Coaching center row: Admin constitutes Task Force

Coaching center row: Admin constitutes Task Force

The sources said District Development Commissioner Farooq Ahmed Shah last week issued formal orders in this regard.

Prompted by frequent complaints of alleged lack of basic facilities at coaching centers, the district administration has constituted a Task Force for surprise inspection of these institutions.

The Task Force will be specifically looking into the complaints against the centers through on the spot inspections.

Official sources said Sub District Magistrate East Dr Syed Abid has been appointed as the Task Force head.  They said he would be monitoring the functioning of coaching centers in entire district spanning over seven Tehsils. 

The sources said District Development Commissioner Farooq Ahmed Shah last week issued formal orders in this regard.   

Students and their parents have been complaining that the coaching centers have allegedly failed to provide quality education at affordable prices. While the coaching centers are accused of charging huge fee of around Rs 50,000, scores of students are crammed in classrooms. 

There are also other issues like segregation of sexes for the coaching center classes, a demand pending since 2009 when a teenage girl RomanaJavaid was mowed by two car-borne eve-teasers in ParrayPora locality, a hub of coaching centers. The debate on segregation of classes geared a new momentum last month when stalkers threw acid on a student outside her college.

In the past two years the district administration has been active into streamlining of coaching center operations while the DDC has even personally inspected the facilities. 

 Last week, during a surprise inspection in Hazratbal and adjoining areas the administration reportedly found that around 300 students were being crammed in small room void of requisite facilities. 

Sources said finding the conditions “grossly inhuman”, summons were issued in all the five cases to the coaching center owners to appear before the District Magistrate.

They said apart from being run illegally, such center have failed to pay any income tax  or provide incentives for students from economically down trodden sections of the society.

There seems to be no end to such issues. Last year in January, the then Assistant Commissioner Nazool Syed SajadQadri during similar inspections had found the coaching centers “unsafe and overcrowded.” He was transferred within months.

Meanwhile coaching centers have gone on a 2-day strike against “government inspections and other high-handedness" which they believe is infringement into their rights.