Situated at Hazratbal, an idyllic area on the western side of the fabulous Dal Lake of Srinagar and held in veneration by the Muslims for the beautiful mosque that enshrines the holy hair of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), the main campus of the University of Kashmir is spread over 263 acres of lush green land with three adjacent campuses of exquisite beauty, Amar Singh Bagh, Naseem Bagh and Mirza Bagh. Amar Singh Bagh is located on the bank of the Dal having on its other three sides a background of mountainous amphitheatre rising to a great height above its clear water. Naseem Bagh, or “the garden of breezes”, laid originally by Emperor Akbar, is a magnificent grove of Chinar trees, facing the artificially formed island, Sona Lank or the Golden Island, in the centre of the northern portion of the Dal. Mirza Bagh, now the “University Town”, housing the residential quarters for the teaching and non-teaching staff of the University, is situated on the bank of the famous, Nigeen Lake. The unique combination of lake and mountain scenery, and the impressive calm and serene ambience provide a highly congenial atmosphere for the philosopher’s contemplation and the scientist’s research. The University of Kashmir has grown into a multi-campus University that has more than forty departments and directorates grouped in eleven different schools/faculties that offer more than sixty undergraduate and postgraduate programs besides research programs and the programs offered in its constituent colleges. The University provides reasonably comfortable residential facilities on first-come-first-served basis to the teaching and non-teaching staff as well as to students, male and female, in hostels. Besides the departmental libraries, the University has a centrally heated central library, called Iqbal Library, with a vast collection of books, leading national and international journals and magazines and the recently installed internet facility. The location of the library, a magnificent edifice, at a walking distance from the various departments of the University, renders it easily accessible to teachers, research scholars, and students of the University. The University focuses on the high caliber academic research, which develops the frontiers of knowledge that are relevant to the students, practitioners, public institutions, and society. This has also been recognized by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India (NAAC) as it has rated the university as Grade ‘A’ institution. The University figures in top 100 institutions of the country.
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