Baramulla: Students of government degree college Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district are forced to take classes in the tin sheds as the college lacks proper infrastructure including classrooms.
Established in 2005, the college has just one double-storey building for 2465 students of different streams. The students said that among a dozen rooms, several rooms are exclusively used for office purposes, library, staff room, games room and a store. Rest of the rooms are being insufficiently used as classrooms.
The problems faced by the students continue throughout the year. However during winters, it becomes extremely difficult for the students to concentrate in the classrooms.
Principal of the college Prof Ajaz Ahmad said the college does not have sufficient land for construction.
“We have only 12 kanals of land at present. The government sanctioned us more than 29 kanals of land but its documents are still incomplete and we can’t occupy this land without proper documents,” he said.
He said the college management has written to the higher authorities for acquisition of 315 kanals of state land in the area situated in the vicinity of the college.
“If the government allows us t take over the land, the crisis would be resolved forever,” he said.
He said the college does not face any shortage of funds but there is shortage to land for the funds to be utilised.
A local resident said that the government has not paid compensation for the land it earmarked for the college premises. He said the non-payment of compensation was the main hurdle for clearance of revenue papers.