23 colleges in J&K without buildings

“These colleges are functioning from makeshift arrangements in higher secondary schools and some middle schools. Few colleges are operating from rented buildings,” said an official.

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jul 22 2018 12:47AM | Updated Date: Jul 22 2018 2:08AM
23 colleges in J&K without buildingsFile Photo

Twenty-three government degree colleges – nine in Kashmir and 14 in Jammu region – are without buildings in Jammu and Kashmir.

Officials in the higher education department said that around 41 colleges were sanctioned during the past nine years under various centrally sponsored schemes and state plans. However, construction work is yet to be completed on 23 institutions.

“These colleges are functioning from makeshift arrangements in higher secondary schools and some middle schools. Few colleges are operating from rented buildings,” said an official.

There are at least 100 degree colleges (including grant in aid colleges) in the state – 53 in Kashmir and 47 in Jammu, out of which only 77 have permanent accommodation.

In 2008, the government of India approved ten colleges for the state under Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan (PMRP) phase II. However, the buildings of most of these colleges are yet to be completed.

New Women College Srinagar, which was approved in 2008 under PMRP, is functioning from a temporary accommodation in Amar Singh (AS) College. Likewise GDC Banihal and other various colleges are still functioning from makeshift arrangements.

In 2011, government of India approved 11 model colleges under the centrally sponsored scheme ‘Establishment of Model Degree Colleges in Educationally Backward Districts’. “The colleges were approved on the basis of SC and ST population in these areas,” he said.

Colleges approved under this scheme include Women College Kupwara which is now operating from a government middle school. The college has an enrollment of over 600 students who are crammed in five classrooms of the middle school. “Same is the case with other colleges where the work on government buildings is incomplete,” the official said. Baghi Dilawar Khan College in Srinagar is functioning from a makeshift arrangement of four rooms of MP higher secondary school.

Director colleges J&K, Zahoor Ahmad Chatt said that work on some college buildings is “in the final stage and will be handed over to college authorities this year”.

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