From bad to worse
Kashmir valley has been experiencing a tremendous shortfall of educational institutions and that too at the higher level. The Valley does not have institutions that could provide a solution and options for the student at the higher level so that they could continue their education here and seek excellence in various fields.
This being the prime reason that students from Kashmir valley have to move outside the state for seeking higher education. This move often proves costly for the students as well as the parents alike.
Another reason that forces students to move out and seek greener pastures elsewhere is the failure of the institutions here in Kashmir to maintain standards that are otherwise required in today’s competitive world.
One such failure was witnessed yesterday when the highest seat of learning in Kashmir, the University of Kashmir failed to maintain its standard in terms of facilities and services provided in the academic sphere.
The University slipped from 47th rank to 53rd position in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)-2019 ranking, the report of which was released on yesterday.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) announced the ranking of the universities separately while as another list was issued wherein the MHRD had assessed universities and IITs jointly.
Notably, Kashmir University has also bagged an overall ranking of 79 from amongst all universities, IITs and other institutions assessed by the MHRD under NIRF.
The Indian Institute of Sciences Bengaluru has topped the list among the universities while as Indian Institute of Technology Madras has bagged the first rank in overall ranking of the institutions.
Pertinently, Kashmir University had bagged 47th position among the universities and 71 among all the institutions in NIRF ranking 2018.
This degrade from 47th to 53rd position in itself explains the dwindling standards of the Kashmir University. Instead of showing improvement, the varsity is going downwards at national level competition.
The NIRF was approved by the MHRD and launched on September 29 of 2015. As per the MHRD, NIRF outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country.
The failure of the Kashmir University to upgrade its ranking has raised several questions yet again. Questions that need to be answered as this is not for the first time that such an embarrassment has been witnessed by the University.
The University has become more of a politics centered institution rather than an institution of excellence where all efforts should have been diverted to attain greater heights during these testing times.
The officials of the University need to understand that they have to lead by example and for achieving that they have to stress more on academics rather than wasting time on other mindless activities.