A city college with just 10 students on rolls!

Established more than eight years ago the government degree college (GDC) Bagh-i-Dilawar Khan in Downtown has just 10 students on its rolls with at least six faculty members on its rolls.

The college is functioning from four “hired” rooms of MP higher secondary school (HSS), depicting the grim picture of poor infrastructural standards in existing degree colleges of the state.

This year only 10 students are on the rolls in the college, said a source. Earlier, the government had decided to introduce different courses in the college to attract students. But the proposal never took off.

“This is the only college where teaching faculty outnumbers the students. From past four years we have been hearing about different initiatives to increase the enrollment in the college but nothing has happened on ground during the past eight years,” an official in higher education department said.

Greater Kashmir carried a series of stories on the college in the past. An official said at one point it was suggested to merge the students with a nearby college and utilise services of its faculty on need basis in other colleges.

The official said a Rs 11.45 crore proposal had been approved for setting up a permanent campus for the college, adjacent to Gandhi Memorial College. But despite passing of more than five years the construction work hasn’t been completed.

The upcoming building of the College would be separated by just a wall with Gandhi Memorial College, a clear violation of norms for opening of the new colleges.

“There is no doubt that authorities have failed to make the college functional like othercolleges in Kashmir. The government should complete construction of the new campus and introduce some specialised courses which can help to attract students,” an official said.

Director Colleges J&K, Muhammad Yasin Shah said the government was “seriously thinking of making the college functional and increase its enrollment as well”.

“We are expecting to shift the college to permanent campus by end of this year. We are hopeful the enrollment will increase with introduction of specialised courses,” Shah said.

Commissioner Secretary higher education department Talat Parvez said there was no purpose of keeping faculty posted in any college which has meager enrollment of students.