Inhabitants of Ajas, a tehsil in Bandipora district, with a population of around 30,000, have demanded a college for the tehsil.
On Sunday the villagers including the senior citizens, traders and religious leaders assembled at a local Eidgah and protested in favour of the demand for degree college for the tehsil.
The protestors said the village deserved a college. According to them the tehsil comprises of around 16 villages can have easy accessibility to education if the college is approved for the tehsil.
"We have sufficient land available in the village for the college," they claimed.
"Our children have to travel 25 kilometers for getting higher education to the nearest colleges," said retired headmaster Haji Ghulam Nabi of Ajas who is also a civil society member.
Students, who go far-off places for higher studies, said they were facing problems in reaching to the college. "It consumes a lot of time to reach our colleges."