Srinagar, Jun 14: Signifying the poor performance of the Kashmir University administration to run its offsite satellite campuses, the Kupwara campus is yet to be made functional by the varsity administration.
The offsite campus for Kupwara was announced more than five years ago with an aim to provide higher educational facilities to the students in the frontier district. “But the tall claims of the University administration has fallen flat as the campus is yet to be made operational since 2011,” an official said who is privy to the developments.
The students said that the failure of the university administration to make the campus functional has exposed the laxity of the administration. “It has become a distant dream for us to see this campus functional here in district,” said Arshid one of the students in Kupwara.
The delay on part of the Kashmir University administration has added to the miseries of the students who have to move out of state to pursue their post-graduation courses. “There is a limited intake capacity in KU main campus and opting for other campuses is no different from moving out of state.
It would have been better for the KU administration to make this campus functional which would increase the intake capacity as well,” the students said.
The residents while expressing their anguish against the KU administration told KNO that the establishment of satellite campus would have increased employment opportunity for locals who otherwise struggle to get their jobs.
The locals said that the construction of campus was halted few years ago due to some internal issues between the contractors and University authorities. It may be recalled that the satellite campus was announced Prof Talat during his first tenure here in 2011. The announcement was made with an aim to offer quality education to the students of Kupwara district.
There are around five to four degree colleges in Kupwara and Handwara town including adjoining areas where more than 1500 students graduate every year after completing their gradation course. “But these students either opt for distance mode to complete their post-graduation or move out of state. Very few get selected at main campus given the tough competition among the students seeking admission for PG courses,” the students said.
Registrar KU, Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir when contacted said that the varsity administration has taken note of the issue and the construction of the campus will be started very soon after the confrontation between the contractor and varsity is resolved. “We are actively pursuing the issue. We want to make the campus functional as soon as possible,” Mir said.
Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar
Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar
Srinagar, Jun 25: The Srinagar administration Tuesday launched a city-wide crackdown on illegal sale of cigarettes among other tobacco products holding simultaneous inspections of markets in various areas.
The inspections were held in the wake of growing concerns about increasing prevalence of substance abuse in Srinagar and to verify adherence to the Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act or COTPA 2003 which prohibits advertisement of and provides for regulation of trade and commerce in production and distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Large number of stores and vendors situated at different places were found selling cigarettes without the mandatory pictorial warnings on packets thereof. Huge cache of such cigarettes was also seized from various markets during the inspections.
Some 50 stores and vendors including those found selling cigarettes among other tobacco products close to schools among other educational institutions in violations of COTPA and violating other provisions thereof were booked with several of them sealed during the inspections.
It is notable that the data suggests that the annual amount spent on tobacco consumption in Srinagar is a staggering Rs 131 crore which is the highest in the State. This among other forms of substance abuse involving both genders is growing into a serious cause of concern in the district.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who has issued strict instructions to concerned officers to crackdown on violators and offenders said violations of COTPA account for serious offences and will be dealt with in the context of public safety.
Dr Shahid assured of sustained efforts to check substance abuse in Srinagar but also urged the general public and parents in particular to do their bit emphasizing their important role therein and to assist the administration in its efforts to curb prevalence thereof.
Last month a district level coordination committee comprising 15 members from different departments and organisations was constituted in the district for the implementation of COTPA.
Different members of the committee have been assigned different roles and responsibilities for ensuring effective and functional application of tobacco control in the district.
Amit Shah should start process of dialogue with all stakeholders: Sagar
Srinagar, Jun 25: Ahead of the visit of union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference has hoped that the central government will begin dialogue on Kashmir to restore peace in the state.
National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said that Kashmir valley is going through bloodshed, tension and arrests of youth on daily basis which further deteriorate the situation.
“Home ministers visit Kashmir, but this time we hope the visiting home minister will start process of dialogue with all stakeholders here which will help improve the situation,” he said.
He said that the daily pensive situation, ongoing bloodshed, and arrests of youth will stop only through initiatives of peace through dialogue.
“We hope the visit of home minister should make difference in Kashmir situation. If the home minister starts any dialogue process to which will improve situation here, we welcome it,” he said.
Expressing the displeasure with the Reservation Bill brought up the home minister, Sage said that NC is against the procedure which was adopted by the central government.
“The procedure adopted by the centre government to bring the bill violation of article 370. We are not against reservation for any particular section of people. We are against the procedure adopted by the government,” he said.
He said that Member Parliament of National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah will take a stand over the bill in the ongoing session of Parliament.
Amit Shah should inaugurate a new era of engagement in Kashmir: Faesal
Srinagar, Jun 25: President J&K Peoples Movement Shah Faesal has said that on his maiden visit to Kashmir as Home Minister, Amit Shah should inaugurate a new age of engagement and reach out to people of the State.
In a statement issued, Shah Faesal said that Central Government led by PM Narendra Modi has an extraordinary opportunity to take bold decisions on Kashmir and bring peace to Valley while taking all stakeholders on board.
He argued for initiation of dialogue process, resumption of Cross LoC trade, freeing of political prisoners who are in jails for minor offenses, among other political initiatives needed at this hour.
Shah Faesal also called for immediate implementation of Universal Basic Income scheme for BPL households of the State, age relaxation of UPSC/JEE IIT aspirants from J&K State, improvement of inter-provincial road connectivity and four-laning if Srinagar-Salamabad, Srinagar-Teetwal roads.
JKPM President expressed hope that the Home Minister would facilitate creation of an environment of peace in which developmental activity and will pick up and Tourism potential of the State will be harnessed.