CUK Nowgam campus students resist admin orders, stage protest

IRFAN RASHID

SRINAGAR:

Students from two social science departments of central university of Kashmir Thursday protested at Nowgam campus as an anti-mark against the “proposed move” of CUK to “shift these departments to Sonwar.”
All the semesters of the two departments of Political science and economics staged a sit-in protest in university campus demanding the revocation of the order of the university regarding their shift of campus in mid-session.
The students of political science department see this decision of the administration as “blind” as they were earlier in Sonwar campus and only in last year August, they were shifted here (Nowgam).
Due to limited availability of seats in CUK “rented” hostel, most of the students from far flung areas have to take rooms on rent and pay money in advance for full semester, students added.
With varsity administration asking the students to shift in mid-session, the students claimed “we are not in position to pay double rent…first here and now in Sonwar”.
Carrying all the belongings of a department from one campus to other campus is a lengthy process. The students claimed “we will again lose our semester like we lost in last year.”
The students who are from north and south Kashmir and can easily reach the Nowgam campus by train are seen the most aghast against the decision of the university.
The students said we are not getting books from the library “as they have packed our books for shifting” and “this thing has given us an alert.”
The protesting students claimed to have approached Dean Academics “he told us I will see what I can do”. When Contacted Vice Chancellor CUK, Professor Mehrajdin Bhat, he said that there have been some rumors circulating in the campus but officially there is no such shift on cards.
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