Craft Development Institute offering unrecognised degrees


Srinagar, Nov 14: Craft Development Institute (CDI) has been offering unrecognised degrees, jeopardising the career of its students.
The students pursuing Masters in Craft Management and Entrepreneurship (MCME) at the CDI told The Kashmir Monitor that the management has ignored the directions to affiliate with the Kashmir University and the University Grants Commission (UGC).
“Every admission session, the management lies to the students that the institute is UGC recognised,” a student alleged.
The students said they cannot do the National Eligibility Test (NET) and Doctors in Philosophy (Ph. D) in MCME.
They said a top official from the Industries and Commerce (I&C) Department told them that MCME would be considered as a diploma programme and not as a degree.
Dean Academic Affairs Kashmir University, Musaddiq Sahaf, confirmed that the CDI had not applied for affiliation with the KU “for the last so many years”.
“Any programme (offered) by any institution recognised by the UGC, is recognised. Since KU is recognised by the UGC, so the MCME offered by the KU is automatically recognised. It is a Masters programme,” he explained.
Joint Director Handicrafts, Nazir Ahmad, admitted “negligence on part of the CDI management”.
He, however, said the matter “has been taken up with the concerned quarters”.