU is also a cause of concern for the authorities, which has been mentioned in the report,” they added.

The report also stressed on upgrading and modifying the syllabi based on industry needs, while keeping in view the resources available with JU, which includes human resources as well as facilities. Further, the university also expressed infeasibility to introduce more programmes for professionals/ evening courses due to the security scenario of the state.

It also emphasised upon feedback from various stakeholders on curriculum development and its revision for which the initiative is yet to be taken. “The Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) which has recently been introduced from this academic session (2016-17) is still in its preparatory stage as confusion still prevails among both students and college managements. Jammu University mentioned it in its self-study report to make the system more robust and fully functional,” an official said.

“Though the Centre for Quality Assurance in the post reaccreditation period has been upgraded to a full-fledged Directorate of Internal Quality Assurance and given adequate human resources, yet quality assurance needs to be fully internalised by making it intertwined into every process rather than keeping it as a standalone activity,” the self-study report claimed.

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Source: The Tribune

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