Degree college Tral has 12 rooms for 1200 students

The teaching staff said they too find it difficult to accommodate a huge number of students in just 12 rooms.

IRFAN AMIN MALIK
Tral, Publish Date: Sep 18 2018 1:35AM | Updated Date: Sep 18 2018 3:00AM
Degree college Tral has 12 rooms for 1200 studentsFile Photo

This degree college was set up in 1988 by the government. Thirty years after its establishment, the college still craves for infrastructure and space.

The students complain that they have to bear the brunt of the lack of accommodation, as many students often attend the classes under the open sky. 

The teaching staff said they too find it difficult to accommodate a huge number of students in just 12 rooms.

This reporter saw huge number of male and female students inside the corridor of Arts block, waiting for their classes.

The college is offering degree courses of BA, B Sc and B Com and has presently 1200 students enrolled in all the three undergraduate courses - catering to around hundred villages.

“We have only 12 rooms in Arts block where we teach students from all streams. How can we accommodate hundreds of students in just 12 rooms? This situation has forced us to combine classes or take zero periods,” asked a staff member pleading anonymity.

He asked: “How can you expect quality education in such a situation?”

As per source, in 2005 the GDC Tral was shifted from the main town Tral to new campus Bajwani which has a single Arts block with no further infrastructure visible on the ground. 

Few years ago the government had announced two projects including Science Block and Library cum Theatre block for the college. “But none among them has been completed as yet,” sources said.

The source said that Science block which is under construction for past three years is still incomplete as the government and the local administration seem “indifferent” to the woes and miseries of the students. 

“In this situation the science students find it hard to do practical work,” they said.

The students said there is no library and auditorium in the college. “Though there are few books containing outdated information on various subjects that have been in a small room, there is no well established library where the students could go through newspapers and magazines and keep themselves updated about the latest happenings,” said Danish Ahmad, a student.

The students also complained that no sports activities are carried out in the college. 

The college ground itself speaks volumes about the status of sports facilities. The whole campus is covered with wild grass and garbage. 

“There are many students in the college who have performed well at the school level in various sports. “But here their talent goes waste as no sports activities are carried out in the college,” said a student who has bagged awards at the district level.

Many parents talking to Greater Kashmir alleged that the college without the basic facilities has become a “pass-time” spot for the students where any student can come and leave campus without being questioned by the college authorities. 

“There is no time table for the students. They arrive and leave at will and nobody questions them,” a group of parents said.

The college principal admitted the lack of infrastructure.

When contacted, commissioner secretary for higher education department, Sarita Chauhan told Greater Kashmir that the matter will be immediately taken up with the executing agency concerned to resolve it immediately.

“There is no problem from the higher education department. These projects have to be constructed by the executing agency. If projects are not being properly executed we may take necessary action,” she said.

Road and Buildings executive engineer for Pulwama district Sajad Naquib said that each project has a timeline of three years and the “department has completed the work within the stipulated time”.

However, he hastened to add that the work on the theatre block cum library block will begin very soon.

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