Shah Tqwqeer ul Islam
Kupwara: The Government Model Women’s Degree College Kupwara is functioning without a principal for last three and half months, which has badly affected the academics and functioning of the college.
The institute was headed by Prof Rayaz Qurashi, but after his retirement on December 31, 2017, the institution has been headless.
All the ten permanent staff members at the college including six assistant professors are on probation as they were recently appointed by Public Service Commission (PSC), leaving the college with no one eligible to take over as in-charge principal.
The college was established under the central sponsored scheme – Establishment of Model Degree Colleges in Educationally Backward Districts – in 2012. It is functioning from a five-room middle school building in Sulkoot.
Besides lack of infrastructure, the college is facing several problems in the absence of a head, as there is no authorised person to sign bills and other documents.
“The government has already appointed a principal for the college but he did not join yet,” convener Civil Society Kupwara, Showkat Masoodi told Kashmir Reader.
“The academics in the college are affected in absence of principal. I come to know that most of the faculty members are irregular and it is unfortunate,” Masoodi said.
The construction work on the college building is also going on, and Masoodi said, it is the duty of principal to look after the work.
Asia Azaz, a student at the college said they have no one to turn to, in case of complaints or issues. “Our class work is going on smoothly and our syllabus is almost completed, the only problem is lack of infrastructure and vacant post of principal” she said.
Another student, Ruqiya Rashid, also seconded the words.
“You can think yourself how a college can function without the head. We face lots of problems and there is no one to discuss these problems” she said.
A teacher at the college also questioned the delay.
“I fail to understand why authorities are delaying the appointment of principal in the college as we are facing lots of problem in absence of head of the institution” he said.
“We appeal the higher ups in government to appoint a principal so that day to day decisions are made.”
DC Kupwara, Khalid Jahangir, said the appointment decision lies with the government.
“It is the government who has to appoint the principal, I can only appeal them,” Janhangir said. Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon told Kashmir Reader that the appointment would be made soon.
“I can understand the problems staff and students are facing in absence of principal and I assure them within couple of days principal will appointed in the college,” Samoon said.
He added that college would be shifted to its own building, which is under construction, this year.