Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) had suffered a huge loss of infrastructure and intellectual properties during the recent flash floods in Jammu. Research and education has been terminated in the varsity for the time being as heavy floods have completely destroyed farm machinery in the field, classrooms and laboratory equipments of various departments.
Divisions situated at ground floor of the faculty of Agriculture Main Campus, Chatha, are in shambles as the art of technology laboratories of the university have been flooded with huge amount of garbage entering the laboratories that had made the expensive laboratory equipments totally non-functional.
Chemicals worth rupees crore have been washed away and all official record and data of scientists have been reduced to rubbish. Scientific literature, germplasm, microbial cultures have been destroyed and the computers have become non-functional.
While causing extensive damage to the official record of scientists and students, the flash floods from Balol Nallah also flooded the office of the dean of faculty of agriculture SKUAST, Chatha.
Vikas Sharma, president of SKUAST's Teaching Association Jammu (SKUAST-TAJ) appealed to governor NN Vohra to depute a team of experts to assess the ground losses to the university and immediately grant additional budget for reconstruction of the faculty and purchasing of equipments and chemicals.