No construction on ground at proposed KU Kupwara campus

No construction on ground at proposed KU Kupwara campus
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IRSHAD KHAN

SRINAGAR: The University of Kashmir has failed to make operational its satellite campus in Kupwara, even as the land was identified for the same seven years ago.
The KU had, in 2011, identified 500 kanals of land in Wayan area of the frontier district.
While the varsity at the time said that it would “soon” establish the campus, sources said that “nothing is practically happening” on the ground.
An official in the Kupwara district administration told Kashmir Reader that during the last seven years, the varsity had built just “one building” within the campus premises .
The campus did not even have an approach road of its own, as per the official.
“On our part, we are done with the Revenue thing. I think they [KU]) have only spoilt the forest land which they had acquired for the campus. We had gone there for a site visit a couple of months ago. Nothing is practically happening since then,” added the official.
Out of a proposed 500 kanals of forest land, only 250 kanals had been allotted to the campus as on date, informed the official.
Although, according to the official, the 250 kanals of land were “sufficient” for the Kupwara satellite campus, he however lamented that the KU had “done nothing on it yet”.
While the district administration had to allot land for the campus, the official said that the construction part pertained to the KU engineering wing.
Over the inordinate delay by the KU to make the Kupwara campus operational, the Executive Engineer of the varsity’s Engineering Wing, Mufti Burhan Shah, said, “It is an academic decision.”
Shah said that the approved structures for the campus constituted a main block and a hostel building.
Admitting to the campus being without an approach road of its own, Shah said that the Kupwara district administration had not provided the required land for the same.
Dean Academic Affairs KU, Prof Musaddiq A Sahaf said that they would visit the campus within a couple of days to take stock of things.
Prof Sahaf said that the delay in making the Kupwara campus operational was also because the courses proposed there, which include Nanotechnology, and require sophisticated infrastructure that is not feasible at the location.
He said that the university council had decided not to offer the course at the satellite campus.
Besides Physics and Energy Studies, Prof Sahaf said that a few undergraduate courses would also be introduced at the campus.
The decisions over making the campus operational and combination of courses, Prof Sahaf said, would be taken by the Governor, the pro-Vice Chancellor of the university and Vice Chancellor Prof Talat in the coming days.

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