Where’s Central University?

MOCKERY: 4 yrs on, varsity runs from temporary accommodations

IMRAN MUZAFFAR

Srinagar, Mar 20: Despite possessing 4600 kanals of land in Ganderbal district, after being establishment in 2009, the Central University of Kashmir is still looking for accommodation on rental basis to run the institution.
On past Tuesday, the varsity issued a notification in local dailies seeking accommodation on rental basis for establishment of departments. “The University is looking for suitable accommodation on rent basis (to be assessed by CPWD) in district Srinagar, its adjacent areas and in Ganderbal town,” the notification No. CUKmr/Estt/HA/F.No.202/13 read.
It stated that the varsity requires 50 rooms. “Building owners/parties having accommodation in minor deviation to above requirement may also apply. The buildings should be independent, properly fenced and should have adequate bathroom facility along with suitable parking area,” the notification read.
The Central University is operating from temporary accommodations at Sonwar, Magarmalbagh and Zainakote since its establishment in 2009, while plans for construction of a permanent campus at Ganderbal have been “underway” for over two years now.
On January 14, 2011, the State Cabinet approved transfer of 4600 kanals of land in Ganderbal in favour of Jammu and Kashmir Higher Education Department for construction and permanent establishment of the Central University of Kashmir. However, the construction is yet to be started while the varsity faces acute accommodation crunch in absence of a permanent campus.
Last year, the J&K Government is understood to have got expert suggestions that the proposed land identified for establishment of the varsity was marshy and unfit for construction purposes. The proposed land spanning areas of Kurhama, Tulmulla and Zarigund was lately being “considered as unfit for construction of the University” by experts who had reportedly suggested the state government to explore “alternate land options” to establish the varsity.
The regular moves of the varsity to seek private accommodation for establishment of departments have raised questions over the functioning of an institution, which was establish with fanfare in 2009.
Vice Chancellor Prof Abdul Wahid said construction of the permanent campus in Ganderbal was hampered because of a tussle between farmers and state government. “Just three months back, we were given the pending 700 kanals of land. Since we were yet to get the entire land, the construction of the campus could not be started,” he told Greater Kashmir.
Prof Wahid said the administration has completed basic requirements like control mapping and soil testing. “The master plan is in the process of making. We publicized national level advertisements and at least 22 firms had qualified for constructing the campus. We shortlisted some and within four to five months, the master plan would be ready,” the vice chancellor said.
He said the varsity was facing huge accommodation crisis and it was planning to abandon the rented Zainkote campus.
The Vice Chancellor said “volatile situation” in Kashmir was also “one of the reasons” for delay in construction of the permanent campus.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST




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