New colleges not to function from GHSSs as per past practice: Altaf Bukhari

JAMMU, FEB 14: Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today said that Government would run new colleges of the state in rented buildings making an end to past practice of running these colleges from Government Higher Secondary Schools.
“The department would hire separate buildings to house new colleges till the construction of the campuses instead of running these from GHSS which badly hampers the education of students of both the institutions,” the Minister said while reviewing the progress on land identification for GDC campus Rafiabad and expansion of Baramulla Degree College campus here at a meeting.
The meeting was attended by Member Legislative Assembly Rafiabad, Yawar Mir, Principal Secretary Higher Education, Dr Asgar Samoon, Director Colleges, Mushtaq Ahmed Chat, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash and other concerned officers.
The Minister took detailed review of the progress made in identification, acquisition of land for Government Degree College Rafiabad and additional land for Baramulla Degree College for its further expansion.
It was informed that district administration has identified over 80-Kanal land for Rafiabad GDC campus and the process of acquisition is in progress.
Altaf Bukhari asked district administration to work out a comprehensive outlay for the campus with a provision for developing a sports stadium within or in the vicinity of the campus.
Highlighting the importance of having a well-equipped sports stadium, the Minister said that the government would pool resources for its development by dovetailing various state and centrally sponsored sports development schemes. The meeting further directed the district administration to remove bottlenecks and expedite the process for acquisition of land for GDC Baramulla.
Meanwhile, the Minister also reviewed the achievements under district plan besides taking stock of implementation of District Development Board (DDB) decisions here at a meeting with the district administration. Deputy Commissioner, Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash gave a detailed resume of the works taken up under core sectors besides the physical and financial achievements recorded. Reviewing the implementation of DDB decisions, the Minister asked the officers to work in a coordinated manner to ensure that these decisions and commitments of Chief Minister are implemented in letter and spirit.
The Minister stressed on early completion of school buildings and other educational infrastructure taken up under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). He asked the district administration to prioritize the school buildings which have little work left while allocating fresh funds.