4 years on, Model Women’s college in Kupwara craves for space

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Shah Tawqeer Ul Islam

Kupwara: Government Degree College for women in Kupwara lacks basic infrastructure that adversely affects the education of girls in the frontier district.
The college was established under the central sponsored scheme–Establishment of Model Degree Colleges in Educationally Backward Districts—and initially began functioning from a middle school building in Sulkoot.
It was given to understand to the people that the construction work would be initiated immediately. The work start in the year 2013 but not a single building was completed. The college continues to function in five rooms of a building even as more than a thousand students are enrolled in it.
“We have only five classrooms of 10×12 feet size and we have to accommodate more than 1000 students of different semesters in them. We somehow manage by taking classes under the shadow of trees in clear days but when it rains, it is not possible to do so,” a teacher working in the college said.
Worse, the college does not have a designated staff room or separate washrooms for students and staff. The principal chamber doubles as library and staffroom for teaching and non-teaching employees. Save half a dozen assistant professors and four class IV employees working on the list of permanent staff members, the college functioning is completely dependent on adhoc and contractual staff. This also affects the smooth functioning of the college.
Interestingly, the college is headless for the past four months.
The sordid state of affairs has compelled many a students to rethink over continuation of their studies in the college.
“I don’t want to continue education here and would be getting enrolled somewhere else because continuation of education in this condition is difficult,” said a third semester student.
A group of locals said that government’s move to halt construction work of the college was astonishing. They say that the state authorities have not paid heed to their pleas to get a permanent address and infrastructure for the college.