Degree College Pampore faces space crunch, infrastructure deficit

Degree College Pampore faces space crunch, infrastructure deficit
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Staff yet to be allocated for Science and Commerce streams introduced this year
Anantnag: The Government Degree College (GDC) situated in the outskirts of Pampore town of Pulwama district is
yet to be upgraded on infrastructure and staff to support the Science and Commerce streams introduced in the institution this academic year.
The students enrolled to the Science and Commerce streams might face a tough time as classes are likely to commence in March when the colleges reopen after winter vacations.
Insiders said that after the introduction of Science or Commerce streams, the requisite faculty was not allotted to the college. The college also does not have classrooms and laboratories to accommodate the students of the two streams.
Established in 2012, the degree college was functioning from the premises of Boys Higher Secondary School till June 2015 and subsequently shifted to its own building in Tulbagh area on the periphery of the town.
The college has a catchment area of 13 higher secondary schools. “Till this year we had only ten subjects of the arts stream, which meant that the space and teachers were enough for the students,” sources said.
Now, however, the college administration maintains, the college has been upgraded to cater to all subjects of Arts stream besides the newly-introduced Science and Commerce streams.
“To be able to accommodate all the students of the three streams we need classrooms. For science stream we need four laboratories and for Commerce stream a dedicated computer lab,” an official in the college administration said.
However, no such facilities are available as of now.
Moreover, no faculty has been allotted to the college for these streams introduced in this academic year, making the college administration nervous as the date of commencement of classes is inching closer.
“What are we going to tell the students? Should we tell them that the decision to upgrade the college was a political one and only restricted to papers with no up gradation taking place on infrastructure or staff,” asked an college official.
Director Colleges, Prof Zahoor Ahmad Chatt told Kashmir Reader that the decision to upgrade a college is taken on the basis of requisition sent by the concerned principal.
“The college has been upgraded with Science and Commerce streams because the principal wrote to us and he must have taken the infrastructure into consideration,” Chatt said.
He however said that in case the college authorities feel they do not have ample space and other infrastructure “they should write to us and we will see what can be done”.
On the allocation of staff Chatt assured that the issue will be taken care of before the classes are commenced in March this year.