GWC Zakura college was earlier operating from inside Amar Singh College
Srinagar: Fourth semester students of a government women’s college that was operating from inside Amar Singh College Srinagar are resenting their shift to the new campus, which they say is far off for them.
The students are also not content with choice of another college offered to them, as “it doest offer the subject combinations”.
Scores of students of Government Women’s College Zakura, Wednesday staged a strong protest at Srinagar’s Press Enclave against the move. The students of the 2017 batch had enrolled at the college while it was operating from inside AS College in Gogji Bagh Srinagar.
Now they are finding it difficult to reach to Batpora area in Zakura, where the college campus has come up, in another end of the city, almost on the outskirts.
Their seniors, the 5th semester students, they said, have been accommodated at the AS College itself.
Even though the Higher Education Department had recently said that the students would be adjusted in nearby colleges “as per their convenience”, the infuriated students rubbished the claims.
“We were not even told that the college is going to be shifted. At the time of admission, they told us that our graduation will be completed at the AS College premises,” one of the students said.
“We had even applied for migration in our 3rd semester but they assured us that it won’t be shifted for time being,” another student claimed.
“We won’t leave the college,” she added.
Students pursuing Islamic Studies told Kashmir Reader that the Nawa Kadal College in Srinagar, where they were opted to move, does not offer “the subjects we have opted”.
“There are certain subject combinations, which are not available at all at the college. We won’t leave the college,” added another student.
Moreover, the students said, the college hasn’t provided them transport facility.
“As we have to travel from far flung areas, none of the two colleges, are feasible for us” another protestor explained.
Principal of the College, Maheen Mustafa told Kashmir Reader that they could not adjust the 4th semester students, because
their counterparts at the college have been enrolled by the Cluster University, Srinagar and not Kashmir University, to which the Women’s College is affiliated.
“The 5th semester students at AS College and at our college, both are affiliated to Kashmir University, that is why we could enrol them at AS College,” she clarified.