Welcoming the opening of 50 new colleges in Jammu and Kashmir, the former finance minister Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday demanded that the state government should simultaneously go for creation of permanent staff for these colleges to achieve the target.
"I wholeheartedly welcome the opening of new colleges andfelicitate the Governor for this much required initiative. However, my earnestappeal would be that the administration should create permanent facultypositions for these colleges or otherwise the purpose of establishing thesecolleges would be defeated," Bukhari said in a statement.
He urged the Governorled administration to take a thorough review of the infrastructure includinghousing and equipment, besides faculty position in the existing colleges in thestate and take effective measures to address the loopholes.
"Also the government must expedite the process ofidentification and arrangement of land wherever the new colleges are supposedto function in rented accommodations. Need of the hour is to create andadvertise the faculty and other staff positions urgently so that the colleges,new and existing ones become real centers of learning in Jammu and Kashmir,"Bukhari said.
He said, "The existing and newly opened colleges should havebasic as well as latest job-oriented courses for students to address the graveissue of rising unemployment in the state."
"Only then can these institutions serve the purpose ofproviding quality and meaningful education to the youth of the state," he said,adding that the government should strike a balance between its focus onexpansion of pre university education and strengthening the infrastructure incolleges across the state.