SRINAGAR: A meeting of Joint Scientist Teachers Forum (SSTA-K & SKUAST-TAJ) was held in which both the associations pledged not to allow fragmentation of both farm varsities of J&K.
A joint statement issued here said the meeting decided that the bifurcation of the varsity would not be allowed at any cost.
The meeting said that any move to establish new universities at the cost of existing farm universities shall be opposed profoundly.
Both presidents pointed out that the state administrative officials are undermining the statutory bodies and seizing the autonomy of the institution.
“We will oppose any such move because of the fact that such policy matters fall under the jurisdiction of various statutory bodies of farm universities, and decided by university council headed by the Governor,” they said.
Dr S A Dar, President SKUAST Scientists Teachers Association (SSTA), Kashmir said, “Two independent veterinary campuses are already functioning properly under SKUAST-K and SKUAST-J and that are more than sufficient to cater to the needs of people of J&K, but (we are) dismayed to learn from some news outlets that state administrative is planning to destroy the existing structure of present varsity which is not tolerable.”
“Some odd numbers of scientists/officers, who want to rehabilitate themselves in the proposed university, are lobbying hard to disintegrate and bifurcate the well established farm varsities using various means and unwarrantedly announcing through press and media,” he said.
It is era of integration of all farming system as the Government of India launched an ambitious programme for doubling farmer’s income by 2022 in an integrated farming approach and some state administrative officials are thinking of disintegration our system by way of creation of separate universities, Dr Dar said addin, by dividing, we are weakening our farming system and causing heavy burden on state exchequer by creating extra human capital, infrastructure, duplicacy of work etc.
Dr Dar said the “hasty and ill-conceived decision of establishing new universities at any campus will paralyse and impede the functioning of these already existing acclaimed farm universities similar apprehensions as voiced by Ex Governor in the 32nd council meeting”.
SKUAST-TAJ President, Dr Vikas Sharma, said that research centres/centres of excellence are the backbone of any professional varsity and these advance centres of research should not be disturbed at any cost for the establishment of new university.
He said the proposal for establishment of more universities in the J&K State is a good idea, but it should not be at the cost of existing farm universities.
Dr. Sharma added that the establishment of a new university means setting up of a new infrastructure, creation of new jobs, like other new institutes that have been established within the states e.g. central universities and other similar universities of J&K but to establish a university in an existing university is just befooling the people and robbing the resources of the parent university.
“We strongly feel that there is a need to modernise, strengthen and support the budding existing farm varsity and develop strong linkage with all the development departments to make livestock industry more productive, remunerative and vibrant than creating new universities,” he said.
The Joint Scientist Teachers Forum has appealed the Chancellor of the University and Chief Secretary to look into the matter.