Authorities launch colleges, fail to acquire land

Authorities launch colleges, fail to acquire land

Degree College Larnoo operating from a residential house
By Shafat Mir
Anantnag: Since its establishment 2011-12, the Government Degree College Larnoo is operating from two residential houses with a very small lawn in a congested locality. The college caters to villages around Kokernag, and has more than 300 students on roll.
It lacks basic facilities, has no computer lab while the library has been crammed inside a gable underneath the roof.
“There is a dearth of spacious classrooms and there is no computer lab. Due to non-availability of a proper ground we cannot take part in co-curricular activities,” a group of 2nd year students said.
They also complained about the lack of Environmental Sciences teacher.   “We haven’t read even a single chapter in this paper (Env Science) and nobody bothers about our fate,” they said.
A staffer said the college had recently procured equipment for a gymnasium but the equipment was gathering dust for lack of space. “Similarly, due to shortage of space we couldn’t set up a computer lab despite having been supplied with the computer units and laptops. It seems the higher education department has forgot that it has established a college in this far-off village of south Kashmir,” the staffer said.
According to insiders, the college had identified 88 Kanals of land, costing Rs 9 crore, for acquisition, but later only 50 Kanals were earmarked. The district administration, however, is yet to issue a notification regarding the acquisition of the land and the process has been stalled due to non-availability of funds.
Principal Ghulam Rasool Wani, said the delay in acquisition was taking toll on the college functioning and studies.
“The district administration also identified some government land but that patch is flood prone and it is a bad bet to construct college there. The unnecessary delay by the administration in providing funds for buying the land has severely hit the functioning of the college,” he said.

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