20 new GDC buildings coming up across JK: MoS

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JAMMU: The construction of 20 government degree college (GDC) buildings is underway across the state, of which 4 colleges are targeted to be completed by March 2018 while the remaining are expected to be completed during the next two financial years, Minister of State for Education, Priya Sethi stated on Thursday.
The minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by legislator Yasir Reshi towards the situation that has arisen due to the ‘non-establishment of degree college in Hajin, Bandipora despite the issuance of government order’, an official handout read.
The minister informed that these existing colleges will be equipped with all necessary facilities including laboratories, libraries, and other related equipment to make them fully functional.
“At present, there are 96 government degree colleges functional in the state, of which 69 colleges function in own campuses, including 10 completed in the current financial year 2017-18,” she informed.
The minister said that the State Cabinet vide Decision No.203/12/2017 dated 23.10.2017 has approved the opening of 17 new government degree colleges in the State to cover the devoid areas, the handout read.
The minister further said that three degree colleges at Hajin (Bandipora), Ukhral (Ramban) and Kastigarh (Doda) were announced in the year 2014 without following prescribed norms and resultantly, these could not be made functional.
In addition, there are three government engineering colleges functional in the state including two colleges sanctioned under RUSA at Safapora (Ganderbal) and Kathua, the handout added.