Jammu, Apr 7 : The members of Gujjar Community on Sunday demanded that the seats for open courses in Gojri subject, run by University of Jammu(JU) at Postgraduate level, must be increased from existing 032 to 100. Speaking at a programme organised by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation which was presided over by noted Gujjar Scholar Javaid Rahi, the community members made an appeal to Prof Manoj K Dhar, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu to intervene in the matter and issue direction in this regard.
The members of Gujjar community stated that a large number of Post Graduate students were interested to opt for Gojri as one of the subject under 'Choice Based Credit System' but seats were not available. Dr Rahi in his address said that the limit of the seats should be increased immediately as there were number of students who interested to opt for Gojri languages in PG courses in JU.
He stated that Gojri is fast emerging languages of the state with rich treasure modern literature besides Folk and Classic literature at its back. He said presently more than one thousand books are available in Gojri in J&K and adjoining states. He expressed high hopes and impressed upon JU authorities to enhance seats in Gojri keeping in view its larger catchment area spread over 12 states.
The speakers stated that students were taking Gojri with great enthusiasm and all the 32 seats fixed by JU were filled within three days. They made an appeal to Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu to direct University to enhance seats in Gojri from 32 to 100. The participants also urged that the University authorities to start Gojri Research Centre in Poonch Camps of Jammu University from the upcoming academic session. The Gojri Centre was approved by the council five year back but till date its not made functional, the community members alleged. (UNI)