By Insha Latief
SRINAGAR: Students of polytechnic colleges complain that they are facing tough time attending winter classes without adequate heating facilities.
The government has announced winter vacations for all colleges but the polytechnic colleges were exempted so as to enable them to finish their syllabus.
Haris Hussain, a student of Kashmir Government Polytechnic said the “We have to complete syllabus in two months. Our exams will be held in March. But we get heating arrangement for the class only occasionally. We suffer from cold.”
Shaista Shamim, Principal of Kashmir Government Polytechnic said the vacations were cancelled, “because the Polytechnic college works as per the calendar of KGP Jammu. We want to compensate the loss that happened because of the 3 months long turmoil.”
She admitted that heating arrangements were no adequate. “we are using heaters in our class and that is not enough. Within some days, we will get more heaters so that no class should function without heating facility,” she said.
Nisar Hussain, a student from Ladakh, said, “I have to manage for the whole winter for the sake of my studies. Heating arrangement is inadequate and we want vacations to be declared.”
According to the Principal, the vacations have been called off earlier also for the benefit of students.
Winter classes have, however, taken toll on the health of some students.
Arooj Khan, a student of Government Polytechnic Bemina said, “Our class is in ground floor and the walls got damaged because of 2014 floods. We get ill because of the intense cold. We want vacations to be declared.”
Shabeena, HOD, Office Management said “The classrooms have polythene linings on the windows and gas-heaters. Though the winters are harsh but exams will be on time, already much time has been wasted. It is problem for teachers also but we are doing it for the future of our students so that they don’t get complications while placements otherwise it is impossible to take classes in chilly winters.”
The students of private colleges are witnessing similar problems.
Rahila Ali, a student of Royal Polytechnic College, has been suffering from cold as she has to leave home early in the mornings for college. “Even the private colleges are not giving us proper heating facility. Technical board should understand that nothing is more important than our health,” she said.
Arshi Imtiyaz, a student of KITE polytechnic College said, “the college charges enough amount from us but still we are not getting heating arrangements. Either they provide us proper heating facility or they close the college for vacations.”