Asif Mohammad Bilal
Tral: The Industrial Training Institute Tral functioning without superintendent from last nine months has adversely affected the functioning of the institute.
The State Technical Education Department has given additional charge of Tral ITI to Principal ITI Anantnag.
“He is mostly busy with his own institute. It is difficult for him to supervise things from Anantnag. It is not only the official work that suffers, but academics have also taken a hit,” an official said. “He has visited twice in nine months; it shows the level of his supervision.”
Due to non-availability of superintendent, the institute is unable to make any proper decisions regarding the office functioning and programs running in the institute. If we want to purchase an even minuscule item for the institute, we have to visit Anantnag, the official said and accused the higher-ups of degrading the status of the institute.
“ITI Tral is one of the oldest ITI’s in Kashmir. The Institute offers courses like Computer operator and programming assistant (COPA), Stenography, Electrician, Data Entry Operators, wielding etc. The Superintendent also acts as a course coordinator. He not only supervises but has the mandate to ensure smooth run of courses,” he said. The institute offers courses in 12 trades and about 400 students are enrolled in the institute.
Citing the example of lack of internet facility in the institute, the official said that it is mandatory for the COPA course and other courses.
“We have no such facility in the institute. When students raise demand for the internet connection, we feel helpless. We have been informing our higher-ups about the issue, but no one takes us seriously. I am sure if we had fulltime superintendent; he would have fulfilled the demand of students,” he said.
Students have appealed Technical Education Minister Imran Raza Ansari to intervene and post Superintendent at the earliest.
When contacted Deputy Director Technical education Ghulam Muhammad Bhat said it is an administrative issue.
“Yes, we know students suffer due to lack of full-time superintendent. I am not supposed to talk about it, but I will apprise the Director about the issue,” he said.