CCA flays CM’s opposition to IITs, IIMs

SRINAGAR: Coaching Centres Association (CCA) of Kashmir Tuesday termed the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s opposition to setting up of new IITs and IIMs as an “anti-education policy”.
In a statement issued to media, CCA Chairman G N Var said Omar has opposed a plan that could expand the reach of these “quality institutes”.
“Seats in our premier institutes need to be increased due to population growth over the year. So, when New Delhi is proposing to set up IIMs and IITs in every state, one shall welcome it,” he said.
“We cannot oppose new institutes by saying that old ones have insufficient infrastructure. Work can be undertaken on both fronts at the same time. We have to prepare for future and for that we need more institutes,” he added.
Var said the low intake capacity of professional colleges in the state was forcing thousands of students each year to move outside the state for education.
Asking the CM to take a “realistic look” at the education sector in Kashmir and to take some “drastic steps” to save the future of the students, CCA chairman said the state was at the “brink of a disaster”.
“Our schools are defunct, teachers don’t work, colleges are in shambles, polytechnic colleges are understaffed and even universities fail to deliver,” Var said, calling for “complete overhaul” of the system.