Srinagar: Terming the expulsion of Kashmiri students a biggest challenge, Private Schools Association Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) and Coaching Centers’ Association of Kashmir (CCAK) on Friday asked the government to expedite the process of setting up of new colleges and universities.
Addressing the media persons, President, PSAJK, Ghulam Nabi Var said that joint efforts should be made to secure the future of the students who have or are in the process of coming back to Kashmir in the wake of attacks against them in other states.
“Around 3000 students have arrived from different states, in the coming days more students are expected to arrive. We all should work to ensure that they don’t lose their academic year. We are ready to conduct their classes, now it is the government that has to take the call, designate the examining authority,” he said.
Condemning the attacks, Var demanded the implementation of Private Education Act (PEA) at an earliest.
“Every year around 11,000 youth move out of the valley for education. Mainly the youth belong to the economy class. Had government allowed us to establish our own colleges, the situation would have been different,” he said.
Var said that around 100 files, pertaining to the establishment of colleges and universities are pending for want of clearance.
“The permission should be granted at an earliest. In the meantime, some educational institutes including Green Valley Educational Institute (GVEI) and JK Public School should be allowed to start under graduate courses,” he said.
He threatened to boycott the Pradhanmantri Mantri Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), in case the colleges and universities of the state were not included.
“Every year, around 2000 students avail the scholarship. Every year around Rs 1200 crores have been going into kitty of outside institutions,” he said.
“Education should not be politicized. No attention has been paid towards the establishment of private colleges and universities. The other states have been doing everything possible for the establishment of private educational institutions,” he said.
When asked, he said that many educationists have approached the association for the purpose of teaching.
“Even professors of KU, IUST, NIT, etc have also approached us. They are ready to teach the students. We have made all arrangements to accommodate them .The courses like B.V.S.C and M.B.B.S need infrastructure,” he said.
He expressed gratitude to all, who helped the Kashmiri students in different states.