MFA struggles to start classes as KU fails to provide accomodation

Iqbal Kirmani

Srinagar: More than a month after floodwaters receded in the Rajbagh area, the School of Music and Fine Arts is still unable to start class work as Kashmir University has failed to provide them accommodation.
The 32 room building was badly hit by the September floods leaving a trail of destruction with cracked walls and fungus all over the building which has made the premises of the Valley’s maiden institute at Rajbagh unsafe for future activities.
“We have visited some places but the buildings are not fit for this institute,” Shaiqa Moin, principal of the college told Kashmir Reader.
Wearing medical masks the faculty is demanding a safe and a quick accommodation for the institute. “This building is unsafe and we cannot continue here as it is a health hazard,” principal said.
“We need spacious room where our students could work in,” Shaiqa said.
“The rooms, which we call studios, must have ample space to draw and work on developing artefacts like sculpture. Small rooms do not fit to the demands of the institute,” she said.
“There is an proposed building for the MFA to be constructed in the Zakura Campus but it will take time to complete,” Shaiqa said.
KU team had already visited the building and declared it unsafe for any class work.
“There are some problems and it came up during the University Council meeting as well,” Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University said. He said that there are some technical issues and liabilities about the institute and they are being looked into. “We are working on it and we will accommodate them soon,” Andrabi said.
Established in 1965, MFA is operating from a rented accommodation. Since its inception it was functioning under Cultural Academy.
Precious art works dating to pre-partition era and rare sculptures kept at the institute have been destroyed in the recent floods. The library and the music instruments have been totally damaged by the deluge.