SRINAGAR: The administration of the school for deaf and dumb at Solina Srinagar, Abhedananda Home, is finding it hard to run the institution owing to lack of funds.
As many as 80 deaf, dumb and blind students are receiving education at the school currently, which was established by Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, N. Gopalaswami Ayyangar in 1941.
The administrators of the school said that the government stopped the grants for the school recently affecting its proper functioning.
However, a similar school in Jammu is excelling after it was completely taken over by the state government.
Principal of the school Nasema Bano told Kashmir Reader that their pleas to the government for takeover of the school and its up-gradation fell on deaf ears.
“For decades, the school has been beneficial for the differently-abled children as they receive quality education here. The government seems careless about the issue,” Bano said.
She said after last year’s September floods they are finding it difficult to run the school.
“Our school was damaged severely in September floods and there was hope of help from the government, but they ignored us completely,” she said.
The Principal said that the CRPF troops have occupied almost half of the school area. “Neither the government is removing them nor do we receive any rent for the occupied portion,” Bano said.
Teachers at the school said that Abhedananda Home is currently run by a society comprising of some top bureaucrats and influential people. The society has failed to come up to the expectations of the teachers or the students.
“Time and again, the government officials as well as society members promise us to upgrade the facilities here but they never kept their promises,” a teacher of the school said.