Baramulla students suffer as KU stops bus service

Baramulla students suffer as KU stops bus service
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Varsity demands six-month advance fee to resume the facility

SHOPORE: The University of Kashmir has stopped bus facility for students of north Kashmir’s twin town Sopore and Baramulla putting students to much inconvenience.
Students who talked to Kashmir Reader said that when they sought the resumption of bus service after the vacations, the administration demanded six-months advance fee.
“It was kind of a shock to us, when we were expecting that a bus will run as per schedule after a winter break it didn’t and when we went to the deputy registrar office to ask, we were told to submit at least six months of transport fee in advance,” a second-year law student told Kashmir Reader.
“When we complained how it was possible for a poor and middle-class family student, they said it is the order of the vice chancellor,” he said.
The students are now using public transport to reach the university in Hazratbal Srinagar, which they said involves immense hardships and expenditure.
Sadia (name changed), a student of Urdu department from Sopore said that the monthly fee for bus service was Rs 2100.
“An advance payment for six months would be more than 10000, which is not possible for a girl like from a poor family. Isn’t it cruel,” she said.
Another student from Political Science department said that at least 26 students, including 20 women, from Baramulla and Sopore were using the bus facility earlier.
“But now we use public transport to reach university, sometimes we miss our classes as we don’t reach in time even if we leave home early. Every day we reach back home very late, which makes our parents worry for our safety,” she said.
Besides, she said, they have to spend some 250 rupees on travel daily.
The students want authorities to have a relook on the matter as it was impacting their education.
Deputy Registrar KU, Mubarik Ahmad Shah told Kashmir Reader that after the winter break just a few students came to his office asking for the bus service.
“But I told them to at least get ten students so that we can resume a bus facility to the area. About fee structure it is same as it is in other universities, we are no exception. They (students) have to get in writing from their HOD about their semester period and according to that they have to fill the fee but if somebody cannot, we cannot do anything about it,” Shah said.
The students said that only few students visited the deputy registrar, “as everyone is not available right now due to exams and the starting of new sessions”.