STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Accusing the government of making a mockery of higher education system by opening Degree Colleges in single and two room apartments in various locations of the State, Harsh Dev Singh, JKNPP Chairman and former Minister on Thursday urged upon the State Governor to ensure provision of adequate facilities before start of academic session therein. Briefing media persons here, Harsh expressed dismay that such institutes of higher learning were being established in existing middle schools and in dilapidated private rooms that were unfit even from safety point of view. Only yesterday, a new Degree College was inaugurated by Secretary Higher Education and made operational in a Panchayat Ghar in village Dadoora, Katra while another one in Neeli Nallah Panchayat Ghar which was unprecedented in the history of the State. “The government must realize that it’s a Degree College and not an Anganwari centre” cautioned Singh. “The most distressing aspect of the matter is utter disregard for and non provision of desired facilities, staff and other necessary pre-requisites for operationalization of any of these 102 new degree colleges announced during the last one year under Governor Rule with not even a single post of teaching or non teaching faculty provided till date,” said Singh. Harsh maintained that these political colleges were being announced only to cheat the people of the state for vote bank politics without they serving the desired objective of diversification of higher education. Expressing dismay over yet another announcement of Secretary Higher Education that Rs 3 lakh each is being released for every new degree college, Singh said that the government had made the most contemptuous mockery of higher education system itself. An amount of Rs 3 lakh did not suffice even for launching a cattle shed and the government wants to operationalise a degree college within the said amount, said the Ex-Education Minister. He regretted that in Dudu Basantgarh the poor people were being forced to give their private rooms free of cost to the government so that it could put up its Degree College Board on those private premises. Flaying the government for playing treachery upon the people over the issue of new Degree Colleges, Singh called upon the Governor to sanction Rs 10-15 crore for each degree college if the government was really sincere about opening of such colleges in the remote and uncovered areas. He said that NPP would not allow govt to play with careers of students. Surinder Chouhan District President (Rural) of JKNPP was also present.
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