SRINAGAR: Sher-e-Kashmir Agricultural University scientists led by its association, SKUAST Scientists and Teachers Association (SSTA) have appealed government not to go with the proposal of establishing horticulture university in the Faculty of Agriculture which they believe might paralyse and impede the functioning of already existing acclaimed agricultural university, SKUAST-Kashmir.
According to an official press note issued here, they criticised the government’s move for the proposed university.
SSTA in it emergency meeting on Saturday at its headquarter, Shalimar welcomed the initiative of government for the establishment of horticulture university in the valley but were dismayed “to learn from some news outlets that government is planning to destroy the existing structure of SKUAST-Kashmir” by snatching away its important faculty (Faculty of Agriculture, Wadura) where government proposes to establish the university.
“We extend our full support to government for establishing the horticulture university but not at the cost of already existing agricultural university,” Dr Javid Bhat, General Secretary, SSTA said.
“Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology was established in 1982 and was soon bifurcated by carving out SKUAST-Jammu out of it that hampered the working and strengthening of the university to a great level and its further bifurcation is not affordable,” Bhat added.
Bhat also said that they would fight tooth and nail “to protect the interests of SKUAST-K”.
Dr S.A. Dar, President SSTA appealed government to search for suitable land for the proposed horticulture university away from the land and faculties under SKUAST-K. Dar further said that they want cooperation with government in establishing the proposed university. He, however, cautioned the government of huge resentment from scientific fraternity, if the Faculty of Agriculture, Wadura was seized from the SKUAST-K.
In the meeting it was unanimously resolved to cooperate with government for much needed horticulture university in the valley with due protection of the assets, infrastructure and staff of SKUAST-Kashmir.