SRINAGAR: Kashmir University’s Youth Sports Hostel building meant for sports activities has been occupied by various departments of the varsity.
The four-storied building was built in 2012 to provide better sporting facilities and boarding for the students who would come from far flung areas to participate in sports events.
Currently, offices of Dean Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology, Dean Faculty of Biological Sciences and Directorate of Physical Education have their offices in the building.
As per the official site plan, the building had accommodation for 120 persons, but most of the rooms have been converted into store rooms and offices.
A KU official said on condition of anonymity that the varsity has to arrange for accommodation of students who come from other districts.
“Sometimes we provide them our own rooms as makeshift arrangement,” he said.
Registrar KU Prof Musadiq Amin Sahaf said, “The building was not meant exclusively for boarding purposes. Only dormitories were made for hosting sportsmen and the rooms were made for the running of administrative offices.”
But as per the official layout of the building, it had 20 bedrooms, two dormitories, a kitchen, snooker hall, two reading areas, two lecture rooms, one warden’s room and one dining hall.
The dining hall of the building has been converted into a storeroom.
About Rs 6 crore were spent on the construction of the building. The funds were provided by former Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah under Local Area Development scheme, state government and University Grants Commission.