Srinagar: Established almost two years ago, the J&K Higher Education Department’s (HED) only engineering college in Kashmir is yet to be shifted to its permanent campus even as the college administration maintains the constructions were near completion.
Named as Government College of Engineering and Technology (GCET) Safapora, Ganderbal’, the institution is ironically running from Government Degree College, Sumbal, in Bandipora district.
At a time when the college itself operates from a temporary space, the principal of the institution talks about “preparing industry-ready and employable engineers capable of offering technological solutions for the problems faced by the local society…” on the college website.
The solutions, the website says, “will eventually lead to inventions, innovations and of course the patents, which shall form our significant ‘academic progress indicator’”.
Principal, GCET Ganderbal, Dr Rauf Ahmad Khan told Kashmir Reader that the institution’s Safapora campus was “near completion” and hoped that the college would be shifted there this year.
Established under the government of India’s Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme in May 2017, the college was initially made operational as the ‘Institute of Engineering and Technology’ (IET) and was made a constituent college of the University of Kashmir.
However, within six months of its operations, the HED took over the college from KU and rechristened it as GCET.
Its Jammu counterpart established at Janglote and affiliated with Jammu University remains to be a constituent college of the JU.
After taking over the Jammu college initially, the HED repatriated it to JU after student protests in the winter capital.
GCET Ganderbal is reportedly being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 26 crore.