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KU to launch outreach programme in Leh to woo more students.

Dispelling apprehensions raised by some prominent citizens, the University of Kashmir has reiterated that no obstacles shall be allowed to come in the way of smooth functioning of the varsity’s satellite campus in Leh, and all-out efforts are being made to ensure greater enrollment of students there.

Rector Leh campus Dr Muhammad Shafi Sumbli in a statement said that admissions were previously done in Leh campus but due to varied reasons the students migrated to other places. But, he said, the vice-chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad during his recent four-day visit to Ladakh assured stakeholders as well as the Hill Council functionaries of working with a sustained focus to make the Leh campus more vibrant.

In this regard, Dr Sumbli said the university shall launch a mega outreach programme in Ladakh educational institutions—in consultation with education reformist Dr Sonam Wangchukh—after the results of class 12 are declared to motivate students to join integrated courses which shall be offered in Leh campus.

“The V-C has ordered going back to the integrated system to retain students for PG in the Leh campus. From 2019, courses which shall benefit students and help them pursue their master’s degrees in the region itself will be launched after proper assessment,” Dr Sumbli said.In view of geographical advantages, the integrated programmes in Earth Sciences and Geography will be offered in Leh and Kargil campuses, he said.

He said all required infrastructure is being put in place to ensure comfortable stay of students.

The Vice-Chancellor has asserted that adequate budgetary provisions shall be made for the Leh and Kargil campuses to enhance facilities for staff and students.Dr Sumbli said that authorities of LAHDC and other district authorities are fully cooperating in putting in place better facilities for the students, including round-the-clock water and power supply and adequate transport facility.During his recent Ladakh tour, the VC also interacted with media organisations wherein he delineated his future plans vis-à-vis satellite campuses with the active support of LAHDC and other district authorities.

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