By Shafat Mir
Utersoo (Anantnag): Five years after a degree college was established at Utersoo village in Shangus area of Anantnag district in south Kashmir, the college is still functioning in prefab sheds inside the premises of a local secondary school.
The government established the Utersoo college in 2012 but the college sans its own campus and continues to operate from higher secondary school which also has a middle school inside its peripheries. The lecture halls for the college have been set-up in pre-fabricated huts besides a couple of buildings from the higher secondary school.
Locals and the student community said that the establishment of this college has barely served any purpose.
“Our MLA has failed to highlight the state of our college with the government or inside the state assembly. The stae of affairs at this college is a cruel joke with our area. Nobody bothers to even check the pace of work on this project despite funds having been already allotted,” a group of locals said.
“This place doesn’t give you the feel of a proper college and I still feel like I am in the higher secondary school,” a female student said. “The students are forced to take up subjects even if they are not to their liking. This is killing the prospect of students,” she said.
College Principal Prof Aarif Ahmed Akhoon said, “There is no dearth of funds for the construction of college building. The construction got delayed due to several reasons like acquisition and compensation to the land owners. We have been given a go-ahead for appointing Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany lecturers and as soon as the building is ready we will provide admissions to the students desiring to take medical streams too,” he said.
The college building is being constructed by the Projects Construction Corporation. “The interior work at Uttersoo college building has been completed and currently the windows are being fixed. We hope by the end of April, we will be completing the pending work and hand over the college to the administration May,” Executive Engineer JKPCC said.