KU teachers support ban on entry of vehicles in campus

Srinagar, May 14: The teachers’ body in Kashmir University (KU) has backed entry of vehicles inside the campus and has vouched to make the initiative a success.

In this regard the Kashmir University Teachers Association (KITA) has written to dean academic affairs about the decision taken by the executive body of the association.

 “In the executive meeting held on May 13, it was unanimously resolved that KUTA stands fully committed to support and promote a vehicle-free, green campus initiative launched by the administration during the NAAC peer team visit to the Varsity,” reads the letter.

Earlier, an eleven member committee head by dean academic affairs Prof. Akbar Masood, was constituted to examine the issues regarding the restriction of vehicles inside the main campus. The committee was entrusted to make recommendations to continue the initiative.

The committee comprising Professors and two each scholars and class representatives was constituted after a few professors had opposed the move and asked the varsity administration to revoke the ban on vehicle movement inside the campus.

However, majority of the teaching and non-teaching staff besides students and scholars have hailed the initiative and want the ban to continue.

A top official in KU said the official panel held a meeting on Tuesday and will also hold further deliberations on the issue. “Today’s meeting remained inconclusive so the committee will held deliberations on Wednesday regarding the initiative and recommendations will be put forth to administration accordingly,” the official said.

Meanwhile, KUTA president Prof. Muheet Ahmad in his letter has stated that the opinion poll done by the association has also proved that the university stake holders want the ban to be continued on the vehicle movement inside the campus.

“Majority of teachers (105) participated in the poll opined to continue with the present restrictions on vehicular movement inside the campus. A sizeable number of teachers wanted the ban to be revoked,” the letter reads.

The association has urged the dean academic affairs, who is also heading the official panel that vehicle entry passes are issued to the faculty members till proper arrangements of eco-friendly vehicles are made by the varsity administration for internal transport and all other modalities are kept in place.

“Vehicle entry passes may be issued to desirous faculty members subject to the condition that they will park their vehicles only at designated parking slots,” reads the letter.

It reads that no vehicle, except those carrying special entry passes issued exclusively to the faculty members having genuine health and other issues, may be allowed inside the campus once adequate arrangements of eco-friendly, battery-driven vehicles and bicycles are made.

On April 30, the KU administration had restricted the vehicle movement inside the campus in view of the NAAC team visit. However, the teachers’ body wanted the ban to continue post NAAC visit.