Union HRD Minister gives nod to IIT, IIM incubation centres for Srinagar

Excelsior Correspondent
NEW DELHI, May 29: Minister for Higher Education, Technical Education and Information Technology, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari today said that the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar, has given nod to the opening up of incubation centres for IIT and IIM for summer capital, Srinagar.
Ansari today met Prakash Javadekar to discuss various matters pertaining to the education sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Minister said that steps are underway to strengthen higher education in Jammu and Kashmir. The Minister said that Union HRD Minister has agreed for the establishment of incubation centres of IIT and IIM at Srinagar.
The Minister informed that the IIM Lucknow team had visited Kashmir during December 2017 to identify rented building for running such incubation centres at Srinagar. The building had been identified by the team and further course of the action as required to be initiated by IIM Jammu is still awaited.
He said that department has taken up the issue of creation of off campus of IIT Jammu at Srinagar with the management of IIT Jammu. The necessary action as required to be initiated in this behalf by IIT Jammu is still awaited.
The Minister demanded establishment of an Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) across the State, saying that State has only one CSIR Institute of Research. He informed the Union Minister that 46 colleges and University of Kashmir have applied for NAAC accreditation but the concerned team hasn’t visited these campuses for evaluation and it is proposed to take up the issue with the NAAC authorities to accelerate the process.