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Programmes Offered

  •         MA
  •         MPhil
  •         PhD

Thrust Areas

  •         International Relations: SAARC Countries
  •         Pluralism and Composite Culture of Kashmir  
  •         Human Development
  •         Political Economy of South Asia
  •         Governance and Development in India
  •         Gender and Society in South Asia
  •         Literature of South Asia
  •         Kashmir Philosophy and Learning
  •         Kashmir and Central Asia

MA Programme Title

Two-Year MA Programme in Kashmir and South Asia Studies (2013-2014)


Masters programme in “Kashmir and South Asia Studies” has been introduced at the UMIKS from 2013 academic session under a reformulated MoU between South Asia Foundation (SAF), India and University of Kashmir, Srinagar, which was concluded on 23 August, 2012. The total intake capacity for this course has been determined at 30 (thirty) students. Out of the 30, 16 students are supposed to come from SAARC countries and the rest locals.

The admission shall be conducted through a written test for native candidates. The test shall comprise 60 multiple-choice objective type questions. The weightage for written test and marks obtained at the undergraduate level shall be 70% and 30% respectively. The candidates from SAARC countries shall have to appear in an online interview. Their undergraduate degree must be equivalent to that of the University of Kashmir. Further, SAF candidates shall have to send a one page summary underlining their interest in the programme.

Programme Rationale

The MA programme is intended to achieve four major objectives:

  • The MA programme shall operate within the multidisciplinary framework. The teacher has to   synergize Kashmir and South Asia in his/her method of teaching and discussion.
  • It aims at giving the students thorough grounding in certain foundational courses related to Kashmir and South Asia.
  • The students are also introduced to specialized areas by being offered a number of optional courses.
  • The students at the 4th Semester are required to write a Term Paper by undertaking purposeful  field work.

Programme Structure

The programme consisting of 4 semesters with 96 credits is to be completed in two years. In each semester, a student has to obtain a minimum of 24 credits. However, 12 credits are compulsory and are to be obtained from Core Courses offered by the Institute while the remaining 12 credits can be obtained in either of the following ways:

  • 12 credits can be obtained within the Institute as far as the papers in Allied Electives are   concerned; or
  • The candidate has the liberty to obtain 8 credits from the Institute from "Allied Elective" c category and 4 credits can be obtained from the faculty of Social Sciences. However, the students, in any case, have to obtain a minimum of 4 credits from the "General/Elective Open" category from outside the Institute.


The MA programme will be of two-year duration comprising four semesters.


  • Bachelors degree under 10+2+3 pattern with at least 45% marks for open category and 40% marks for reserved category in any discipline of this University or any other University whose examinations are recognized as equivalent thereto.
  • Bachelors degree in any stream equivalent to the corresponding Indian degree system.
  • Candidates from SAARC countries will be eligible for the course Fee Structure/Scholarships

The fee structure shall be as prescribed by the University from time to time. The UMIKS has sixteen South Asia Foundation Madanjeet Scholarships for SAARC countries. The value of each scholarship will be Rs. 10000 INR. Each SAARC country shall have to ensure the gender parity while nominating candidates for the admission.