Bandipora Polytechnic College lacks basic infrastructure

Owais Farooqi
Bandipora: Operating from a rented building since its establishment in 2012, the Polytechnic College in this north Kashmir district lacks proper infrastructure and basic facilities for the students.
The college started function​ing at Nebrepora in a private building and operates without labs and other study material since then, the students said.
Though the authorities had identified land for the construction of the buildings for the college, the locals got a court stay against the construction work.
Since then, the students said, no effort has been made by the college authorities to challenge the stay order.
“The college library is without study material prescribed in accordance to our syllabus. We can’t afford books of the prescribed authors as they are very costly,” they added.
The students said that the college has only 15 computers catering to hundreds of students.
The college offers diploma courses in ​​mechanical engineering and tourism and hotel management. It is only the third government Polytechnic in the state that has tourism department besides Leh and Jammu.
“The college lacks space and is without a playground,” the students said adding that it is​located near a bus stand.
“We study at a messy place. The administration assured us proper accommodation when we enrolled ourselves in the college, but that promise has not been fulfilled. We have been deceived,” a student, wishing anonymity, said.
While talking to Kashmir Reader Director Technical Education, Shabnam Shah Kamili, said that the authorities have identified the land for the new Polytechnic ​ colleges.​
“But as far as Bandipora college is concerned, we have no proper information. We will try to resolve the issue.”
She said that the department has asked the government for assistance so that new buildings and proper infrastructure will be installed at these colleges.