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Making JK colleges digital still an unfinished agenda
Crores released years ago, situation
8/7/2018 11:50:59 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Aug 7: The government's non-seriousness towards upliftment of education sector is reflected by its lethargic approach to establish satellite centres in JK colleges with files pertaining to the issue shelved for years.
As per reports, the delay has caused the blockade of funds to the tune of whopping 1.70 crore rupees. "There is no forward movement being witnessed so that the satellite centres in different colleges in the far flung areas could have been connected with the varsities in Jammu and Srinagar. Though funds were released years ago by the government, the reality on ground continues to remain dismal," says an official.
Reports informed that for taking education to the less privileged population living in far flung areas of the state of Jammu division, the University of Jammu submitted a proposal for establishing campuses at Bhaderwah, Kathua, Udhampur and Poonch. The government while approving the project released 3.70 crore rupees for the five satellite centres.
Documents in possession of Early Times reveal that Rs 70 lakh was released for Reasi while for Ramnagar Rs 80 lakh was released. Similarly, for Surunkote Rs 70 lakh was released and for Billawar and Kishtwar rupees Rs 1 cr and Rs 50 lakh was released respectively. The money was released during the period 2009 to 2012.
During the financial year of 2009-10, an amount of rupees 1.40 crores were released while as during the year 2011-12, an amount of 1.85 crores were given. Similarly, rupees 45 lac. were issued in the year 2011-12.
Reports inform that though three satellite centres were made functional at Kishtiwar, Ram Nagar and Reasi, two satellite centres at Billawar and Surankote for which 1.70 crores were released were not made functional due to the non- availability of land. The funds released for the establishment of these two centres were kept in the bank accounts.
It has been informed further that due to the non-serious approach of the then state government, the land for the establishment of the two satellite centres at Billawar and Surankote was not identified due to which people of these two areas were denied the right to acquire higher education.
Sources meanwhile reveal that there was not any serious effort shown by the state government to acquire the land in these two areas for the satellite campuses and that the project was kept in limbo sans any reason. Even when the funds to the tune of rupees 1.70 crores were released for establishing of the satellite centres, the helmsmen shelved the project without any follow up.
Meanwhile, sources within the dispensation reveal that the government at present is mulling to get details pertaining to what led the concerned authorities from the period 2009 to 2012 to release funds out of the state exchequer for the project for which land wasn't even identified.
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