The University of Kashmir (U-K, UoK), informally known as the Kashmir University (KU), is a collegiate public state university located on the western side of the Dal Lake in the city of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, India which was established in year 1948. The main campus of the university is divided into three parts; Hazratbal Campus, Naseem Bagh Campus, and Mirza Bagh Campus.
The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs in the fields of liberal arts, business, commerce and management studies, education, law, applied sciences and Technology, biological sciences, physical and material sciences, social sciences, medicine, dentistry, engineering, oriental learning, and music and fine arts. It was awarded Grade "A+" by the NAAC on 20 May 2019.
The inception of the University of Kashmir dates back to the establishment of Jammu and Kashmir University in year 1948. Contribution of the academicians of various faculties needs special mention. Notable alumni are spread around the globe, have made a name for the country and for the institute. In year 1969, it was made into two full-fledged universities: University of Kashmir at the Srinagar and University of Jammu at Jammu.
The University of Kashmir, since its establishment, has been focused at the Hazratbal and encompasses three adjacent areas: Amar Singh Bagh, Naseem Bagh and Mirza Bagh. This campus is spread over the area of 263 acres (1.06 km2). It is the largest university by a number of full-time candidates in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
A major part of the Amar Singh Bagh and Naseem Bagh constitute the Hazratbal campus which is laid out on the northeastern bank of the Dal Lake. Earlier, many postgraduate departments, research and other centres were housed in the Naseem Bagh. But the university resolved to develop the Naseem Bagh into a heritage site and, thereafter, many departments were shifted to other areas of the Hazratbal campus. As of April 2013 Zakura Campus is being developed on 300 kanals of the land in close proximity to Hazratbal campus to meet expansion requirements of the university. Mirza Bagh or "University Town" consists of buildings housing quarters for the university staff.
The idea of extending postgraduate study programmes to colleges and establishing new campuses at the Ananthnag and Baramulla was conceived by the then Vice Chancellor Prof Raees Ahmad in year 2002. He mobilised over 30 crores for the development of the university from the prime minister's fund for the overall development of the main campus and the establishment of the new campuses. The foundation stones were laid by the Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and the plans of buildings were approved. The locations of the campuses had to be changed because of likely floods. After Prof Tareen the development of the campuses took a long time and became operational in year 2008-2009. The new social science block, the life science block, the examination block, the humanities block, the distance education block, the media block and many other buildings were constructed in year 2001 and 2004 during Prof Tareen's period out of the PMs special fund. The 200-capacity convention centre was also completed.
The South Campus established on 259 kanals of the land at Fateh Garh, Anantnag was started in October 2008. The North Campus on 559 kanals at Delina, Baramulla was started in December 2009. Three more campuses at Kupwara, Kargil and Leh are coming up.
The University of Kashmir has flourished into one of the largest Institutes. It has 12 faculties, 47 academic departments, 21 centres, 36 colleges and six (privately managed) recognised institutes spread all over the state. The two largest departments in candidate enrolment include the Faculty of Law and the Business School.
The Faculty of Law being one of the oldest departments runs 3 courses LLB, LLM and B.A, LLB(Hons). The Faculty of Law has been successfully pursuing higher standards of the academic excellence. The department has produced eminent jurists, lawyers, authors, civil servants and politicians. The department's candidate body, "Law Society," actively organises debates, seminars, and moot court competitions. The faculty publishes a refereed research journal, Kashmir University Law Review (KULR), which is acclaimed across the country and appreciated by academia, eminent lawyers and judges.
The Business School has become an iconic institution in the field of the management education and has been playing an incredible role in the growth of the corporate sector and management education in India. Its Integrated MBA (IMBA) and Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management (MTHM) programmes are unique blends of strategic thinking, pragmatism in implementation and cutting-edge relevance. The business school has been renamed as the Department of management studies Pre the naac visit that was held in year 2019. It was changed because they added some other side courses as well and thus the name Department of management studies other than the business school. It is still called as the business school but on papers the name has been changed.
The courses offered by the department of Media Education Research Centre (MERC) in mass communication and journalism have been a boon for the youth of the valley. The centre has produced more than 800 postgraduates, about 80% of them are working with media organisations at local, national and international levels. The alumni of the centre are placed in the reputed national broadcast journalism organisations like NDTV, CNN-IBN, Headlines Today, Sahara, Zee News, Times Now, Star News and national print media organisations like Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, The Hindu, Mail Today, Outlook, India Today, Tehelka, and The Week. The masters programme in Kashmir and South Asia Studies introduced at the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute of Kashmir Studies from year 2013 academic session under a reformulated MoU between South Asia Foundation (SAF), India and the University of Kashmir, Srinagar has seen candidates in the state and across the border showing keen interest in studying Kashmir from a multi-dimensional perspective. Other faculties have made remarkable achievements since its inception with candidates preferring to pursue higher education from this university. In year 2014 the university started its engineering college – Institute of Technology at the newly acquired Zakura Campus. Currently, the college offers four-year BTech courses in specialisations including Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
The university has a 247 acres campus in Hazratbal. In order to make education more accessible to the people living in remote areas of the Kashmir valley, the university has established Satellite Campuses at Anantnag (South Campus), Zakura Campus (Institute of Technology), and Baramulla (North Campus). Three more Satellite Campuses at the Kupwara, Kargil and Leh are being established.
The university has a central library called Allama Iqbal Library. It has a collection of over 600,000 books including 415 rare manuscripts. It was established to cater the needs of the scholars, researchers and students of the university. With the split of the university in year 1969, the library was shared by the 2 universities (University of Kashmir and University of Jammu).
The university provides residential facilities on a first-come-first-served basis to the teaching and non-teaching staff as well as to Candidates.
Gani Kashmiri Hostel for the research scholars pursuing M.Phil. and PhD programmes
Habba Khatoon Girls Hostel for the female candidates
Mehboob-ul-Aalam Hostel for postgraduate male candidates
Sheikh-ul-Aalam (A.R) Hostel for male candidates
Maulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri Hostel for male candidates
Faculties, departments, and centres
School of Arts, Languages and Literature
Department of Arabic
Department of Urdu
Department of English
Department of Kashmiri
Department of Foreign Languages
Department of Library and Information Science
Department of Linguistics
Department of Persian
Department of Sanskrit
Department of Hindi
School of Social Sciences
Department of Economics
Department of History
Department of Shah-i-Hamadan(A.R) Institute of Islamic Studies
Media Education Research Centre (MERC)
Department of Political Science
Department of Sociology and Social Work
Department of Psychology
Department of Philosophy
Department of Library and Information Sciences (LIS)
Faculty of Business and Financial Studies and Management
Department of Business and Financial Studies (Erstwhile department of Commerce)
Department of Management Studies
Faculty of Education
Department of Education
Department of Physical Education
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Dentistry
School of Unani and Ayurvedic Medicine
Faculty of Engineering
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering (Zakura Campus)
Department of Mechanical Engineering (Zakura Campus)
Department of Electrical Engineering (Zakura Campus)
Department of Computer Science and Engineering (North Campus, Delina Baramulla)
Faculty of Law
Department of Law
Faculty of Music and Fine Arts
Faculty of Oriental Learning
Faculty of Biological Sciences
Department of Botany
Department of Biochemistry
Department of Zoology
Department of Biotechnology
Department of Clinical Biochemistry
Faculty of Physical and Material Sciences
Department of Chemistry
Department of Geology and Geophysics
Department of Mathematics
Department of Physics
Department of Statistics
School of Earth and Environment Sciences
Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Environmental Science
Department of Geography and Regional Development
Department of Geoinformatics
Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology
Electronics and Instrumentation Technology
Institute of Home Science
Department of Computer Science
Department of Food Science and Technology
Department of Information Technology ( currently under IT and SS)
Directorate of Physical Education and Sports
Directorate of Distance Education
Directorate of Lifelong Learning
Directorate of Information Technology and Support System (IT and SS)
Directorate of Internal Quality Assurance (DIQA)
Directorate of Watch and Ward
Directorate of Hygiene and Environment
Directorate of Convocation Complex
Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS)
Centre of Research for Development (CORD)
Centre for Energy Studies
Centre for Biodiversity and Taxonomy
University Science and Instrumentation Centre
Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC)
State Resource Centre (SRC)
Public Relations Centre (PRC)
Centre for Career Planning and Counselling(CCPC)
Population Research Centre (PRC)
Allama Iqbal(A.R) Institute of Culture and Philosophy
Institute of Music and Fine Arts
Regional Study Centre
Vision: To be a world-class University committed to create and disseminating knowledge for human development and welfare.
Mission: To create an intellectually stimulating environment, promote excellence in teaching, research and extension activities and facilitate academic freedom, diversity and harmony.