GANDERBAL: Commissioner/Secretary to Jammu and Kashmir Government, Department of Higher Education, Asgar Samoon and Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi Tuesday laid the foundation stones of two additional blocks of Pre-Engineered Buildings (PEBs), which will house eight academic departments, at varsity’s designated campus here in the presence of Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir.
The two blocks each with the plinth area of 1985 sqm and total built up area of 3870 sqm would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 33 crores and would house eight academic departments with 24 classrooms and 48 faculty rooms.
Prof. Mehraj ud Din informed the guests that the university would shift the academic activities to the designated campus immediately after the executing agency hands over the possession of the Pre Engineered Buildings.
Earlier on Monday Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan laid the foundation stone of the administrative block while as the District Development Commission (DDC), Tariq Husain Ganaie laid the foundation stone of the mini-academic block.
The foundation stone for the hostel block was also laid by the Vice-Chancellor of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology (SKUAST-K), Prof. Nazeer Ahmad.
Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, Finance Officer, Bashir Ahmad Haji, Deans of various Schools, Heads and Coordinators of different department, faculty members, senior functionaries of the varsity, representatives of M/s Kukreja, NBCC, NPCC and other officials from the district administration were also present on the occasion.
The administrative block with a plinth area of 6918.44 sqm and total built up area of 12352.70 sqm will come up at an estimated cost of Rs 88.023 Crores. At least 125 rooms shall be available in the administrative block which can be utilized for academic activities too. About 10 departments shall start operating from the building once it is completed, till the academic block comes up.
The mini-academic block, with a plinth area of 520 sqm and total built up area of 1040 sqm will come up at a cost of Rs 5.53 crores and will accommodate two teaching departments while as, the hostel block, having a plinth area of 2251.35 sqm and total built up area of 5664.65, would be constructed at a cost of 43.832 crores and will accommodate two hundred students.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan and the District Development Commission (DDC), Tariq Husain Ganaie asked the executing agencies to complete the projects within the stipulated time. The duo further directed the concerned agencies to avoid unnecessary delays during the construction work and ensure that the structures are strongly built. He directed the DDC to ensure that no impediments are created by anybody which will hamper the construction activity of the university.