J&K Wakf Board runs 14 schools, 3 nursing colleges

The State Wakf Board, the second richest institution in J&K after state government, is planning to set up a diagnostic centre in Kashmir.

The Board Vice Chairman, G R Sufi said keeping into consideration demands of people they were planning to establish the diagnostic facility for people.

An RTI filed by an activist, MM Shuja with the Board has revealed that the Board has 14 schools/college with 4849 students enrolled in them. At least 243 teachers/ lecturers and 116 non –teaching staff are working in these institutes.

The Board has three Darul-ulooms in which 53 students are studying. Five teachers and five non-teaching members are posted there.

Besides, the Board has 44 “part time Darasgahs” in which 3000 students are studying, who are taught by 46 Moulims.

The Board counts Bibi Halima College of Nursing and Technology as one of its achievement. “The Wakf Board is running a 4-year B.SC (Nursing) and a 4-year Post Basic Nursing Programme at Bibi Halima College of Nursing and Medical Technology (BHCNMT) Srinagar. It has been cleared for introducing M.SC (Nursing) to add up 50 more seats in B.SC Nursing,” reads the RTI.

It said that to be able to handle increased intake of students and introduce higher courses, the College was being shifted to a new campus at Kathidarwaza, here which is currently under construction at an estimated cost of Rs 9.50 core.

The Board has also set up two more nursing colleges – Alamdar College of Nursing at Charar –I- Sharief and Mantaqui Memorial Nursing College at Awantipora.

The RTI activist had sought details about educational institutions, professional colleges, universities, Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Orphanges, Musafir Khans established by the Board, along with details of income and expenditures.

The Board, as per the RTI, has 1753 kanals and 14 marlas of orchard land and 8377.15 kanals of forest land.

The Board has received Rs 12.34 core donation in cash last financial year, Rs 3.12 core donation in kind and Rs 4.46 core license fee.

The Board’s agricultural income was Rs 83.55 lakh last financial year and the income generated from schools was Rs 2.35 crore. The revenue generated from other source including bank interest, old material, Indent fee amounts to Rs 2.11 crore for 2017-18.