CDI students attempt self-immolation, demand affiliation renewal


November 21, 2017

Srinagar: The students of Craft Development Institute (CDI) held protests demanding implementation of the Kashmir University inspection report by the department of handicrafts. The students demanded that the post of director and faculty members must be advertised as per the KU recommendations in accordance with the University Grants Commission guidelines. The students also demanded that the course be considered as allied subject in manufacturing studies so that doors of further studies and career development remain open for them. Two students tried self-immolation but they were immediately rescue by other students. “Why hasn’t the director handicrafts ever visited the institute till date to solve the issue. He doesn’t even receive our phone calls and remains in total denial mode,” said the students. The CDI has been de-affiliated after it was affiliation for the academic year 2011-2012. The institute lacks affiliation since 2012. Even as the CDI remained de-affiliated, it continued to conduct examinations as syllabus, datasheet, admission procedure and examinations were allowed by the KU. Craft development institute is located at Bagh-e-Ali Mardah Khan near Nowshera. It was aimed at integrated development of the Indian handicraft sector. The institute aimed at churning out qualified and skilled professionals is itself playing with the career of almost 50 students. “We won’t allow the courses and the CDI to be shut down. We will fight till justice is done with us. We know there are some forces in the government who don’t want the institute like CDI to work,” the students added. Earlier, Prof Musadiq Amin Sahaf, dean academics of Kashmir University told Kashmir Reader that there were certain norms for affiliation of institutes under UGC. “The institute should have permanent faculty with requisite qualifications,” he said. Joint director of handicrafts Nazir Ahmad Mir who is also enquiry officer, told Kashmir Reader, “Today we again met with concerned officials of the Kashmir University for the report of the investigation. They say the report has been prepared a week ago but say that it will be handed over in another week,” he said.