Students of Economics department in Kashmir University (KU) had a narrow escape when ceiling of their classroom came crumbling down on Thursday morning injuring some students.
The injured students including few girls were shifted to KU's Health Centre for treatment and medical examination where from the two students, including one male and female, were shifted to SKIMS Soura for further treatment and discharged in the afternoon.
"The students were treated for injuries and were later discharged," doctors said.
The concerned teacher, Assistant Prof. Maryam who was taking mathematics class of first semester students at the time of the incident said "around 80 students were present in the classroom when major portion of the ceiling collapsed, injuring the students". "It was a miraculous escape for us. Half of the ceiling crumbled…there was chaos inside the classroom," said Prof. Maryam whose right arm has got injured in the incident.
The Lecture Hall-1, located at the first floor of the building, has gable shaped ceiling where half of the ceiling crumbled down creating fear psychosis among the students.
"Some students didn't receive any injury but they were shocked as the incident happened all of a sudden disturbing the whole class," said another teacher of the department.
Head of the Economics department Dr. Effat Yasmin said students were injured in the classroom.
"We immediately rushed these students to the health center and deputed our staff members with them," she said. Dr. Effat however said they have decided to close the department till Monday. "We will open the department after few days. We have to handle the situation here and get the damages repaired."
The Varsity authorities have constituted a three member committee to examine the case and submit a detailed report into the incident for appropriate action.
The committee members include Chief Proctor, Joint Registrar (Estates) and Executive Engineer of the varsity.
Also the committee has been asked to examine the buildings of similar nature in the varsity. "The committee will assess and report the present status of such buildings, identifying faults in order to initiate appropriate corrective measures," reads the KU order.
Spokesperson of the University said the safety audit earlier ordered by the varsity authorities was in light of the quake measures and other aspects. "But the fresh committee has been ordered to ascertain the cause of this particular incident," he said.