KU Leh campus fails to attract students

Irfan Tramboo

Srinagar, May 10: Since its inception in 2015, Kashmir University’s Leh Campus has failed in catching the attention of the local students. While the students prefer to move out for higher studies, the campus has failed in producing any Post Graduate so far.
The poor response from the students is being attributed to various factors such as the delay in examinations and results due to various reasons; however, official said that those issues were sorted out.
They said that there used to be delays of different sorts due to the situation in Kashmir and the students of the region did not want to face the brunt and majority of them preferred to move out, leaving the campus deserted.
“There were those issues, but they were sorted out and it (the campus) was even delinked from the main campus when it comes to the conduct of exams or results, but that had little impact on the ground,” an official said.
While the Leh campus is getting more funding than South and North Campus in Kashmir, the authorities have so far failed in persuading the students and in initiating an outreach program, which they said is a must, to make students take up their PGs at the campus.
The Campus, while it has failed in reaching out to the student community, is offering PGs in subjects that are less attractive to the students of the region, who in turn, move out and pursue subjects of their own choice. It is currently offering PGs in the subjects like Geology, MBA Tourism, English and integrated courses like BBA-MBA, BSC- MSC Geology.
Professor Farooq Khan, Director Leh Campus Kashmir University told Excelsior that there is a particular mindset dominant among people of this region-particularly the students-that they want to go for their higher studies outside.
“This,” he said, “was the reason that they haven’t been able to get enough students who would have opted for PGs at the campus. We are working to change that attitude by initiating awareness and outreach campaigns,” he said.
“We have met civil society in the region and we have asked for their help in doing away with such an approach. We are witnessing a change as we have started the integrated program and the PG classes are also set to start in few days,” he said, adding that “next year, the situation is expected to improve.”