Unfinished for seven years, KU’s Kupwara satellite campus prey to theft

Unfinished for seven years, KU’s Kupwara satellite campus prey to theft
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IRSHAD KHAN

SRINAGAR: The proposed satellite campus for Kashmir University (KU) in Kupwara district is a prime example of administrative inertia as the campus, incomplete for seven years, is now witnessing a ‘loot’ of the two buildings constructed for it so far.
KU had, in 2011, identified 500 kanals of land in Wayan area of the frontier district.
A top KU official informed Kashmir Reader that there were “no required buildings” at the site sufficient to make the campus operational.
“There is just a building and a hostel so far,” the official said.
Instead of any progress in the work, there was open theft at the two buildings instead, as per the official.
“The windows and other items have been stolen from the buildings,” he added.
The required staff for the campus has also not been recruited, the official said.
An official in the district administration Kupwara told Kashmir Reader that the campus did not even have its own approach road.
“For 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. Practically nothing has happened there since then,” he alleged.
Dean Academic Affairs, KU, Prof Musadiq A Sahaf said that the development section of the varsity had been instructed to “arrange funds for a building block by next year” for the Kupwara campus.
“The required staff would be appointed early next year, after which the campus would be made functional. If everything goes well, it will be functional next academic session,” Prof Sahaf hoped.
Prof Sahaf said that the university was “mainly focusing” on the Kupwara campus “as this is the only campus not functional as on date”.
In-charge Director of the Kupwara satellite campus, Prof Farooq A Mir hoped that the campus would be made operational next year.
Prof Mir acknowledged that the two buildings built at the site so far were “not sufficient”.
“There has to be a proper infrastructure including laboratories at the campus,” he added.
Prof Mir denied that the campus was without an approach road of its own.
He however said that the approach road was “comparatively narrower in width”.
He said that the varsity administration had written to the Forest Department to acquire additional land for the road.
“It is under process. We have already done a survey in this regard,” he said.